Should Your Next Encoder be a Packager?

Just a quick riff on encoding versus packaging. The concept of encoding involves converting a mezzanine file into distributable output like MP4 files, or ABR formats like HLS or DASH. The concept of packaging is taking previously encoded MP4 files and converting those to distributable ABR output format like HLS or DASH.  The heavy lifting,…

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BBC Moves to HTML5 and MPEG-DASH

I am a bit behind the times on this one, but on September 29th, 2015, the BBC launched an HTML5-based player based upon the Media Source Extensions and MPEG-DASH. You can read about their implementation in a blog post, here. The new implementation is very platform-specific, and BBC announced that they were testing on the…

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Current Status of HEVC Royalties

This post will quickly summarize the current status of HEVC royalties. There are two existing patent pools. The first was assembled by MPEG LA and calls for royalties of $0.20/unit on encoders and decoders, after a 100,000 de minimus exception, with a US $25 million annual cap, and no royalty on encoded content. Here’s a screen grab…

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A Thunderbolt Primer

The Thunderbolt port on a MacPro lets it function as a highly capable live streaming system.
Thunderbolt can be a very useful expansion option for streaming and other video production, particularly if you are producing on a Mac workstation or laptop.

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