Public and private production and encoding training from Jan Ozer, one of the most respected voices in streaming and the author of five-star books Video Encoding by the Numbers: Eliminate the Guesswork from Your Streaming Video, and its highly regarded predecessor, Producing Streaming Media for Multiple Stream Delivery.
There are few university degrees for streaming production, so most streaming producers are self-taught. This often results in critical knowledge gaps that can cause inefficient workflows, suboptimal quality, bandwidth inefficiencies or unstable or erratic playback. As streaming video becomes more mission critical for all organizations, these types of errors become more and more costly. The obvious solution is training.
Jan Ozer, the owner of the Streaming Learning Center, has taught video encoding to thousands of production professionals over the last 20 years, in public seminars hosted by Streaming Media Magazine annually in Manhattan, London and Huntington Beach, and in custom private workshops for corporations, universities and government agencies. The public seminars are affordable, and available as a component of a much larger event. Please check the Streaming Media site for more information on timing and availability.
The private workshops are customized, and when multiple students attend, can be much more affordable than off-site training.
Private workshops tailor the content to your specific needs and are taught using the encoders and other tools actually utilized by your staff. While creating the instructional materials, we review all encoding presets and workflows. This ensures that your staff learns how to produce the optimal quality file most efficiently using their existing toolset.
Training is typically broken into multiple functional topics, usually lasting one to two hours each. Custom handouts are prepared and distributed to all attendees. You can see multiple samples of these handouts below in the public seminars area.
Topics are selected by the client, but often include:
– Producing for Multiple Screen Delivery. Most producers are starting to produce video for delivery for multiple screens, including desktop, mobile and over the top platforms (OTT) which involves multiple concepts and technologies like the various flavors of adaptive streaming, transmuxing and the differences between app-based and browser-based delivery. In this course, attendees learn the fundamentals necessary to produce the fewest number of streams for delivery to the broadcast number of playback platforms. Click here to download a handout on multiple screen delivery from a talk at Streaming Media East in May, 2017. Click here for more information on Jan Ozer’s book, Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery.
– Introduction to Streaming Media. Familiarizes attendees with terms and concepts used in streaming media and how streaming differs from analog, broadcast and disc-based delivery. Explores general encoding concepts like I-, B- and P-frames, constant and variable bitrate encoding, delivery paradigms like streaming vs. progressive download and single file vs. adaptive streaming. Particularly useful to staff with minimal video-related experience or camera operators who are branching into encoding.
– Producing Video for the Web. An introductory class to new camera operators, or camera operators who have previously worked exclusively in broadcast. Covers standard topics like setting the scene, lighting, audio, controlling exposure with a view towards optimizing footage for streaming encoding. Particularly useful to production professionals without formal video training. Download a handout from a presentation at Streaming Media West 2011, here.
During the initial call, the client identifies the topics to be covered, the available time and the number of attendees. We create an estimate of required course development and on-site days and present that to the client. We agree on the cost and schedule the course.
Typically, clients share their current encoding presets (under NDA if necessary) and provide access to their encoder if it’s not a tool that we have in-house. Clients may also supply sample clips of representative content so that we can test the presets to determine if they produce optimal quality and bandwidth efficiency. We can also prepare equivalent encodes with competitive tools to assess the output quality of current encoder.
We develop the handouts and deliver them to the client two to three days before the event so they can be distributed to attendees.
To get started, call Jan Ozer at 276-235-8542, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan Ozer is the chief instructor for the Streaming Learning Center, and he is available for half-day, full-day and multi-day streaming video production and streaming video encoding-related seminars. Jan is a producer, author, and consultant who has been instructing video production-related courses since 1993. He’s a contributing editor for Streaming Media Magazine and wrote virtually all of the content available on the Streaming Learning Center website. He’s also the author of Video Encoding by the Numbers: Eliminate the Guesswork from Your Streaming Video, and its highly regarded predecessor, Producing Streaming Media for Multiple Stream Delivery.