DASH vs. HLS: Request for Comments

Lots of excellent articles on DASH recently; I’m trying to summarize them for a presentation on Multiple Screen Delivery at Streaming Media East. The table below is my attempt to do so, and to compare how easily one can implement DASH as compared to HLS.  I’m looking at the three platforms (desktop, mobile and OTT),…

10 Tips for Creating Successful Branded Videos

My article, 10 Tips for Creating Successful Branded Videos, just appeared on Onlinevideo.net. It’s a fun and hot topic these days; launch a business, produce a video that goes viral and laugh your way to the bank. Well, it can happen, because it has, but being realistic is always a good start. That’s tip 1.…

Review: Panopto Lecture Capture and Webcasting System

My review of the Panopto Lecture Capture and Webcasting System just published on the Streaming Media website. Here’s a short summary of what I thought.  Overall, Panopto was very well-conceived, and in general, is very easy to use for both presenter and viewer. One key differentiating feature, however, is the ability to input video from…

Stream With Care: Simple Production Tips for Quality Results

My latest column for Streaming Media magazine is a must read for anyone who produces (rather than simply encoding) streaming video. Here’s the intro. Most seasoned compressionists know that you can’t have high-quality streaming media without quality audio and video. In honor of our production issue, I thought I would list the production techniques that…

Find Viewers Before You Make a Video

Just got off the phone with Ken Gumbs of Fresh Giants, a video production company in Chicago, who I interviewed for an article I’m writing about branded video for OnlineVideo.net. I was struck by the pure wisdom of many of Ken’s comments, in part, I’m sure, because I don’t know much about branded video (but I’m…

TalkPoint Convey Debuts Screencam Help Videos

Two or three years ago, the average cost of a video webcast was around $1,200 – $2,000. Now that services like GoToWebinar start as low as $99/month, established companies are having to adjust both their products and their pricing. I’ve been working with TalkPoint’s new Convey self-service webinar system for my last two webinars, and…