Adobe Drops Flash for HTML5

OK, I’ll be honest, the headline is strictly for grabbing eyeballs. Still, on several videos that I checked, Adobe is using HTML5 for delivery, rather than Flash, going as far as to encode in VP8 for Firefox playback (rather than falling back to Flash and using H.264). Here’s the short backstory. I received an email…

Another 5-Star Review for Video Compression Book

I just got another 5-star review for compression book Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery, this one from Joshua Horowitz who commented, “I wish they offered a class based on this book in undergrad.” Well, here’s the whole review.   Blushing, thanks Joshua. Actually, not to boast, but this is the tenth 5-star review, out…

Harmonic Cloud Encoding Demo

Harmonic went from no cloud encoding offerings to three cloud encoding offerings in a matter of months. In this video, Bryant Maness, product manager for file transcoding, demonstrates all three. The first allows you to add cloud nodes to your WFS system. If you’re running short of a capacity for a batch job, it’s a…

Amazon Transcoder; My Review (Meh!)

On one level, Amazon’s Elastic Transcoder is a finely-tuned service well crafted for the largest sweet spot of the cloud encoding market, Plain Jane H.264 transcoding. On another level, its a service that aimed low from an interface and usability standpoint, and clearly hit its mark. I’m used to the public side of the Amazon…

MediaPlatform PrimeTime Review: A Sleek Enterprise YouTube

I’m getting pretty excited about enterprise YouTube products in general; particularly after writing about the value eBay saw in their enterprise system (see eBay Embraces Enterprise YouTube). I also liked, but wasn’t overwhelmed by, the Silverlight-based Vidizmo EnterpriseTube. I recently reviewed PrimeTime, an enterprise YouTube platform from MediaPlatform, and found it all that and a…

Encoding in the Cloud or On Premise

I was once a skeptic on cloud encoding, but over the last 12 months have become a believer. In my Streaming Media article, The Cloud Vs. On-Premises Encoding Dilemma, I discuss why, discussing three classes of companies. The first should go directly to the cloud. The second should go hybrid, encoding normal demand on-premise and…