Introduction to Streaming Media for Non-Technical Staff

I’ve launched a new course entitled Introduction To Streaming Media for Non-Technical Staff.

As the name suggests, the course introduces non-technical employees to fundamental concepts of streaming media. The basic concept is that even if you’re not an engineer, you should know what a codec is, why H.264 is still king, what DRM is (and why we need it), what functions CDNs perform, what a video player is and does, and basic workflows for live and VOD production. This course provides a quick and easy way to learn all that and more.

The lessons are high-level and include:

  • What is Streaming (and How is it Different)?
  • Why Organizations Stream?
  • Codecs and Compression
  • Choosing and Deploying New Codecs
  • What is an Encoder and How Do They Work?
  • Introduction to H.264
  • Introduction to Adaptive Bitrate Technologies
  • Choosing an ABR Technology (HLS, DASH, and CMAF; Oh My!)
  • Introduction to DRM
  • Introduction to Low Latency Technologies
  • Introduction to Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE)
  • What is a Content Delivery Network (CDN) and When Do You Need One?
  • What are Video Players and How to Choose One
  • What Video Players are and How to Choose One
  • VOD Production Overview
  • Live Production Overview

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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 ( and Learn to Produce Video with FFmpeg: In Thirty Minutes or Less ( I have multiple courses relating to streaming media production, all available at I currently work as as a Senior Director in Marketing.

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