Join Me at Streaming Media West November 1-3

Streaming Media West is coming up on November 1-3 in Huntington Beach, CA, and there are tons of great sessions. I have a bunch of interesting sessions that I wanted to share here. I’ve posted full descriptions below, here are titles and a brief description. Pre-conference Sessions – Wednesday, November 1 I have two pre-conference…

Meet Me at Streaming Tech Sweden on November 22, 2017

Just a quick note to say how excited I am to be the keynote speaker at Streaming Tech Sweden in Stockholm on November 22, 1017. The day-long show, which is sponsored by Swedish consultancy Eyevinn Technology, will help technology managers, architects, developers, and product managers understand how to deploy key streaming technologies. Here’s a discussion with…

Apple Updates HLS Authoring Spec for 4K and HDR

HLS just got really complicated. On September 9, 2017, Apple updated their HLS authoring requirements to include HDR and 4K recommendations. The updated ladder is shown below. Here are some of the new/updated requirements for HEVC and HDR. There are more in the spec, but these are the ones I wanted to comment on. 1.6. Profile, Level,…

Lineup Set for Per-Title Encoding Webinar

Just a quick note about the Per-Title Encoding Webinar that I’m producing next Tuesday, August 29th, at 2:00 PM EST. In the webinar, after introducing the concept of per-title encoding, and discussing Netflix’s and YouTube’s technologies, I will compare three per-title approaches: – Capella Systems’ Source Adaptive Bitrate ladder, as implemented  in their Cambria FTC…

RealNetworks Launches New Video Codec

RealNetworks is one of the most storied names in video streaming-if you’re on the wrong side of 40. If you’re younger, than odds are you never heard of the company. On Wednesday, August 16, RealNetworks announced an agreement to deploy Advanced RealMedia HD (RMHD) Technology in China. What do we know about the codec? Here’s…

Apple’s Bitrate Control Strategy: Do as I Do, Not as I Say

Apple’s HLS Authoring Specifications for Apple Devices approves up to 200% constrained VBR but Apple’s actual encodes are more like 110-120% constrained. What Apple Says As you probably know, Apple recently made sweeping changes to their HLS recommendations, including changing from 110% constrained VBR for VOD in TN2224, to 200% constrained VBR in the HLS…

Showing Three Options for HEVC in HLS in Webinar Today

I’m starting to get excited about the free Defining Your Encoding Ladder webinar today at 2:00 PM EST. In addition to a focus on reducing encoding and distribution costs (cut layers, cut ladders, cut bandwidth), I’ll be exploring three options for including HEVC in HLS presentations, and will be showing preliminary encoding ladders from MainConcept…