Upcoming Sessions at Streaming Media West

Here are all the sessions that I’ll be producing or participating in at Streaming Media West in two weeks. I hope to see you there.

Monday, November 16, 2015

W1: Encoding 2015: Codecs and Packaging for PCs, Mobile and OTT/STB/Smart TVs

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

As video resolutions increase and target playback platforms multiply, video producers must leave their H.264/HLS/HDS comfort zone and expand into HEVC, VP9, and MPEG-DASH. This workshop is divided into multiple segments by target platform to teach you the applicable standards and best strategies for delivering live and VOD adaptive video to viewers on that platform, both with and without DRM. Along the way, you learn options for producing H.264, HEVC, and VP9; the status of standards such as the Media Source Extensions (MSE) and Encrypted Media Extensions (EME); and how and when to utilize them. Attendees walk away knowing the technical requirements for delivering to all key platforms the best practices for making it happen.

W3: Making The Switch From Flash To HTML5

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Transitioning from Flash to HTML5 is a complicated matter involving a change in player and encoding format and, for some, even new DRM, captioning, and advertising insertion technologies. Learn the current status of the Media Source Extensions and Encrypted Media Extensions. Get advice on your options and strategies for existing encoded content libraries and how to plan and implement the transition. A representative from Elemental Technologies describes the MPEG-DASH standard, details how to encode for MPEGDASH, and discusses alternatives for adopting or converting existing content libraries. A representative from JW Player also covers development options for creating a MSE/EME compatible player, including open source and OTS options like JW Player, and presents case studies for successful Flash to MSE/EME transitions.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A101 – Fine Tuning Your Adaptive Groups with Objective Quality Metrics

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Choosing the number of streams in an adaptive group and configuring them is usually a subjective, touchy-feely exercise, with no way to really gauge the effectiveness and efficiency of the streams. However, by measuring stream quality via metrics like PSNR, SSIM, and VQM, you can precisely assess the quality delivered by each stream and it’s relevancy to the adaptive group. This session identifies several key objective quality metrics, teaches how to apply them, and provides an objective framework for analyzing which streams are absolutely required in your adaptive group and their optimal configuration.

D102 – HOW TO: Encoding Live and On-Demand Video Using HEVC

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

This session explores the current status of HEVC, identifying options for encoding live and on-demand video using HEVC and discussing player options in the streaming and OTT markets. Topics include the comparative quality and usability of HEVC encoders—including encoders from x265 and MainConcept—and techniques for maximizing output quality using both codecs.

LS103 – Live Encoding and Transcoding Techniques

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m

Live event transcoding used to be simple: you did it all in-house and you needed capacious outbound bandwidth, all of which cost a fortune. Now there are more live encoding schemas than you can shake a stick at, including live cloud transcoding and packaging from traditional encoding vendors as well as OVPs, CDNs, and other service providers. In this session, Jan Ozer will survey the available encoding/transcoding options and service providers, and present a structured comparison that includes critical factors such as cost, stream redundancy, packaging flexibility, bandwidth requirements, DRM and captioning support, scalability, and player and distribution network integration.

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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.

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