Potential Patent Claims Mount Against Google’s WebM

In a story for Streaming Media Magazine, I asked patent licensing authority MPEG-LA whether any claims had emerged against the VP8 video codec used Google’s WebM. As you recall, MPEG-LA announced a call for patents “essential” to VP8 in March 2011. Apparently, there have been 12 patents found to be essential to Google’s WebM technology…

Power to the Patent Trolls

In April 2011, the Department of Justice began investigating the MPEG Licensing Association (MPEG LA) to learn whether or not the group is unfairly trying to damage Google’s competitive prospects with the WebM video format. But maybe MPEG LA would be doing us all a favor by damaging WebM. That’s my take, anyway. Here’s the…

Secure streaming, digital watermarking and Content ID

It’s frustrating when you get an email from a reader that you don’t know the answer to. Here’s one from an overseas streamer who is releasing very topical videos on their site, and despite using RTMPE+ token authorization, suffered massive piracy. Here are the questions, which I only partially responded to. I am looking for…

MediaPlatform WebCaster Rich Media Conferencing Systems

I reviewed MediaPlatform’s WebCaster product for Streaming Media Magazine and loved it. Here’s the intro; check out the full review here. Webcasts are a great tool for acquiring and retaining customers. They’re also great for training and communicating to both employees and partners. If you’re considering presenting webcasts for any of these reasons, MediaPlatform, Inc.’s…

Converting DVD-based content for Adaptive Streaming

Just finished a four-part series on converting DVD-based content for H.264-based adaptive streaming, and you can read all four parts on OnlineVideo.net. Technical issues that I covered included: The best technique for ripping the video from the DVDs The best editor for assembling the various VOB files for streaming encoding Pre-encoding filtering and deinterlacing Choosing…

Creating Queue Points in HTML5 and Ogg Theora

There’s been lots of sizzle around HTML5, but to my mind, very little steak. Last week I chatted with a developer from the Annenberg Space for Photography, who has created a pretty beefy site that works in Flash and may soon work in HTML5. I guess I’m a sucker for video presentations that foster interactivity,…

Free H.264 Encoders Plus Apple Compressor 4

I compare four H.264 encoders in this article on OnlineVideo.net. Here’s the gripping introduction: OK, so you’re cheap and in a hurry and you just want the answer to a single question, “What’s the best free H.264 encoder?” Well, you’re in the right place, in this short review; I compare HandBreak, Miro Video Converter, MPEG…

48 kHz Audio Can Cause Loss of Synch with Flash Playback

Most camcorders capture audio at 48 kHz, so there’s a natural tendency to produce your streaming files at that sample rate. There’s just one problem; it can cause loss of audio/video synch during playback on the Flash Player. Andy Stevenson of the University of Manchester reported this in an interesting thread on the Linked In…