Workshop: Encoding for Flash, Mobile and HTML5

I just finished a seminar entitled Encoding for Flash, Mobile, and HTML5 at Streaming Media Europe. Click over to the main article to download the handout. the technological fundamentals behind encoding for both H.264 and WebM formats. You’ll learn how to encode H.264 for HTML5 distribution and streaming to iOS and other mobile devices, as…

Enough About HTML5 Video Already!

My latest column at Streaming Media Magazine. Here’s the teaser: HTML5 video appeals to “tree-hugging, sandal-wearing standards lovers,” says Jan Ozer, and he’s sick of hearing about it. Here’s the lead: I was speaking recently with a new consulting client from the U.K. It was a typical job: The client was starting a video-centric instructional site…

Encoding for Adaptive Streaming

Adaptive streaming technologies like Adobe’s Dynamic Streaming, Microsoft’s Smooth Streaming, and Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming, use multiple encoded files to deliver the optimal viewing experience to video consumers watching on a range of devices, from mobile phone to workstation, via a range of connections, from FIOS to cellular. Though there are differences in implementation, all…

New Review Calls Ozer Book a Home Run

Or, to be precise, the reviewer, Sundiata Cowels, say that I “hit the ball out of the park” (which won’t fit in a headline). Here’s the opening paragraph: The passing of Hurricane Irene (and the resultant power loss for five days) gave me ample time to catch up on my reading (by candle light no…

Free Webinar – Introduction to Live Event Streaming

Tuesday, October 4, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST I know it’s late, but if you’re free, check out this seminar that I’m producing with the MCA-I. Here’s the description: This seminar will introduce attendees to live event streaming. It will start by discussing the technologies underlying live event streaming, like codecs and formats, and how…

Normalization and Compression in Adobe CS5.5

Streaming viewers will tolerate some video degradation but expect audio to be near perfect. There are two techniques you can use to make sure that your audio loud, clear and robust. Normalization increases volume as much as possible without introducing distortion into the file, while compression makes the signal as robust as possible. In this…

Be Your Own Compression Consultant

So. You’ve decided to add video to your website. Now it’s time to configure the streams.You’re either working with your own streaming server, or using an online video platform (OVP) that lets you configure your streams, so now you’re trying to figure out the best resolution, data rate and H.264 encoding parameters for your file…

RAM Requirements for Adobe CS5.5

This article is the second of a series on configuring your Windows workstation for producing with Adobe CS 5.5. The focus of this particular article is the optimal RAM configuration for both a single CPU and dual CPU system for producing with Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder. Figure 1. The HP Z400, our single…