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.

Choosing a Capture Card for FMLE

I received this email the other day from the Division Manager of Web Based Services for a large southern city. He said: While doing research, I found your “Choosing a Live Streaming Encoder” presentation on YouTube. I found it very informative and took many good notes. We will most likely end up going with a…

Review: Livestream Studio HD51

My review of the new Livestream Studio HD51, is up on the Streaming Media Producer website. If you’re looking for a turnkey switcher encoder with HDMI and SDI input, it’s a great option. Here’s the intro to tell you what’s covered.  Livestream Studio HD51 is the latest in a line of production switchers from Livestream.…

Tutorial: Encoding for Streaming from a Website

This is one of 42 lessons from my course Video Compression for Web, Disc and PC/TV/Console Playback, on Udemy (bit.ly/Ozer_u). It’s one of the most important lessons, covering bits/pixel, which is a critical concept in streaming. As an informational lesson, this is mostly PowerPoint with audio. Most other lessons include screencam demos of the software…

YouTube Deploying DASH-Variant to Reduce Mobile Latency

Read an interesting article in CoreAnalysis, a Canadian blog run by Patrick Lopez, who reports that YouTube has been experimenting with multiple technologies to reduce mobile wait time, and is now deploying a DASH-based technology they call Sliced Bread. Here’s the technology description. YouTube Sliced Bread essentially compares the DASH ABR manifest with the speed…

Positive Reviews of Udemy Video Compression Course

The first reviews of my new video compression course on Udemy are in, and they’re quite positive (of course, otherwise I wouldn’t be blogging about them).  Travis Roesler, owner of howtofightnow.com, a website that offers self defense courses, rated my Udemy course five stars, and commented: Jan REALLY helped me out. I can’t even begin…

Webinar: Encoding for iBooks Author

Note: With the June 2014 release of iBooks Author, the procedures discussed here no longer work. Good luck with your iBooks Author encodes. Adding video to an iBook is simple; just drag the clip into your book in iBooks Author. But if iBooks Author “optimizes” the video you inserted, it’s encoding it again and potentially…