Codecs

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August, 2021

  • 1 August

    Beginners Guide to Encoding H.264

    The H.264 codec is still the most widely used video compression technology — aka codec in the world and likely will be for the next few years. For this reason, every streaming media professional should know what the H.264 codec is and how to encode with H.264. This beginner’s guide …

July, 2021

  • 26 July

    AV1 Codec: AOMedia Video 1 Explained

    This article on the Wowza website provides a quick overview of the AV1 codec: what it is, how it performs, what it costs, and what it’s good for today. It’s useful if you want to get a quick feel for where AV1 fits in with other codecs. The article is …

  • 11 July

    H.265 Codec: High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) Explained

    This article on the Wowza website provides a quick overview of the HEVC codec: what it is, how it performs, what it costs, and what it’s good for. It concludes with a section on what you need to know to effectively deploy the HEVC codec using the Wowza Streaming Engine …

June, 2021

  • 30 June

    VP9 Codec: Google’s Open-Source Technology Explained

    This article on the Wowza website provides a quick overview of the VP9 codec: what it is, how it performs, what it costs, and what it’s good for. It concludes with a section on where you should consider deploying VP9 and what you need to know to effectively deploy the …

  • 29 June

    H.264 Codec Backgrounder

    This article on the Wowza website provides a quick overview of the H.264 codec: what it is, how it performs, what it costs, and what it’s good for. It concludes with a section on what you need to know to effectively deploy the H.264 codec, particularly within the Wowza Streaming …

  • 25 June

    Real-World Bandwidth Savings from VP9, HEVC, and AV1

    This article is about a video lesson that computes the bandwidths savings afforded by the FFmpeg-based implementations of VP9 (libvpx-VP9), H.264 (x264), HEVC (x265), and AV1 (libaom-AV1). The lesson uses the Netflix convex hull analysis to build unique encoding ladders for each test clip and codec and shows why BD-Rate …

April, 2021

  • 15 April

    LCEVC Excels in Full Ladder Live Use Case Testing

    Pleased to announce my second report on LCEVC Technology entitled LCEVC x264 Report: Live Sports & eGames, ABR Ladder. The first report assessed VOD performance at 1080p; this report tested live performance using a full encoding ladder and weighted average performance as well as BD-Rate comparisons. Here’s the Table of …

March, 2021

  • 30 March

    Webinar: Video Codecs in 2021 and Beyond with Jan Ozer

    I was honored to present a free webinar entitled Video Codecs in 2021 and Beyond with Muvi on April 8, 2021. The slides and recording are below. Here’s the description. There has never been a time where so many video codecs were available (or soon to be available) for video …

February, 2021

  • 21 February

    A Basic Decision Model and Breakeven Analysis for Deciding Whether to Add a New Codec

    On a LinkedIn post here, Johan Skaneby asked: Technical comparisons and documentation on different codec performance are very interesting and important, but all development of technologies are always closely related to market requirements and business models. My experience is that the challenge for decision-makers in existing and profitable distribution workflows …

  • 8 February

    Beginner’s Guide to Codecs

    This post provides an introduction to video codecs. It’s an entry-level article designed to help streaming newbies understand what codecs are, what they do, how to compare them, and why they succeed or fail.