VP9 Takes One Step Forward and One Big Step Back

VP9 is the successor to VP8, the video codec that Google open sourced and included in WebM. It’s also the only major competitor to H.265/HEVC. In a series of blog posts last week, Google detailed the final release schedule for VP9 and a few other implementation details. These posts also indicated that YouTube plans to…

Ozer Book tapped for GMU Engineering Course

Ken Santucci, a professor at George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Engineering, teaches Concepts of Multimedia Processing and Transmission, a class so popular, that it has a waiting list each semester. When choosing a textbook for the class, Santucci chose Jan Ozer’s new book, Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery. “The choice was simple,”…

The Adobe Creative Suite is Dead

OK, a bit melodramatic, but today at Adobe Max, the company’s annual creativity conference, Adobe announced that they were killing the suite to sell the Creative Cloud product which is only available via a periodic license. The primary benefit to the user is that updates are incorporated when available, as opposed to the 18 month…

How I spent the First Half of 2013

Streaming Learning Center has been quiet for the last few months. Primarily, that relates to getting two large projects done, and making two presentations. The two projects were two books, Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery, and an upcoming Visual QuickStart Guide on Premiere Pro for the Creative Suite 7 version of that Adobe…

How streaming is more efficient than progressive download

I created this short video to illustrate how streaming is more efficient than delivering via progressive download. For illustrating the efficiencies of streaming, I used a file streamed via RTMP, but you can get the same benefit via chunk-based HTTP based technologies like HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), Smooth Streaming, HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS), or DASH,…