Optimizing upload quality to YouTube

Got a question from an acquaintance on the best strategy for uploading files to YouTube, and I thought it might have broader interest, so here’s the Q & A. Question: I was wondering, since YouTube doesn’t appear to be using B-Frames in its encoding, is there any reason to send files to YouTube that have…

YouTube’s new HD format

Last Friday, I produced a concert for old time band Allegheny Blue to test out the NewTek TriCaster TCXD300.  I uploaded a 720p file to YouTube to present to the band, and when I went to view the file, I noticed that the Google subsidiary had subtly changed the playback interface. Though the update turned…

Windows 7 performance for Premiere Pro and Vegas

If you’re a Premiere Pro or Vegas editor, and you’re thinking about purchasing a new system with Windows 7, or upgrading to the new Microsoft OS on a current system, you might want to check out an article that I wrote for Millimeter/Digital Content Producer that you can access here. I compared rendering times with…

Need article sources – iPhone streaming and OVPs

I’m pulling together some streaming-related articles and need some user input.  Specifically, I need: – HTTP Live Streaming to iPhone case studies – companies who have started streaming to iPhones, why, how and how it has worked out. Prefer actual content owners rather than service companies. – OVPs – any company who considered using an…

Interesting video on viewing analytics

The type and amount of statistics and analytics provided by an OVP is a critical selection criteria. Veeple is an OVP that features clickable hotspots in the video. Here’s a short (under 3 minutes) video of Veeple’s viewing analytics that I found useful in understanding the type of information that they supply. I’m sure most…

How to demo to the press

Long day of demos at Streaming Media West. All very interesting, some suboptimal from the standpoint of effectiveness, so while I’m waiting for the Tiramisu I had after dinner to function like organic Ambien, I thought that I would write down some tips for sales and marketing types to consider before their next product demos.…