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What Is DRM?

The move away from plugins like Flash and Silverlight has made video delivery easier, but it's also made DRM more complicated. Here's what DRM looks like today, along with a discussion of the leading DRM technologies and DRM service providers. If you plan to distribute premium content from the major U.S. studios, you'll need to ...Read more

By | 2017-04-11T01:19:07+00:00 July 11th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on What Is DRM?

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

VP9 Finally Comes of Age, But Is it Right for Everyone?

Publishers and encoding companies alike are beginning to embrace VP9, Google's open source codec. Here's how it stacks up on quality and data rates. The value proposition for VP9 is clear, as stated in Figure 1: “Adaptive HD streaming with 1/2 the data of H.264!” Half the data rate cuts your bandwidth and storage costs ...Read more

By | 2017-04-11T01:27:22+00:00 June 11th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on VP9 Finally Comes of Age, But Is it Right for Everyone?

Review: V-Nova Perseus: Does its Compression Live Up to the Hype?

London-based V-Nova has made some impressive claims about Perseus, its compression technology. Streaming Media's preliminary testing shows that it lives up to some of them. V-Nova launched its compression technology, Perseus, on April Fools’ Day 2015, claiming “2x–3x average compression gains, at all quality levels, under practical real-time operating scenarios versus H.264, HEVC and JPEG2000.” ...Read more

By | 2017-04-11T01:21:23+00:00 June 11th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Review: V-Nova Perseus: Does its Compression Live Up to the Hype?

Netflix Introduces New Quality Metric

Netflix announced the open-source availability of the Video Multimethod Assessment Fusion, which it's now using instead of PSNR to analyze the quality of transcodes in its vast catalog. Yesterday, Netflix announced the open-source availability of its new video quality metric, the Video Multimethod Assessment Fusion (VMAF) in a long, explanatory blog post. Netflix uses the ...Read more

By | 2017-04-11T01:25:48+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Netflix Introduces New Quality Metric

What is AV1?

Scheduled to be the first codec released by the Alliance for Open Media, AV1 is positioned to replace VP9 and compete with HEVC. While we don't know many details yet, the backing of the Alliance should give AV1 a significant competitive advantage. The AV1 codec will be the first codec released by the Alliance for ...Read more

By | 2017-04-11T01:29:18+00:00 June 3rd, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on What is AV1?

Fine-Tuning Your Adaptive Encoding Groups With Objective Quality Metrics

Click below to download the presentation or to view the conference video. Here's the description. 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, ...Read more

By | 2017-02-23T00:58:28+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Fine-Tuning Your Adaptive Encoding Groups With Objective Quality Metrics

Streaming Media East Presentation: Status of HEVC and Other UHD Codecs

[Author's note: Video from the session is available below, as is the presentation.]The two biggest pricing mistakes you can make is to assume that the market has no alternative, and that you don't have to get it right the first time. HEVC Advance in particular, and the HEVC IP ownership group in general, who still ...Read more

By | 2016-05-10T00:00:00+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Streaming Media East Presentation: Status of HEVC and Other UHD Codecs

Handout for Codecs and Packaging 2016

Click below to download the handout. Here's the description.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 strategies for delivering live and ...Read more

By | 2017-02-23T00:58:47+00:00 May 9th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Handout for Codecs and Packaging 2016

Eventstream Review: Profit From Paid Live Online Video Events

The combination of Eventstream, Eventbrite, and YouTube Live lets anyone charge for a live webinar, generating leads they can use to grow their business. While a strong contender, the help system could be a lot more helpful. Ustream, Livestream, YouTube Live, and other live streaming services are affordable and work well, but lack two key ...Read more

By | 2017-04-11T01:32:50+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Eventstream Review: Profit From Paid Live Online Video Events