Producing Video for the iPad

In case you missed it (har, har), Apple shipped the iPad in early April. I think one of the best uses of the new device will be for video playback and photo display. In this column, I’ll discuss how to encode video for the iPad. What’s that you ask? Do I have one? Well, sure,…

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New Survey Report about the Apple iPad and HTML5

There’s been lots of hype about the iPad and HTML5 recently, but precious little hard information. A new survey-based report from StreamingMedia.com, entitled Supporting the iPad and HTML5 – Timing, Motivation, Costs and Scope, provides concrete data by detailing the plans of the 1,147 survey respondents regarding support for these platforms. The report also provides…

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Video Production for Streaming

Here’s the PDF from a course on Streaming Production that I taught at StreamingMedia East. Here’s the agenda. I’ve included lots of useful stats, like H.264 encoding parameters used by some high profile web sites (shown below), and averages for high profile media and corporate sites (download PDF to view).

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My First Live Webcast

I produced my first live webcast on May 8, 2010. Like everything else, there were some huge lessons that didn’t become obvious until I was there in the chair, broadcasting live. If you’ve got your first live webcast coming up, perhaps you’ll find them useful By way of background, this was an event sponsored by…

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First Look: H.264 and VP8 Compared

VP8 is now free, but if the quality is substandard, who cares? Well, it turns out that the quality isn’t substandard, so that’s not an issue, but neither is it twice the quality of H.264 at half the bandwidth. See for yourself, below. To set the table, Sorenson Media was kind enough to encode these…

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Google Open Sources VP8 Codec

As expected, Google open sourced the VP8 codec today at their IO conference in San Francisco. You can read my overview article for StreamingMedia.com here, or check out www.webmproject.org, a site that details the announcement. Briefly, as you may recall, Google acquired the VP8 codec when they purchased codec developer On2, in a deal that…

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