Fear and Loathing at StreamingMedia West

Here at StreamingMedia West in Los Angeles this year (November, 2010) – same crowd, different location. I taught one seminar on H.264 Production for Streaming and Progressive Download, you can download the PDF here. You can find a few items of interest there; two tables showing H.264 playback statistics on Mac and Windows computers, and…

Adobe Announces HTML5 Player Widget

Here’s a copy of the release that you can find here. HTML5 has received a tremendous amount of buzz, much of it driven by the potential for plugin-free video. However, the limited browser support for the HTML5 <video> tag has forced web designers to scramble for a solution that would work across platforms as well…

Interesting Newsletter on Video White Papers

I haven’t followed the video white paper market at all, but according to a newsletter from Accela Communications, usage is booming. Here’s a blurb. “The rate of adoption for video white papers is definitely increasing, as evidenced in this collection of articles and research. The growth may be largely driven by the ability to engage viewers more…

Which MPEG-2 Compressor Plug-in is Best?

I’m writing a story for Digital Content Producer on producing MPEG-2 video from HD source in Final Cut Pro/Compressor. Which plug-ins are best? – I’m trying to get Cinema Craft in, but they’re not responding to my emails. – I’ve got a trial version of Bitvise. – I’ll try Telestream Episode and Sorenson Squeeze. Are…