Lesson of the Week: Why BD-Rate is a Poor Predictor of Real-World Bandwidth Savings

BD-Rate computations are a valuable metric when comparing theoretical codec performance. But just because they prove that HEVC is 40% more efficient than H.264 doesn’t mean that you’ll save 40% of your bandwidth if you switch to HEVC. This 6-minute video lesson explains why and suggests a better alternative for estimating real-world benefits. I include…

Lesson of the Week: Per-Title Encoding in 6.2 Dimensions

This updated lesson was just added to the course Streaming Media 101: Technical Onboarding for Streaming Media Professionals. It details the evolution of per-title encoding from simple optimization technologies to complex, AI-driven systems. It’s an example of the technical perspective the course provides and our commitment to continually updating course content. Enjoy.  Per-title encoding customizes…

Five Star Review for AV1 Encoding Course

Just a quick note to celebrate the first review of my Encoding with the AV1 Codec course ($99.95). By way of background, I designed the course to help familiarize students with the confusing array of AV1 encoding parameters and to offer sample command strings that I have proven over weeks of testing. In other words,…