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.

Applying Compression

Our tasks are arguably a bit
out of sequence here, because when I apply compression I typically do
it before normalization or other amplification. But for discussion
purposes, it’s better placed here. To apply Soundbooth’s
Advanced Co

Beyond HDV: AVCHD High-definition Compression

Although AVCHD first appeared in consumer camcorders, a variation—AVC-Intra—will soon show up in broadcast cameras from Panasonic. Given that the MPEG-4 technology that fuels AVCHD is roughly twice as efficient as the MPEG-2 technology used in HDV, the new Sony-Panasonic standard will likely supplant HDV in the prosumer space. For this reason, it’s a standard…

Death, Taxes and Vista

Writing is a lot like video editing, in that you tend to fool
yourself about how long a column, article, or wedding edit will take to
complete. “I’ll do that in 20 hours,” you confidently claim to
yourself, and then six weeks lat

Prep Your Videos to Share

So, little Suzie had her big recital, and you brought the new camcorder and tripod, enduring “Who does this guy think he is, Spielberg?” stares from other parents (and likely your spouse). Now it’s time for your big reward: You get to show the world the gorgeous new video of your future American Idol winner. You…

From YouTube to Your iPod

You’ve found an irresistible video on YouTube that you just have to show to your friends, so you want to download it to your Apple iPod. You search in vain for theDownload to iPod button that should be there on the YouTube page but isn’t. YouTube doesn’t make it easy; you’re going to have to do it…

Canon XH A1

The Canon XH A1 is as close to perfect as any camcorder in its price range, with great
resolution, very high contrast ratio, and extraordinary
customizability. I did find the auto-focus somewhat lacking, which may
be a concern for some potential b

Camera controls

You set the main controls via the familiar power dial that toggles
you through VCR, automatic, TV (shutter priority), AV (aperture
priority), full manual, spotlight, night, and easy recording modes. It
took me awhile to get used to the operating c

My tests

I performed two rounds of testing with the camcorder, an extensive
series of lab and real-world testing that revealed an auto-focus
problem that prompted me to return the camcorder for diagnostics. (At
press time, Canon had yet to report the resul