Webinar: Choosing a Codec in 2021 and Beyond: Archive Version Now Available

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The archived version of this event is available here: registration is required.


Free Webinar: Choosing a Codec in 2021 and Beyond
December 8, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

Codecs like H.264 and AV1 are the key enabling technologies for all entertainment and business-oriented video distribution, whether movies distributed via Netflix or videoconferencing from Zoom and similar services. At a high level, codecs come from two different sources; standards bodies like MPEG (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.264, HEVC, VVC, EVC, LCEVC) and from so-called open-source development (VP9, AV1). What does this mean regarding royalties and usage costs? And with so many codecs available, when will each become relevant for deployment, if ever?

This free webinar, produced by Streaming Learning Center’s Jan Ozer, explores issues like:

  • What codecs are and how they are created.
  • What codecs cost to deploy.
  • Where they play and when they will play?
  • The difference between a codec and an encoder (and why it matters)
  • How to compare codec performance (encoding speed, Rate-Distortion Curves, and BD-RATE comparisons).
  • The difference between academic and real-world codec trials.
  • The difference between a “hardware” codec and a “software” codec.
  • Key codec functions (live contribution, live transcoding, low-latency, VOD, HDR) and codec availability within these sub-markets.
  • Factors to consider when projecting codec adoption.
  • The key codecs available in 2020/2021 and their likely deployment schedules.

The webinar is designed for newbies who want to learn about codecs and experienced streaming professionals who want an update on codecs for 2021 and beyond. Attendees will walk away knowing which codecs are likely to stay or become relevant to their business, what they will cost to deploy, and how to evaluate their utility. If you can’t make it live, register anyway, and we’ll send you a limited-time link to view the recorded webinar.


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.

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