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.

What is a Codec?

Codecs are the oxygen of the streaming media market; no codecs, no streaming media. From shooting video to editing to encoding our streaming media files for delivery, codecs are involved every step of the way. Many video producers also touch the DVD-

Jan Ozer to Host Encoding Webinar on Tuesday, March 29th

Jan Ozer will host a 30-minute webinar on Tuesday, March 29th, at 2:00 PM EST entitled Encoding Best Practices for the Enterprise. In this session, you’ll learn:– How your streaming files compare to prominent Media, B2C and B2B sites. This segment will present the results of a survey of the codec and streaming configurations deployed by top…

Annual Choosing a Streaming Encoding Tool Story up on SMC

Every year I review streaming encoding programs for StreamingMedia.com. This year’s issue is up, here’s the lead. The ideal streaming encoding tool should provide great quality, blazing performance, a discrete set of critical encoding parameters, and a range of other time-saving automation and input/output options. We all know the names—Adobe Media Encoder, Compressor, Squeeze, Episode…

Review: ViewCast Niagara 2120 Live Encoder

ViewCast’s Niagara 2120 is a multiple stream, live H.264 encoding appliance that produced very good quality compared to software-based solutions like Telestream’s Wirecast. The sub-5 pound unit is very portable, and can be configured in the home office for one-touch use in the field, and you can log-on remotely to resolve any issues experienced by…

Less than 1% of Websites Fully HTML5 Compatible

Pretty catchy headline, eh? Well, I wrote it because I’m tired of seeing headlines like this one in CNET – “Mefeedia: HTML5-compatible video is on the rise.” Kind of makes you think that websites are adapting HTML5 en mass, doesn’t it? Well, the reality is, they’re not. The second paragraph of the CNET article states:…

Innovations in Live Event Streaming

If you produce live events, there are two relatively recent innovations you should know about. The first relates to supporting multiple playback formats, like Flash, Apple iOS devices, Silverlight and others. In the past, to support multiple output formats, you needed to encode multiple streams, each in the required format. Now that most live events…