Manual vs Automatic Camera Operation

Whenever I shoot a live performance, I have an internal debate about which functions to perform manually and which to let the camera perform. Obviously, the panning and zooming is my job; the question is whether I also take on focus and/or exposure. I shot my fifth Nutcracker season just before Christmas, which adds up…

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How to Encode To WebM

This is an excerpt from an article I wrote for StreamingMedia. Even if you don’t believe all the hype about HTML5, sooner or later, you’ll need to start encoding some video to WebM format. Maybe for internal experimentation, for a pay-per-view or subscription project (where H.264 may incur royalties), because you’ve decided to jump into…

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Google Removes H.264 Codec From Chrome

This is an excerpt from my commentary, “Welcome to the Two-Codec World,” which you can read at StreamingMedia.com. Back when Google closed on the On2 acquisition, I wrote a blog post entitled Google Closes On2 Acquisition – Better check your Wallet. The wallet reference related to the fact that Google donating VP8 to the open…

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SLC Completes Successful Year of Streaming Consulting

US Government Contracts and Streaming Media Conferences Dominate the Lineup During 2010, the Streaming Learning Center produced ten separate training experiences in the US and abroad, showcasing the organization’s ability to produce custom training focused on streaming production, Final Cut Pro workflows and streaming encoding. The efforts included ten days of primarily on site training…

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SLC Completes Successful Year of Streaming Consulting

US Government Contracts and Streaming Media Conferences Dominate the Lineup During 2010, the Streaming Learning Center produced ten separate training experiences in the US and abroad, showcasing the organization’s ability to produce custom training focused on streaming production, Final Cut Pro workflows and streaming encoding. The efforts included ten days of primarily on site training…

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