YouTube Preparing to Deploy VP9 on 4K Content

In a TV Technology article, Deborah D. McAdams reported that “YouTube is preparing to use Google’s own VP9 compression for 4K content otherwise known as “UltraHD.” McAdams was recounting Google’s presentation from Day 2 of the Hollywood Post Alliance, an informal gathering of technical glitterati from Hollywood. Interestingly, when Google’s Anil Kokaram showed slides comparing…

Telestream Wirecast 5: The Definitive Review

My review of Wirecast 5 is up on Streaming Media Magazine. To make a long story short, if you’re a Wirecast user, you’re going to want to upgrade.  Here’s the intro, which sets the stage: Telestream has significantly improved usability with a redesigned interface, beneficially expanded the product’s input capabilities, and upgraded the product’s plumbing…

Telestream Includes x.264 in Free Episode 6.4 Update

In an uncharacteristically quiet release, Telestream launched Episode 6.4, a free upgrade that includes x264 encoding for all versions. This is essentially a price reduction of around $89 (B&H was still selling the x264 option when I wrote this post). Here’s a snippet from the Product Sheet: You can click over to the Release Notes,…

Tutorial: Fixing Clipped Audio with iZotope RX3

We’ve all recording clipped, distorted audio from a signal that’s too hot, resulting in time-consuming retakes or total disaster if the audio is from a live event. The Declip feature in iZotope RX3 can reduce that disaster to a quick and easy fix. This tutorial shows you how. Note that Streaming Media Producer has transcribed…

Presentation Lessons from the State of the Union

After several hundred years of simple talking head State of the Union addresses, the Obama team broke mold with “enhanced live-stream” of the speech, which included the president on the left, and frequent infographics, photos and tweets on the right that helped make the president’s key points. Love Obama or hate him, he just set…

Wistia: An OVP that Specializes in Video Marketing

Over the last three or four years, the big OVPs–Brightcove, Kaltura and Ooyala–got bigger, and the smaller ones seemed to go away. While some consolidation and/or attrition is expected in every growing market, in the OVP space it felt like there were the haves, and that’s it. Last year, around this time, I become aware…