Beginner’s Guide to Codecs

This post provides an introduction to video codecs. It’s an entry-level article designed to help streaming newbies understand what codecs are, what they do, how to compare them, and why they succeed or fail.  If you’re new to streaming and need to get up to speed quickly, I’m hosting two three-hour boot camps at Streaming…

Presentation Handouts

There are the handouts from the last few Streaming Media Events. They’re typically long and very detailed, so provide a lot of data and other information. I’ve segmented them by subject and included the videos where available. I hope you find this information useful. Production and Delivery FFmpeg Visual Quality Metrics Per-Title Encoding Hardware Transcoding…

Beginner’s Guide to Live Streaming

This post provides an introduction to live streaming, particularly the technologies and services involved in producing, packaging, delivering, and playing live streams. It’s designed to help those new to live streaming to understand what live streaming is and the technological options available for producing it.  If you’re new to live streaming and need to get…

Analyzing Video Quality

This week’s lesson is an updated lesson for my course, Computing and Using Video Quality Metrics: A Course for Encoding Professionals. The agenda is shown in the YouTube frame. The lesson starts with an overview of rate-distortion curves and BD-Rate functions, what they are, and how you create them. Then I get into a pet…

Train Your Streaming Media Professionals: Your Place or Mine?

COVID-related travel and meeting restrictions don’t obviate the need for employee training. This article documents the four training options available for streaming media professionals from the Streaming Learning Center.  I created the Streaming Learning Center to help train streaming media professionals, particularly those involved in encoding, packaging, and delivering streaming video. Initially, we offered books…