Doug Dixon is an independent technology consultant, contributing editor to Interent Video Magazine, and contributor to Conde Nast Traveler Magazine who makes his work available on his Manifest Technology website. He’s written multiple technologically-oriented books, so he knows technology and how hard it is to write a book on fast changing technologies. He’s one of several technology writers that I sent my new books to, then breathlessly await his thoughts.
Jan Ozer has done it again with his new book on Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery — providing fundamentals, technical details, and extensive practical guidance on how to prepare video for today’s world, with a profusion of delivery screens and devices, from desktop to mobile, web to set-top.
Jan has significantly expanded the coverage into a complete reference, with new initial chapters on the fundamentals of video streaming and compression, and especially the H.264 format. He then goes on to cover encoding tools, with detailed advice for achieving the best compression and quality with specific encoders and on specific platforms.
This is a wonderful book. Jan’s tone is friendly and helpful, passing on his knowledge and experience and advice. For example, the straightforward section titles move you cleanly through topics with clear explanations (“Tuning Your x264 Encodes”) and addressing your questions (“Should You Abandon Older iPods?”).[Blushing]. Thanks Doug. It means a lot coming from someone who’s been there.