Jan Ozer

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I help companies train new technical hires in streaming media-related positions; I also help companies optimize their codec selections and encoding stacks and evaluate new encoders and codecs. I am a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine, writing about codecs and encoding tools. I have written multiple authoritative books on video encoding, including Video Encoding by the Numbers: Eliminate the Guesswork from your Streaming Video ( and Learn to Produce Video with FFmpeg: In Thirty Minutes or Less ( I have multiple courses relating to streaming media production, all available at I currently work as as a Senior Director in Marketing.

Solveig Offers Free Tier for Zond 265 File Analysis Tool

Zond 265 is a very useful file analysis tool.

Zond 265 is a very useful file analysis tool, but like all such tools, it’s a bit pricey. Now, there’s a free version that might meet your needs. I’ve been a longtime user of Zond 265, the powerful tool from Solveig Multimedia for in-depth analysis of HEVC, H.264, AV1, AVC, and MPEG-2 video bitstreams. While Zond 265 has been invaluable …

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What is MV-HEVC

Multiview High Efficiency Video Coding (MV-HEVC) is an advanced video compression standard that extends the capabilities of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), also known as H.265. MV-HEVC is designed to efficiently encode multiple views or perspectives of a scene within a single video stream, making it particularly useful for 3D video content. This technology allows for stereoscopic effects, giving the …

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Deep Thoughts on AI Codecs and Encoders

This post focuses on AI in preprocessing and encoding products. I’ll examine two aspects: how to consider AI in encoding performance and how to consider AI in the user interface and operation. I’ll conclude by discussing where I see AI going in codec development over the next few years. For perspective, I recently spoke with more than twenty companies for …

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Beyond the Hype: A Critical Look at AI in Video Streaming

I recently presented at Dan Rayburn’s Streaming Summit at NAB 2024. The topic was Beyond the Hype: A Critical Look at AI in Video Streaming. Here’s the description: Artificial intelligence has become a buzzword in all technologies, including streaming video, with the promise of revolutionizing how we create, compress, and watch videos. However, it’s crucial to separate the hype from reality. In this session, Jan Ozer from …

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New Lesson: AI in Video Encoding, Production, and Customer Experiences

I just posted a new lesson to the Streaming Media 101 course on AI in encoding, production, and customer experiences. The lesson is free to all current students; here’s the description. Lesson Description In this lesson, you will learn about the dynamic role of artificial intelligence in transforming media encoding, production processes, and customer experiences. The lesson offers an overview …

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Codec Update for Streaming Media 101 Course

I’ve just posted a major codec update to my course, Streaming Media 101: Technical Onboarding for Streaming Media Professionals. The update incorporates the latest on H.264, HEVC, VP9, AV1, LCEVC, and VVC, with EVC excluded since it’s made such little progress on productization and royalty status to date (though the MPAI is doing some interesting things). The update totals about …

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Enhancing Video Quality with Super-Resolution

Super-resolution techniques scale low-resolution videos to higher resolutions at high quality, and any video publisher with older, low-resolution footage should be aware of them. This article provides an overview of what super-resolution is, how it works, where to get it, and its limitations.  Introduction to Super-Resolution As stated, super-resolution describes techniques used to scale lower resolutions to higher resolutions at …

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Norsk Studio: A No-Code Interface for Media Workflows

In a recent interview, I spoke with Rob Ashton, a software developer from id3as, about their product Norsk Studio – a no-code interface built using the Norsk SDK. Here’s a summary of our conversation and a link to the video interview, and several excerpts. Video 1. Here’s the complete interview.  Norsk Overview Rob began by explaining that Norsk Studio serves …

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Simplifying Streaming Workflows with Norsk: An Interview with Dom Robinson

I recently spoke with Dom Robinson, co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer of id3as, to discuss id3as’ flagship product, Norsk, and its suitability for OTT and streaming publishers. Here’s a video of the conversation and a summary of the contents. Video 1: The complete interview. Existing Technologies and Pain Points Dom started by identifying the categories included in the streaming …

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The Business Case for Norsk: Interview with id3as CMO Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen

Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, id3as CMO

I recently spoke with Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, the Chief Marketing Officer at id3as, about their flagship product, Norsk. In our discussion, Eric detailed Norsk’s functionalities, how it operates, and its distinct advantages for media publishers and broadcasters at scale. Below is the video of our conversation, accompanied by a summary of the key points we touched on.  Video 1: The …

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