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Forum Presentation: Royalties on H264, HEVC, and DASH

I gave a recent talk on royalties at the Streaming Forum, entitled HEVC, H.264 and MPEG-DASH Royalty Update. Here's the description. Ten years ago, to stream video, you needed to know how to encode to H.264 and configure Flash. Now you have to be a patent lawyer. The end of 2016 was brutal from a ...Read more

By | 2017-03-08T19:40:33+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Forum Presentation: Royalties on H264, HEVC, and DASH

Download Handout from Rating HEVC Contenders

Below is the handout from my presentation at the Streaming Forum entitled, HEVC: Rating the Contenders Operators adding HEVC to their delivery pipeline will have plenty of codec options, but who has the time to evaluate their features, output quality, and performance? No worries – codec specialist Jan Ozer has done the work for you, ...Read more

By | 2017-03-08T19:44:37+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Download Handout from Rating HEVC Contenders

Choosing the Data Rate for your Mezzanine Files

(Note: This article was amended to show the comparative results at 6 mbps)Summary (The MPD)As more and more producers move their encoding to the cloud, or distributing via OVPs or other service providers, the data rate for the mezzanine files is significant factor for upload time and bandwidth and storage costs. The big question is, ...Read more

By | 2017-02-23T00:57:23+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Choosing the Data Rate for your Mezzanine Files

Apple Makes Sweeping Changes to HLS Encoding Recommendations

Author's note: This article was updated to include subjective comparisons of the 30p and 60p clips. N2224 has long been considered the Rosetta Stone of ABR encoding (image courtesy of Beamr).Apple TN2224 was originally posted in March 2010 to provide direction for streaming producers encoding for delivery to iOS devices via HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). Because the ...Read more

By | 2017-02-23T00:56:41+00:00 January 9th, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Apple Makes Sweeping Changes to HLS Encoding Recommendations

How To: Build Your Own Cloud Encoder With FFmpeg

Here's the session description; click below to download the handout and watch the session. Almost all of the commercial cloud encoding services, and many of the largest streaming producers encode in the cloud using FFmpeg. It’s cheap, relatively simple, and highly effective. To accomplish this yourself, you need two basic skill sets; first how to ...Read more

By | 2017-03-23T14:46:44+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on How To: Build Your Own Cloud Encoder With FFmpeg

D101 – How To: Fine-Tuning Your Adaptive Encoding Groups With Objective Quality Metrics

Here's the session description; scroll down to download the handout and watch the video. Choosing the number of streams in an adaptive group and configuring them is usually a subjective, touchy-feely exercise, with no way to really gauge the effectiveness and efficiency of the streams. However, by measuring stream quality via metrics such as PSNR, SSIM, ...Read more

By | 2017-02-23T00:57:46+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on D101 – How To: Fine-Tuning Your Adaptive Encoding Groups With Objective Quality Metrics

W2: Encoding 2016: Codecs and Packaging for PCs, Mobile and OTT/STB/Smart TVs

Here's the description for my workshop at Streaming Media West; download the handout below:As video resolutions increase and target playback platforms multiply, video producers must leave their H.264/HLS/HDS comfort zone and expand into HEVC, VP9, and MPEG-DASH. This workshop is divided into multiple segments by target platform to teach you the applicable standards and best ...Read more

By | 2016-10-31T00:00:00+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on W2: Encoding 2016: Codecs and Packaging for PCs, Mobile and OTT/STB/Smart TVs

Cloud Pricing Survey Shows Hybrik Least Expensive Option By Far

I recently finished a white paper comparing the pricing for a new cloud encoding service named Hybrik with multiple cloud providers, including Amazon Elastic Transcoder, Microsoft Azure, Bitmovin, encoding.com, Telestream Cloud, and Zencoder. The white-paper was sponsored by Hybrik, and you can download it below. By way of background, I ran all calculations by the respective services (except ...Read more

By | 2017-02-23T00:57:29+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Cloud Pricing Survey Shows Hybrik Least Expensive Option By Far

Bitrate Control and QoE-CBR is Better

Summary (The MPD) When distributing video under constrained conditions, the bitrate control technique used to encode the files can have a profound impact on the quality of experience (QoE). Specifically, under some conditions, CBR-encoded files deliver a superior QoE to files encoded using 200% constrained VBR, while also reducing the overall bandwidth delivered. For producers ...Read more

By | 2017-03-27T21:04:40+00:00 August 7th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Bitrate Control and QoE-CBR is Better

How to Use Objective Quality Measurement Tools

Every compressed file involves dozens of configuration-related decisions, including resolution, data rate, H.264 profile, VBR or CBR, entropy coding technique, x.264 preset, b-frames, reference frames—the list goes on and on. Most encoding prof

By | 2017-02-23T00:59:23+00:00 June 18th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on How to Use Objective Quality Measurement Tools