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Beginners Guide to Encoding H.264

The H.264 codec is still the most widely used video compression technology — aka codec in the world and likely will be for the next few years. For this reason, every streaming media professional should know what the H.264 codec is and how to encode with H.264. This beginner’s guide …

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Testing Video Quality With Apple AVQT

In the first article in this series, Baby Steps with Apple’s Advanced Video Quality Tool and Quality Metric, I detailed what Apple’s Advanced Video Quality Tool (AVQT) is and how to use it. In this article, I tested multiple video files with Apple AVQT and describe my user experience. In …

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How to Choose Your Bitrate Control Technique

Every time you encode a video file with a distribution-oriented codec like H.264, HEVC, VP9, or AV1, you choose a bitrate control technique that controls bitrate, overall quality, transient quality, and encoding cost. Examples of common rate control modes include CBR, VBR, CRF, and Capped CRF. This article discusses how …

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AV1 Codec: AOMedia Video 1 Explained

This article on the Wowza website provides a quick overview of the AV1 codec: what it is, how it performs, what it costs, and what it’s good for today. It’s useful if you want to get a quick feel for where AV1 fits in with other codecs. The article is …

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New Macintosh Lessons Added to Streaming Media 101

Just a quick post to advise potential students that we’ve supplemented the course Streaming Media 101 : Technical Onboarding for Streaming Media Professionals with five new Mac-based lessons, which are: Installing and using MediaInfo for the Mac Installing and using MP4 Bitrate Viewer Installing and using Apple’s Advanced Video Quality …

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