Webinars

This is a list of upcoming seminars sponsored and produced by the Streaming Learning Center

Overview: Get Your Videos Online, Tuesday August 6, 2013; 2:00-2:30 PM EST

Configuring Your Streaming Video, Tuesday August 20, 2013; 2:00-2:30 PM EST

Fundamentals of H.264 Encoding, Wednesday September 4, 2013; 2:00-2:30 PM EST

Setting Generic Compression Parameters, Thursday September 19, 2013; 2:00-2:30 PM EST

Distributing to Desktops and Mobile Devices via HMTL5, Wednesday October 9, 2013; 2:00-2:30 PM EST

Implementing Advanced and Adaptive Streaming, Tuesday October 22, 2013; 2:00-2:30 PM EST

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Overview: Get Your Videos Online, Tuesday August 6, 2013; 2:00-2:30 PM EST

Who this free seminar is for: The use of streaming video has skyrocketed because it can be extraordinarily effective for sales, marketing, communications, and other critical functions. This introductory seminar is for website stakeholders who want to learn how to add video into their web sites. It’s also a useful foundation for producers who wish to attend future webinars on more advanced topics. This webinar is sponsored and will be produced by Onstream Media.

What it covers:

  • The seminar starts by defining common streaming-related terms like bandwidth, codec, data rate and others, which are necessary to understand how streaming works and how best to implement it.

  • Next, it details the high-level workflow for presenting video on your website, including the role of compression and the differences between distribution alternatives like progressive download, streaming and adaptive streaming.

  • The seminar then identifies distribution alternatives like user generated content (UGC) sites like YouTube and Vimeo and online video platforms (OVPs) like Brightcove and Kaltura, and discusses the pros and cons of each alternative.

  • Then it shows how to encode video for uploading to YouTube, how to upload the video file and then how to embed the video file from YouTube into a web page.

What you will learn: Attendees will walk away with a high level understanding of how streaming works and the specific ability to upload a video to YouTube and embed it in their own website.

Click here to register for this webinar.

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Configuring Your Streaming Video, Tuesday August 20, 2013; 2:00-2:30 PM EST

Who this free seminar is for: If your video looks ugly, or isn’t smoothly playing on your target computers or mobile devices, it’s likely that your video configuration isn’t optimal. This webinar is for video producers who want help identifying the optimal resolution, frame rate and data rate for their streaming video, whether encoding for delivery from their own website or to upload to an online video platform (OVP) or user generated content site (UGC).

What it covers:

  • The seminar starts by defining video resolution, frame rate and data rate, and by showing the video configuration used by high volume broadcast sites like CNN, ESPN and corporate sites like Apple, Starbucks, Target and others.

  • Then it defines bits per pixel, which is the best metric for quickly understanding the quality of your streaming video, and details how to use bits per pixel when configuring your own streaming files.

  • The seminar concludes with guidelines for encoding your video for uploading to UGC and OVP sites.

What you will learn: You will learn how your current video configuration compares with prominent broadcast and corporate sites, how to use the bits per pixel value to help configure your videos, and how to configure your video for uploading to UGC and OVP sites.

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Fundamentals of H.264 Encoding, Wednesday September 4, 2013; 2:00-2:30 PM EST

Who this free seminar is for: H.264 is the most widely used codec today, primarily because H.264-encoded video can be played on all computers and mobile devices. However, several key configuration options like profiles and levels control both compatibility and quality. This webinar is for producers encoding with the H.264 codec who want to learn how to optimize the playback compatibility and quality of their H.264-encoded files.

What it covers:

  • What profiles are and how they impact quality and compatibility for computers and mobile devices.

  • Which profiles to use to ensure compatibility with computers and mobile devices.  

  • What entropy encoding is and how the two techniques, CABAC and CAVLC, impact quality and compatibility.

  • What B-frames and reference frames are and how they impact quality.

  • How to use presets to optimize encodes with the MainConcept and x264 codecs.

What you will learn: You will learn which profiles to use for your H.264 encodes, how to choose an entropy encoding technique, and which B-frame and reference frame intervals produce the best quality.

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Setting Generic Compression Parameters, Thursday September 19, 2013; 2:00-2:30 PM EST

Who this free seminar is for: No matter which encoding tool you use, or which compression technology, you have two decisions to make; bitrate control method and key frame interval, both of which can dramatically impact video quality and the smoothness of delivery. This seminar is for producers who want help understanding how and when to use bitrate control techniques like constant (CBR) and variable bitrate encoding (VBR), and how to choose the optimal key frame interval for their encoded videos.

What it covers:

  • The seminar starts by detailing how CBR and VBR work and when to use each technique.

  • Then it explains the various configuration controls for these techniques in popular encoding programs and how to optimize their settings for your encoded video.

  • It next defines what key frames are, how they work, and how to choose a keyframe interval for single file and adaptive streaming.

  • It touches upon the difference between key frames and IDR frames, and how to choose an IDR interval.

  • The seminar concludes with a look at how keyframe and IDR settings are presented in popular encoding tools.

What you will learn: You will learn how and when to use VBR and CBR and how to set the IDR and key frame intervals.

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Distributing to Desktops and Mobile Devices via HMTL5, Wednesday October 9, 2013; 2:00-2:30 PM EST

Who this free seminar is for: HTML5 can provide a simple, inexpensive way to deliver video to desktop and mobile devices, but there are some critical limitations. This webinar is for producers who want to learn how to distribute via HTML5, and when other technologies like Flash and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) are better options.

What it covers:

  • What HTML5 is, how it works and how it can help you deliver video to desktop and mobile devices.

  • The current market share of HTML5 browsers and how they are split between the H.264 and WebM codecs.

  • What Flash fallback is and how it enables your video play on older computers.

  • What HTML5 can’t do and when you need to use alternative technologies like Flash, HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS).

What you will learn: How you can use HTML5 with Flash fallback to inexpensively deliver to desktop and mobile players, and when you should seek other options.

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Implementing Advanced and Adaptive Streaming, Tuesday October 22, 2013; 2:00-2:30 PM EST

Who this free seminar is for: If you need live or adaptive streaming, closed captions, digital rights management and other advanced features, HTML5 can’t work for you; you’ll need to choose and implement one or more advanced technologies. This webinar is for producers who need to select and implement advanced technologies like HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), Flash HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) or Dynamic Adaptive Streaming via HTML (DASH).

What it covers:

  • What adaptive streaming is and how it works.

  • Other advanced features delivered by technologies like HLS, HDS and DASH.

  • Implementation options for utilizing these technologies via apps, plug-ins or native support within a browser or ubiquitous plug-in like Flash.

  • What DASH is and how and where it’s being used.

  • What transmuxing is and how it can simplify delivering to multiple platforms.  

What you will learn: How to choose and implement one or more technology options for delivering live and adaptive streaming video to desktop and mobile platforms.