Encoding for HTTP Live Streaming

If you’re just getting into producing files for HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) delivery, you may find my article on encoding for HLS useful. Here’s the introduction: HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) is a simple and elegant architecture created by Apple for delivering adaptive bit rate streams to iOS devices and compatible browsers, essentially Safari. Since its…

Ozer Announces New Video Compression Course on Udemy

I’m pleased to announce my new video compression course on Udemy entitled Video Compression for Web, Disc and PC/TV/Console Playback. The course will help those new to compression get up to speed quickly, and will serve as a valuable resource for novice to intermediate users seeking to optimize their encoding quality and workflows. You can…

Osprey Lives On, ViewCast Disappears

Author’s note:  The article has been updated with information about Valdor acquiring the Niagara and GoStream product lines. It’s no secret that ViewCast, one of the longest tenured veterans in the streaming media marketplace, has been under a lot of financial pressure lately, though their products have always been solid, at least for me. Last…

In Defense of MPEG LA

MPEG LA is the licensing authority that manages the patent portfolios for MPEG-2 and H.264 patent groups. The organization has received some bad press lately from Steve Forbes, writing in Fox News, and Howard Williams, writing for TelecomTV. The common complaint seems to be that MPEG LA is charging royalties for old and expired patents, which,…

How to Create Video Emails

An article I wrote for OnlineVideo.net on how to create video emails just posted. Here’s the intro, which describes what’s in the article.  As more companies add video to their marketing and communications efforts, it’s natural to want to include videos in emails, or at least the appearance of videos in emails. To do so,…

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,…