Streaming production


Encoding for Multiple Devices

Many streaming producers are increasing the number of mobile and over-the-top (OTT) platforms that they support while implementing adaptive streaming to enhance the viewing experience on each. There are two ways to accomplish this: produce a unique set of streams for each target, or derive one smaller group of files that will effectively serve all platforms. In this How-To article, I'll explore the latter approach.

Deliver an Awesome Webcast from Your Desk

So you've been tasked (or you decided) to produce If you're working in a small home or office with a webcast from your office. Congratulations, it's a great way to communicate directly with one or hundreds of viewers. Of course, one critical factor impacting how effectively you communicate is the quality of your audio and video. In this article, I'll explore a range of tips and techniques you can use to maximize that quality.

Article on Closed Captioning at Streaming Media Magazine

Here's the intro: Though relatively few websites are required to provide closed captions for their videos, any website with significant video content should consider captioning. Not only does it provide access for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers,...

Closed Captioning for Streaming Media

Though relatively few websites are required to provide closed captions for their videos, any website with significant video content should consider captioning. Not only does it provide access for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers, but captions and the associated metadata can dramatically improve video search engine optimization. In this introduction to closed captions, you’ll learn about who needs to caption and who doesn’t (and why you may want to anyway), the available workflows for captioning live events and on-demand files, and a bit about web caption formats and how to marry them to your streaming files.

 

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Jan Ozer Interview at Streaming Media West

OK, so this is definitely a homer interview, but content is content right. Some night where you're having trouble falling asleep, check out this video which reviews the highlights and key takeaways of Streaming Media West 2012. Topics include live s...

Handout for Choosing a Live Encoder - SMWest 2012

Here's the seminar description:

Choosing a Live Streaming Encoder: This session discusses factors to consider when choosing a live streaming encoder, starting with free or inexpensive software options to high-volume, big iron systems, including quality, performance, portability, features, and format support. The session also examines how new cloud- based features such as live transrating are changing the requirements for on-location encoding. If you’re considering buying hardware or software for producing live events, you’ll find this session particularly useful.

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Handout for Encoding for Flash, Mobile and HTML5 - SMWest 2012

Here's the seminar description:

Encoding for Flash, Mobile and HTML5: Learn the technological fundamentals behind encoding for both H.264 and WebM formats. Learn how to encode H.264 for HTML5 distribution and streaming to iOS and other mobile devices, as well as how to encode it for Flash, including live, on-demand, and RTMP, as well as HTTP-based adaptive streaming. For WebM, learn the basics of on-demand streaming, plus get a look at live WebM encoders. Finally, get an update on how to stream adaptively to all these targets.

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Choosing an Enterprise Encoder - Europe 2012

Here's the seminar description:

This session will discuss factors to consider when choosing an enterprise video encoding system from the likes of Ateme, MainConcept, Thomson Video Networks, and others. Factors incorporated into the analysis will include performance, output quality, quality control options, format support, expansion options, programmability, and other variables. If you're considering buying an enterprise encoder or 1 upgrading your current systems, you'll find this session particularly useful.

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Encoding for iDevices - Streaming Media Europe

Just finished a seminar on Encoding for iDevices. Here's the description:

This seminar starts by detailing the playback specs for all iDevices, old and new. Then, learn the strategies used by prominent iTunes publishers to serve the complete range of installed iDevices. Next, the seminar switches to cellular wireless delivery, with a technical description of Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), including recommendations for the number of streams and Apple’s encoding parameters. The seminar concludes with a review of encoding options for HLS and techniques for serving multiple target platforms such as Flash and iDevices with a single set of encoded H.264 files.

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Encoding for HTML5

Here in London speaking at Streaming Media Europe on encoding for HTML5. Here's the seminar description:

Learn the technological fundamentals behind encoding both H.264 and WebM formats for playback with the HTML5 tag. Find out more about the basics of H.264 and WebM encoding, and how to produce it for HTML5 distribution. In addition, see how the various H.264 and WebM encoding tools compare in regards to performance, quality and features.

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