HP Releases New Z1

On January 6, 2014, HP announced a new version of their Z1 all-in-one workstation. I love the first version because it’s beautiful, powerful and field upgradeable; but it lacked high-speed external connectivity, so your capture options for live production were limited. You can see my experience with the unit here and my colleague Tim Siglin’s…

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First Look: Apple Compressor 4.1

Compressor 4.1 is the first major update to Compressor since well before Final Cut Pro X. I reviewed the software for Streaming Media Magazine, and found a great new interface, the same old plumbing and confusing operation; here’s the pithy close: To close, let me say that 95% of Compressor users likely encode at data…

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Baby Steps Into Video SEO

One area of interest for me in 2014 is video search engine optimization (SEO). In this regard, I’ll be perusing a number of resources like webinars and articles to learn the basics. I figure as long as I’m learning, I might as well share this information with visitors to the Streaming Learning Center; after all,…

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In Defense of Blu-ray

My wife owns a ballet company, which explains the frequent use of ballet sequences in my test clips and other content. Over the years, it’s been a great source of learning and training for me, though not really a business. I shoot because I have the best gear in town, which produces a great archive…

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Brightcove Video Cloud Live Review is Up!

My review of the Brightcove Video Cloud Live service is up and running on StreamingMedia.com. Basically, I reviewed the service so I could work with the Zencoder Live Transcoding service, which worked flawlessly; it’s a really nice service. The service Brightcove built around the service was functional, but had some flaws and rough edges which…

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