Free Streaming Primer available for download

One of the most popular downloads from the Streaming Learning Center was our original streaming media primer. Now we’re releasing a new primer, covering the materials shown in the table of contents below.


The primer is a component of my new Udemy course, Mastering the Adobe Media Encoder. It started out as a document to explain most of the terms in the Adobe Media Encoder interface, and grew from there. As you can see from the Table of Contents, it covers concepts like Constant Quality/CRF encoding, which isn’t available in the Adobe Media Encoder but was worth including for completeness sakes. While definitely for novices, there are some terms and concepts explained that might help even intermediate users, like adaptive streaming. 

The document itself is a SlideDoc, as coined by the inventor of the SlideDoc, Nancy Duarte. According to Duarte, a slidedoc “is a document created using presentation software, where visuals and words unite to illustrate one clear point per page.” You can see that in the following slide.


Because of this presentation style, the 77-page document is easy to skim and should be easy to find what you’re looking for, get the point and move on. That’s the theory, anyway. Why don’t you have a look and tell me what you think. 

Download the new primer here

About Jan Ozer

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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. I am a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine, writing about codecs and encoding tools. I have written multiple authoritative books on video encoding, including Video Encoding by the Numbers: Eliminate the Guesswork from your Streaming Video ( and Learn to Produce Video with FFmpeg: In Thirty Minutes or Less ( I have multiple courses relating to streaming media production, all available at I currently work as as a Senior Director in Marketing.

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