Fear and Loathing at StreamingMedia West

Here at StreamingMedia West in Los Angeles this year (November, 2010) – same crowd, different location. I taught one seminar on H.264 Production for Streaming and Progressive Download, you can download the PDF here. You can find a few items of interest there; two tables showing H.264 playback statistics on Mac and Windows computers, and lots of details about streaming files produced by a range of streaming producers, in two general categories, media and business.

I also taught an hour long seminar on WebM vs. H.264, which opens with two Haikus. Hey, it was near Hollywood. In the PDF available here, you can find screens comparing the latest version of WebM with H.264, plus links to sites where you can play the actual files themselves. The conclusion? My last haiku was – “In the great codec race; a technology cannot achieve great commercial success; without playing on Apple iDevices.” (I went with 17 words, not syllables).

It wasn’t all work, work, work, however – here I am with the StreamingMedia crowd – that’s me on the extreme left. Next to me is Tim Siglin, then publisher Joel Unickow, Mr. Think Jose himself (Jose Castillo) and the glue who holds us all together, editor Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen. Joel unfortunately blinked at the wrong moment, but waitress Mary only took one shot, so here it is.

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About Jan Ozer

I help companies train new technical hires in streaming media-related positions; I also help companies optimize their codec selections and encoding stacks, and evaluate new encoders and codecs.

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