Critical Issues for Enterprise Streaming Producers

I gave a talk at StreamingMedia East in New York City earlier this month to a group of business executives assembled by California-based webcasting solution provider MediaPlatform. I was told that the execs were interested in “future directions of online video,” so I put together a talk entitled “In Your Chair, I’d Be Asking Myself…

H264 Production Seminar

Download the PDF handout for the H.264 Production seminar that I taught at StreamingMedia East. Here’s the agenda.

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Some fun slides on encoding for the iPad, which is surprisingly complex when you figure the available delivery techniques.

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Video Production for Streaming

Here’s the PDF from a course on Streaming Production that I taught at StreamingMedia East. Here’s the agenda.

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I’ve included lots of useful stats, like H.264 encoding parameters used by some high profile web sites (shown below), and averages for high profile media and corporate sites (download PDF to view).

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First Look: H.264 and VP8 Compared

VP8 is now free, but if the quality is substandard, who cares? Well, it turns out that the quality isn’t substandard, so that’s not an issue, but neither is it twice the quality of H.264 at half the bandwidth. See for yourself, below. To set the table, Sorenson Media was kind enough to encode these…

My First Live Webcast

I produced my first live webcast on May 8, 2010. Like everything else, there were some huge lessons that didn’t become obvious until I was there in the chair, broadcasting live. If you’ve got your first live webcast coming up, perhaps you’ll find them useful By way of background, this was an event sponsored by…

Google Open Sources VP8 Codec

As expected, Google open sourced the VP8 codec today at their IO conference in San Francisco. You can read my overview article for StreamingMedia.com here, or check out www.webmproject.org, a site that details the announcement. Briefly, as you may recall, Google acquired the VP8 codec when they purchased codec developer On2, in a deal that…

Audio Production Gone Bad

You can learn how to shoot video in one of two ways. You can apprentice under the direction of an experienced videographer who’s done it all and seen it all, and leverage the lessons he or she has learned over the years. Or, you can book the jobs, buy the gear, do your research, and…

Wi-Fi on US Air Flights –

OK, I have a presentation to finalize for at StreamingMedia East, but my US Air flight bound for LaGuardia offered a free trial of inflight Wi-Fi (via Gogo, a service of Aircell), so how could I resist (particularly with the Players Championship coming to a close, and the Celts playing the Cavs)? I haven’t been…

The Moving Picture: Here Comes HTML5—Should We Care?

MIX10 is the annual Microsoft event for web developers and designers, and the big news from this year’s conference was expanded HTML5 support in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), including support for the audio and video tags. Basically, this means that when IE9 ships (Microsoft didn’t announce a ship date), it will play video without a…