Streaming Learning Center to Host Streaming Summer Bootcamp Series

Jan Ozer here. I’m hosting a series of free webinars this summer covering streaming fundamentals, encoding with H.264, HEVC, AV1, VVC, LCEVC, and encoding and transcoding for live streaming. The classes should benefit newbies and experienced compressionists alike.

By way of background, I’m updating my book, Video Encoding by the Numbers. When I wrote the first edition, I backed all decisions with quality metrics like PSNR or VQM, which are “the numbers” referred to in the title. In the upcoming update, I will re-test H.264, HEVC, VP9, AV1, LCEVC, and VVC and compute quality with VMAF.

While the testing required for each updated chapter will generate multiple pages of spreadsheets and analysis, only a few tables from that data will be included in the book. During the webinars, I’ll share and explain all that data, make it available for download, and provide other information relevant to the analysis.

Who Will Benefit?

  • Novices: Will learn how to encode using various codecs and gain a solid foundation in video compression and practical encoding techniques.
  • Experienced Compressionists: Will receive detailed data that will only be summarized in the book. This will allow you to confirm or reassess your current or planned encoding strings and ensure you use the most efficient and effective methods.

I’m calling the series the Streaming Summer Bootcamp. All sessions will be free and available on LinkedIn.

Here’s the schedule:

Session 1: Introduction to Encoding and Video Quality Metrics (Done and Available for On-Demand Viewing below)
Thursday, June 20, 2024, 11:00 AM EST

This session will teach newbies what they need to know to understand later sessions. This includes:

  • Compression and codecs
  • Encoding and packaging
  • Basic file parameters (Resolution/bitrate/color depth/GOP/Frame types)
  • What video quality metrics are, and how we use them

Click here to watch the video: watch

Click here to download the handout: Streaming Summer Bootcamp Session 1: Introduction to Video Compression and Video Quality Metrics (172 downloads )

Session 2: Encoding with H.264 (now open for registration)
Thursday, July 11, 2024, 11:00 AM EST

  • What H.264 is and its origins
  • What x264 is and why it’s important
    • How x264 compares to other H.264 codecs
  • Choosing a preset for x264
    • VOD
    • Live
  • Preset adjustments to consider
    • B-frames
    • Reference frames
  • Encoding on AWS
    • Best CPU (AMD, Graviton, Intel
    • Best encoding strategy for VOD

Session 3: Encoding with HEVC
Thursday, July 15, 2024, 11:00 AM EST

  • What HEVC is and its origins
  • The royalty picture
  • The playback compatibility picture
  • What x265 is and why it’s important
    • How x265 compares to other HEVC codecs
  • Choosing a preset for x265
    • VOD
    • Live
  • HEVC profiles and levels
  • About HDR
  • Additional details to be be provided later

Session 4: Encoding with AV1
Thursday, August 15, 2024, 11:00 AM EST

  • What AV1 is and its origins
  • The royalty picture
  • The playback compatibility picture
  • What SVT-AV1 and why it’s important
  • SVT-AV1 vs LibAOM
  • How SVT-AV1 compares to other AV1 codecs
  • Choosing a preset for x265
    • VOD
    • Live
  • AV1 and HDR
  • Additional details to be be provided later

Session 5: Encoding with VVC
Thursday, August 29, 2024, 11:00 AM EST

  • What VVC is and its origins
  • The royalty picture
  • The playback compatibility picture
  • What VVenC is and why it’s important
  • How VVenC compares to other VVC codecs
  • Additional details to be be provided later

Session 6: Encoding with LCEVC
Thursday, September 5, 2024, 11:00 AM EST

  • What LCEVC is and its origins
  • How LCEVC works
  • The royalty picture
  • The playback compatibility picture
  • Encoding LCEVC with V-Nova tools
  • Encoding LCEVC with FFmpeg
  • Additional details to be be provided later

Session 7: All about Live
Thursday, September 26, 2024, 11:00 AM EST

  • Live encoding overview
  • Live encoding for origination
    • hardware and software options
  • Live transcoding for distribution
    • Hardware and software options (CPU/GPU/FPGA/ASIC)
    • Choosing the optimal preset
  • Working with low-latency

Again, all dates are subject to change.

About Jan Ozer

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I help companies train new technical hires in streaming media-related positions; I also help companies optimize their codec selections and encoding stacks and evaluate new encoders and codecs. I am a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine, writing about codecs and encoding tools. I have written multiple authoritative books on video encoding, including Video Encoding by the Numbers: Eliminate the Guesswork from your Streaming Video (https://amzn.to/3kV6R1j) and Learn to Produce Video with FFmpeg: In Thirty Minutes or Less (https://amzn.to/3ZJih7e). I have multiple courses relating to streaming media production, all available at https://bit.ly/slc_courses. I currently work as www.netint.com as a Senior Director in Marketing.

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