Encode on-Premise or in the Cloud

Deciding whether to encode on-premise or in the cloud is one of the most critical decisions facing any streaming publisher. Two recent articles provide both strong opinions and insights on this decision and are worthy of review. Our take? Do the math and make your own decision. The first article is “Why we’re leaving the cloud,” by David Heinemeir Hannson. …

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Running FFmpeg on Windows Subsystem for Linux

Choosing the Linux distro.

This post details how to install, update and add FFmpeg to Windows Subsystem for Linux so you can run Linux in Windows with minimal muss or fuss. Here’s why you might want to install WSL in the first place. I recently taught a session at Streaming Media East on using variables with FFmpeg (download handout here – note that free …

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Defining Transcoder, VPU, and VCU

An image of a chalkboard defining VPU as a device that decodes, encodes, scales, overlays, and has AI capabilities.

A woman walks into a bar and asks, “I’ll have two video transcoders, please.” Bartender says, “We don’t carry transcoders; we have VPUs. Will they do?” The woman scratches her head and says, “hmm, I don’t know.” Do you? If not, you’re in the right place. This short article will briefly define transcoder, VPU, and VCU, and get you in …

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New Articles on Streaming Media Magazine

Two free learning resources are available on the Streaming Media website; How to Produce VVC With FFmpeg and How to Script for FFmpeg Using PowerShell and BASH. They’re tutorials in the Streaming Media Sourcebook, an annual production containing useful articles and collections. Learn Variables and For Loops Here’s the abridged intro: Most FFmpeg users start by creating a simple static command …

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Best Sources for Free Video Test Clips

I recently posted a request for video test clips on LinkedIn. This article summarizes the websites listed in the responses. Thanks to all who responded. 4KMedia An absolutely fabulous resource for compressionists looking for a broad range of 4K footage of reasonable duration, many, like this NY promotional clip, in HDR. Here’s the site description. 4KMedia.org is intended to demonstrate …

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Join Me at Streaming Media East in Boston in May

The Streaming Media East Conference Logo

Note: I’ve updated the descriptions below with links to the actual presentations. I will add the videos once they become available.  Streaming Media East is always a great event for learning, meeting, greeting, and catching up on the latest trends and technical innovations in the Streaming Industry. This year’s event will be held May 17 – 19 at the Boston …

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Ozer to Present on x265 Encoding and Packaging at Mile-High Video

You can download the presentation handout here (download). I’ll add the video once it becomes available.  I’m thrilled to speak at Mile-High Video in Denver, which runs from May 7 – 10 2023. My presentation is on Sunday, May 7, entitled, “Encoding and Packaging x265/HDR with FFmpeg, Bento4 and mp4box.” The description is, “this introductory session will cover the basics …

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Come See Me (Jan Ozer) At NAB

NETINT will be in Booth W1672 at the upcoming NAB

NAB is coming up April 15 – 19 in Las Vegas. I’ll be attending with NETINT (company description below) at booth W1672. We’ll show our core product line of two ASIC-based live transcoder families, the T408 (H.264/HEVC) and the Quadra (H.264/HEVC/AV1 plus AI integration). At the show, we’ll debut two server products that integrate the board-based transcoders into a complete …

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Encoding Ladder: Choosing the Best Codec for Streaming Video

This is the first in a series of posts detailing what you need to know to create the perfect encoding ladder. It’s a high-level introductory series good for streaming novices, but too basic for most experienced streaming producers. This article details how to choose the best codec for streaming video.  What’s a codec? A compression technology that shrinks your video …

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How Firmware Helps Keep ASICs Up to Date

ASICs have an unfair (and inaccurate) reputation for being obsolete the day they leave the foundry. However, while some functions are baked into the hardware, firmware, and driver software enable continual upgrades in both features and performance. To explore these capabilities, I spoke with two members of the NETINT development team, Neil Gunn, who is NETINT’s Video Firmware Tech Lead, …

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