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June, 2022

  • 24 June

    Don’t Sacrifice Usability On the Altar of Design

    I took two pictures of clocks in my kitchen this morning, on the left is the microwave, on the right, the coffee maker. Which time is correct and what’s the key clue? If you guessed microwave because it’s about the time I actually start working in the morning, you’d be …

January, 2022

  • 4 January

    Testing EVC, VVC, and LCEVC

    This article compares VVC, EVC, and LCEVC with H.264, HEVC, and AV1. Its’ useful if you’re attempting to understand the goals and capabilities of these codecs. In 2020, MPEG announced three new codecs, Versatile Video Coding (VVC), Essential Video Coding (EVC), and Low Complexity Enhancement Video Coding (LCEVC). As of January …

December, 2021

  • 19 December

    Moscow State’s Dr. Dmitriy Vatolin Talks Codecs, Metrics, and Video Quality

    Dr. Dmitriy Vatolin is the Head of the Moscow State University Graphics and Media Lab and one of my favorite colleagues in the streaming quality space. His group produces the Video Quality Measurement Tool (VQMT) that I use almost every day and publishes many codec studies that compare the latest …

July, 2021

  • 8 July

    MediaInfo and BitRate Viewer – Essential Tools for Video Analysis

    Streaming producers need tools to explore different encoding options and verify their work. Here are two free Windows tools that I couldn’t live without. MediaInfo MediaInfo is a video analysis tool that displays the most significant data points regarding a video file, including resolution, data rate, codec, bit depth, frame …