A leading expert on H.264 encoding for live and on-demand production, and as contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine, has tested most cloud, enterprise and desktop encoding tools, worked with most online video platforms (OVPs) and live streaming services, and many webcast platforms.

Satellite, Cellmux and Fiber; Alternatives to Ethernet

Suppose you’re tasked with producing a high-profile live event. Perhaps the location has Ethernet connectivity, but you also want a redundant connection in case the Ethernet goes down. Or perhaps the location doesn’t offer Ethernet. What are your options?  That was the pitch for my article, Video for the Long Haul: Exploring Backhaul Options, which…

Netflix Lukewarm on HEVC (to put it mildly)

“The bottom line is that in the great struggle to find the true signal among the noise, you should ignore the claims of those who create and sell the codec, and prioritize those who actually have to put it to use. But you knew that already, didn’t you?” In a story reported by Streaming Media…

Even YouTube Doesn’t Take HTML5/WebM Seriously

I know, I know, Flash is dead, the war is over. We’ve all moved on to other battles. Still, I had to laugh the other day when I noticed how YouTube was encoding files for some browsers in HTML5 mode.  Here’s the story. I was writing another Video Doctor article for OnlineVideo.net. I remembered a…

In Defense of MPEG LA

Recent bad press received by MPEG LA seems to disprove the old adage that all PR is good PR. A few weeks ago, writing for Fox News, Steve Forbes said:
One example is MPEG LA—a patent pooling entity and owner of the MPEG-2 standard commonly foun

Handouts from Producing a Webcast From Soup to Nuts

Last week at Streaming Media East, I held 2 three-hour sessions (parts 1 & 2) on Producing a Webcast from Soup to Nuts. The descriptions are below, as are the handouts for downloading.  SM2: Producing A Webcast From Soup To Nuts: Part One Part one of this workshop will discuss factors to consider when choosing…

Udemy Course Updated with Adobe Media Encoder Training

Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve added 16 lectures of Adobe Media Encoder training to my existing course on Udemy, Video Compression for Web, Disc and PC/TV/Console Playback. You can see the modules added below.  I’ve also launched a separate course entitled Mastering the Adobe Media Encoder, which contains only these modules.…

Love that Lowel TRIO

Last week, at my session Producing a Webcast from Soup to Nuts at Streaming Media East, Lowel Light Inc. was kind enough to loan me a Lowel TRIO light kit. I was looking for a light kit that I could setup in minutes, with focusable lights that I could use to demonstrate a number of different…