Encoding for Upload to UGC Sites

This is a very basic video tutorial for newbies that details how to encode for upload to UGC sites like YouTube or Vimeo. It’s published on OnlineVideo.net, and I’ve embedded their player below. Again, it’s very basic, but if you’ve been looking for help getting started in streaming video, you might find it useful. It’s…

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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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