Annual Choosing a Streaming Encoding Tool Story up on SMC

Every year I review streaming encoding programs for StreamingMedia.com. This year’s issue is up, here’s the lead. The ideal streaming encoding tool should provide great quality, blazing performance, a discrete set of critical encoding parameters, and a range of other time-saving automation and input/output options. We all know the names—Adobe Media Encoder, Compressor, Squeeze, Episode…

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Review: ViewCast Niagara 2120 Live Encoder

ViewCast’s Niagara 2120 is a multiple stream, live H.264 encoding appliance that produced very good quality compared to software-based solutions like Telestream’s Wirecast. The sub-5 pound unit is very portable, and can be configured in the home office for one-touch use in the field, and you can log-on remotely to resolve any issues experienced by…

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Less than 1% of Websites Fully HTML5 Compatible

Pretty catchy headline, eh? Well, I wrote it because I’m tired of seeing headlines like this one in CNET – “Mefeedia: HTML5-compatible video is on the rise.” Kind of makes you think that websites are adapting HTML5 en mass, doesn’t it? Well, the reality is, they’re not. The second paragraph of the CNET article states:…

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Innovations in Live Event Streaming

If you produce live events, there are two relatively recent innovations you should know about. The first relates to supporting multiple playback formats, like Flash, Apple iOS devices, Silverlight and others. In the past, to support multiple output formats, you needed to encode multiple streams, each in the required format. Now that most live events…

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What is Streaming?

This is the first installment in a series of “What Is…?” articles, designed to offer definitions, history, and context around significant terms and issues in the online video industry. Executive Summary Streaming media usage has grown exponentially over the past few years, both for entertainment purposes and as a vehicle for organizations to market, sell,…

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Live Streaming from a Notebook

If you’re interested in portable event streaming from a notebook, check out this article that just posted on StreamingMedia.com. Here’s the enticing intro. “Live event streaming on a notebook can be the best of all worlds, with several programs available for free or relatively inexpensively, and generally easy to use. But how powerful of a…

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