Codec Update for Streaming Media 101 Course

I’ve just posted a major codec update to my course, Streaming Media 101: Technical Onboarding for Streaming Media Professionals. The update incorporates the latest on H.264, HEVC, VP9, AV1, LCEVC, and VVC, with EVC excluded since it’s made such little progress on productization and royalty status to date (though the MPAI is doing some interesting things).

The update totals about 70 minutes of video in the following sections:

• Encoding Efficiency
• Playback compatibility and performance
• Stakeholders
• The Royalty Picture
• Suitability to task
• Other market reports and recommendations

It’s hard to remember a more dynamic period for codecs. The update reports on the following events and more:

• Chrome adoption of HEVC with several caveats
• Apple finally supporting AV1, though only on two premium phones
• AV1’s slow road to hardware penetration on mobile (Scietiamobile)
• VVC’s/LCEVC’s progress with broadcast standards adoption
• AV1 gets real for HDR: Dolby supports AV1 with a DV profile and the finalization of the AV1 HDR10+ specification
• The potential for codec royalties on content from the Avanci Video Pool and codec IP owners like Nokia and Broadcom
• The closing of the Velos HEVC pool
• The credibility gained by Sisvel’s AV1/VP9 pools via its licensing agreement with RPX
• Slower than hoped for support for VVC outside of China in chipsets and SmartTVs
• The availability of ASIC-based transcoding hardware for H.264, HEVC, and AV1 to support high-volume interactive live-streaming services, making AV1 a contender in this market

Like all lessons in the course, the new lessons are available for free to all registered students. I’ll be adding lessons on AI and VR in the next few weeks, incorporating additional codec-related updates.

For more on the course, visit here.

About Jan Ozer

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I help companies train new technical hires in streaming media-related positions; I also help companies optimize their codec selections and encoding stacks and evaluate new encoders and codecs. I am a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine, writing about codecs and encoding tools. I have written multiple authoritative books on video encoding, including Video Encoding by the Numbers: Eliminate the Guesswork from your Streaming Video (https://amzn.to/3kV6R1j) and Learn to Produce Video with FFmpeg: In Thirty Minutes or Less (https://amzn.to/3ZJih7e). I have multiple courses relating to streaming media production, all available at https://bit.ly/slc_courses. I currently work as www.netint.com as a Senior Director in Marketing.

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