Ozer is a leading expert on H.264, H.265, and VP9 encoding for live and on-demand production. In his consulting practice, Ozer helps streaming publishers produce highly optimized and deliverable streams and to choose encoders, transcoders, and workflows that optimize cost, efficiency and flexibility. Ozer is the owner of the Streaming Learning Center and is a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine.

Preliminary VMAF and PSNR Scores for New Xilinx Transcoding Appliances

Live streaming at scale is the perfect application for hardware transcoders that deliver highly-affordable encoding density. Xilinx just announced a series of transcoding appliances targeting these live streaming use cases built around the new Xilinx Real-Time (RT) Server reference architecture. I’ve been benchmarking output quality with two card-based encoders deployed in these appliances, the Alveo…

Join Me at a Webinar Discussing MediaMelon SmartPlay

MediaMelon SmartPlay is a streaming optimization solution that reduces bandwidth costs by 35% or more and improves QoE while working with your existing ABR content without re-encoding. SmartPlay works with any existing encoder, including those with content-adaptive encoding (also called per-title), and most existing players and CDNs. Briefly, SmartPlay works by analyzing the quality of…

How to Install Python 3.8 and Bento 4.

When I first started using Bento4 it ran only on Python 2.7x and earlier. For this reason, the installation instructions in my book Learn to Produce Videos with FFmpeg in 30 Minutes or Less describe how to install Python version 2.7. At some point, however, Bento upgraded to Python 3.x, obsoleting those instructions. I’ve upgraded…

SmartTVs with AV1 Support Now Shipping

Would you design a SmartTV that couldn’t play UHD videos from YouTube? Me neither and designers from LG and Samsung apparently agree. I was researching codec support among smart TVs for upcoming training sessions at Streaming Media East and noticed that the 2020 version of the Samsung SmartTV supports AV1 decode. A quick search found an…