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 and live training, and then online courses like Streaming Media 101: Technical Onboarding for Streaming Media Professionals, Getting Up and Running with Wowza Streaming Engine, and Encoding with the AV1 Codec. Now we’re offering our lessons in three additional ways.

License for Use in Your Learning Management Systems (LMS)

Since many streaming media companies have their own LMS, we offer our course materials for licensing on a yearly basis. We hope to announce our first licensing agreement by the end of February. In this arrangement, companies identify the lessons they want to license, which we supply via an MP4 file, PDF file of relevant slides, and quizzes. The licensee integrates these into their LMS as they see fit.

Pricing is based upon the number of students who will take the training for each 12-month license period, with standard discount schedules applying. Licensees are entitled to all lesson updates and new lessons added to the course each year, which is important because we just added six lessons to Streaming Media 101 and updated another four.

Add Your Content and We Host

Some companies don’t have an LMS but have enterprise-specific lessons that they want to add to our training, perhaps for specific encoders or packagers used or sold by the enterprise. In this case, we can either create the additional lessons for them or include lessons that they’ve created into the existing curriculum. We produce a custom course open only to their employees with progress monitored and certifications awarded only after completing all course modules and passing all quizzes.

Pricing is based upon the additional work that we have to perform and the number of students who take the course.

Live Remote Training

Travel and gathering in small rooms for many hours is still dicey for many organizations, but training is still critical. For these organizations, we can train remotely over their webinar platform of choice, or GoToWebinar, which we license. Enterprises can select their own curriculum from lessons in existing courses, add lessons that they supply, or ask us to create additional lessons if needed.

Pricing is based on the number of students attending the classes, the duration of the training, and the number of enterprise-specific modules we have to create.

Courses Available

The most extensive curriculum is available in the Streaming 101 Course with a link and brief description below. I also include other courses that may be of interest. I (Jan Ozer) produced all the courses except for the Wowza course by Derrick Freeman.

Streaming Media 101: Technical Onboarding for Streaming Media Professionals – This course teaches the fundamentals and skills necessary to succeed in a streaming media-related job, whether you’re producing and distributing streaming media or creating the tools, technologies, and services necessary to do so.

Getting Up and Running With Wowza Streaming Engine 4.8 (by Derrick Freeman) – Learn to deliver live and VOD adaptive streams to computers, mobile, and other devices using Wowza Streaming Engine 4.8.

Encoding with the AV1 Codec – Learn to efficiently produce optimized AV1 video with FFmpeg (libaom-av1), the Alliance for Open Media’s standalone aomenc encoder, Intel’s SVT-AV1, and Visionular’s Aurora1 codec. Save hours of experimentation and get it right the first time.

Computing and Using Video Quality Metrics: A Course for Encoding Professionals – This course will teach you how to choose and use video quality metrics like VMAF, SSIMPLUS, PSNR, and SSIM.

Produce Videos with FFmpeg: The Beginner’s Course – You will learn to use FFmpeg, Bento4, and Apple’s HLS tools to produce optimized videos for delivery to HLS and DASH clients. Each lesson covers theory and practice, so you can choose the best option and use the optimal command syntax.

If you’re interested in any of these offerings, please contact me at janozer@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Jan Ozer
Streaming Learning Center

About Jan Ozer

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.

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