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.

H.264 Encoding Tools: Five Popular Encoders Compared

Here’s a video tutorial comparing the performance, quality and H.264 controls afforded by Adobe Media Encoder Apple Compressor, Microsoft Expression Encoder, Sorenson Squeeze and Telestream Episode Pro. In seven minutes, you’ll know which tool is fastest, which produces the highest quality and which gives you the most control over H.264 encoding.

What is Streaming?

This is the first installment in a series of “What Is…?” articles, designed to offer definitions, history, and context around significant terms and issues in the online video industry. Executive Summary Streaming media usage has grown exponentially over the past few years, both for entertainment purposes and as a vehicle for organizations to market, sell,…

Adobe ships Flash Player 10.2 – Way more efficient than WebM

Adobe shipped Flash Player 10.2 earlier this month, and I ran some tests for StreamingMedia.com. Depending upon the browser and platform, it delivers some pretty substantial performance gains, and makes Flash even faster than WebM.  Here’s an example for video playing on a MacBook Pro.                      Firefox Beta 4.0b11 Flash Player 10.1 Flash Player 10.2…

Choosing a UGC Site to host your videos

I use UGC site Vimeo to host the videos on StreamingLearningCenter.com, because it’s inexpensive and does a great job with my screencam-based tutorials and my videos play on computers and Apple devices. Using a UGC site to host the videos on your site is a great option for lots of small websites, but which UGC…

Live Streaming from a Notebook

If you’re interested in portable event streaming from a notebook, check out this article that just posted on StreamingMedia.com. Here’s the enticing intro. “Live event streaming on a notebook can be the best of all worlds, with several programs available for free or relatively inexpensively, and generally easy to use. But how powerful of a…

Creating Online Presentations with Adobe Encore

This is a tutorial that I produced for OnlineVideo.net that shows how to create a Flash online presentation in Adobe Encore, the DVD authoring component of the Adobe Creative Suite. If you’re already producing DVDs with Encore, you can create an identical presentation for the web in just a couple of clicks. If you’re looking…

Encoding for Upload to UGC Sites

This is a very basic video tutorial for newbies that details how to encode for upload to UGC sites like YouTube or Vimeo. It’s published on OnlineVideo.net, and I’ve embedded their player below. Again, it’s very basic, but if you’ve been looking for help getting started in streaming video, you might find it useful. It’s…