Choosing the Number of Renditions and Encoding Sets

I recently received an email inquiry that asked, “on average for multiple devices, how many different renditions/encoding sets do you recommend?” The answer was complex enough that I figured I would answer it in a blog post.  There are multiple interlocking considerations, as you would suspect. Let’s start with Quality and Compatibility. Quality and Compatibility …

Video Production Resources for Live Event Production

I recently received an email asking about resources for video and webinar production. I sent off a list of video, audio, and lighting related resources, so I thought I would expand upon that in three blog posts. This first is on video-related resources for streaming production.  Choosing Cameras and Lighting for Single-Speaker Webinars (1): I actually…

My New Book: Mastering Webcam and Smartphone Video

Just a quick note about my new book, Mastering Webcam and Smartphone Video: How to Look & Sound Great in Webinars and Videoconferences ($24.95). Here’s the who, what, where, why, and when. Who:  The book is targeted towards non-media professionals who produce webinars or frequently Skype or FaceTime with business associates.  What: The book provides media and…

Adobe Media Encoder Gets HEVC and VP9

(February 4, 2017: While the Fnord plug-in appears to be available, there’s no mention of the HEVC plug-in on the Vanguard site. Note that AME now has HEVC encoding in the latest version, most likely using the MainConcept HEVC codec). In their latest Creative Cloud reveal, which I wrote about here, Adobe didn’t include either…

DRM Resources on Streaming Learning Center

Someone sent me an email this morning asking about DRM-related information. I collected these resources for him, and then thought it might make a useful blog post. So, if you’re interested in Digital Rights Management, here are four resources you can check out on the Streaming Learning Center and beyond. 1. I gave a session…

HEVC Advance: The New Patent Pool

My article on HEVC Advance is up on Streaming Media. Here’s the opening section which tells what’s covered. On March 24, HEVC Advance, an independent licensing administrator announced a new HEVC patent pool, in addition to the one being offered by MPEG LA. In this article, we’ll explore exactly what that means and what the…

Buyer’s Guide to Live Video Encoders 2015

My article, a Buyer’s Guide to Live Video Encoders 2015, just appeared on StreamingMedia.com. Here’s the intro graph that covers what’s covered.  Congratulations, you’re buying a live encoder. In 2014, Ooyala released survey results showing that live videos are watched, on average, 11 times longer than VOD videos. So taking your presentation, webinar, or other…