Streaming production

Review of Moscow State University Video Quality Measurement Tool

A recent consulting project necessitated that I add objective quality measurements to the analysis. The tool I used was the Moscow Statue University Video Quality Measurement Tool (VQMT), which enables comparisons using Peak Signal to Noise (PSNR), S...

Found in Translation: How Captioning and Translation Can Deliver Eyeballs

I recently heard a story about the power of captioning and translation that I wanted to share. By way of background, I was writing a story about cloud encoding, talking to various users to learn why they choose to encode in the cloud, rather than on ...

Love that Lowel TRIO

Last week, at my session Producing a Webcast from Soup to Nuts at Streaming Media East, Lowel Light Inc. was kind enough to loan me a Lowel TRIO light kit. I was looking for a light kit that I could setup in minutes, with focusable lights that I cou...

Stream With Care: Simple Production Tips for Quality Results

Most seasoned compressionists know that you can’t have high-quality streaming media without quality audio and video. In honor of our production issue, I thought I would list the production techniques that can make or break audio and video quality.

Stream With Care: Simple Production Tips for Quality Results

My latest column for Streaming Media magazine is a must read for anyone who produces (rather than simply encoding) streaming video. Here's the intro. Most seasoned compressionists know that you can’t have high-quality streaming media without qualit...

Choosing a Capture Card for FMLE

I received this email the other day from the Division Manager of Web Based Services for a large southern city. He said: While doing research, I found your “Choosing a Live Streaming Encoder” presentation on YouTube. I found it very informative ...

Choosing an Enterprise Encoder

Here's the description; head over to the article page to download the handout and watch the conference video.

This session discusses factors to consider when choosing on- demand enterprise video encoding systems from the likes of Digital Rapids, Elemental, Harmonic, Sorenson, and Telestream. Factors incorporated into the analysis include performance, output quality, quality control options, format support, expansion options, programmability, and other variables. If you’re considering buying an enterprise encoder or upgrading your current systems, you’ll find this session particularly useful.

Video Encoding for Producers

This presentation was for Streaming Media Producer Live. Here's the description. 

To maximize reach and revenue, online video producers need to deliver video that plays effectively on multiple computer and mobile platforms. To accomplish this, you need to know some fundamentals about the H.264 codec, as well as the playback requirements and limitations of all target platforms. You also need to know the benefits and limitations of HTML5 and advanced technologies such as HTTP Live Streaming, Flash Dynamic Streaming, and Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH). This session provides streaming producers with the information they need to produce and deliver video that plays effectively on the most relevant platforms used by their target viewers.

Click over to the main article to download the handout.

Choosing a Cloud Encoder

Here's the seminar description. Click over to the main page to downoad the handout and view the presentation.

The session starts by describing what cloud encoding is and how it works for both live and on-demand applications. Then it details the types of applications that work well with cloud encoding, using mini-case studies of actual users. Next, it identifies factors to consider when choosing an on-demand and live-cloud encoding service, including qualitative and performance results from recent reviews. Attendees leave knowing how cloud encoding works, which applications are particularly well-suited for the cloud, and how to choose a cloud provider.

Video Tutorial: Supporting HTML5 with Flash Fallback in Sorenson Squeeze 9

Squeeze 9 is a great tool for creating HTML5 compatible videos with the HTML code necesssary for both HTML5 playback and fallback to Flash. This tutorial explains how. Click here to view the Streaming Media article with an annotated transcript of the...