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Encoding for Multiple Screen Delivery-Video and Handout

Here's the description.

Most publishers today have to distribute to three sets of screens: desktop, mobile, and TV. This session will start by detailing the playback capabilities and technology compatibilities of all three platforms. Then it will explore the technical issues and feasibility of producing one set of streams for all platforms, including how technologies like transmuxing and live transcoding can simplify the overall distribution workflow.

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Producing and Distributing HEVC

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This session explores the current status of HEVC, identifying options for encoding live and on-demand HEVC and discussing player options in the streaming and OTT markets. Topics include the comparative quality and usability of HEVC encoders, how HEVC quality compares to H.264 and VP9 (if encoders are available) and known trials and deployments of HEVC.

Encoding for Multiple Screen Delivery

Here's the session description.

This session details the playback capabilities and technology compatibilities of desktop, mobile, and TV screens, and explores the technical issues and feasibility of producing one set of streams for all platforms, including how technologies like transmuxing and live transcoding simplify the overall distribution workflow.

Click over to the article to download the handout.

Choose Live Encoder

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This session discusses factors to consider when choosing a live streaming encoder, from free or inexpensive software options to high-volume, big-iron systems, including quality, performance, portability, features, and format support. The session also examines how new cloud-based features such as live transrating are changing the requirements for on-location encoding.

Choosing Cloud Encoder

Here you can download my handout from the session, and view the comparison still image and compressed files. Here's the session description.

The session describes what cloud encoding is and how it works for both live and on- demand applications; details the types of applications that work well with cloud encoding; and identifies factors to consider when choosing an on-demand and live- cloud encoding service, including qualitative and performance results from recent reviews.

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Producing and Deploying HEVC-Handout and Sample Files

Here's the description:

This session explores the current status of HEVC, identifying existing and announced options for encoding live and on-demand HEVC, and discussing player options in the streaming and OTT markets. Topics explored will include the comparative quality and usability of HEVC encoders, how HEVC quality compares to H.264 at a range of resolutions and data rates, how HEVC compares to VP9 (if encoders are available), and known trials and deployments of HEVC.

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Choosing an Enterprise YouTube System-Download Handout

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We’ve been hearing about corporate YouTubes for a while; or services that allow employees, partners and other stakeholder to upload video to a site with structured moderation and security. But how do these differ from a traditional online video platform and what features should you consider when choosing between different options? In this session, attendees will learn what a corporate YouTube is, hear about the most common use cases and see a demonstration of the content upload and moderation workflow for various solutions on the market. You’ll walk away knowing what a corporate YouTube is, why you might want one, and how to identify the differentiating features of various systems.

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HEVC Webinar Viewing Page

Update:  Due to the Internet outage that interrupted our webinar, I will not make the VOD webinar available. Instead, since I'm giving a similar talk at Streaming Media East in NYC on May 24, I'll post that version once it's available.

This should be available by mid-June. Sorry for the delay.

Encoding for iBooks Author Webinar: Download Free Proof of Concept iBook

ibookcover.pngIn my upcoming webinar, Encoding for iBooks Author (register here), I claim that "by the lessons learned in this webinar, you’ll be able to include more minutes of videos in your iBooks, or the same number of minutes in a much smaller footprint." To prove the concept, I created an iBook with seven video files that you can freely download here. By practicing the techniques I'll demonstrate during the webinar, the seven files I produced (195 MB total) were about 400 MB smaller than those produced by iBooks Author (591 MB), with no visual difference. Click here to see the article with the complete analysis. Click here to download the free 800 MB iBook. 

Tutorial: Adaptive Streaming to Desktops and Mobile via HLS: No Coding Required

Adaptive streaming is the best technique for delivering video to viewers watching on a diverse range of platforms and connections. But implementing adaptive streaming has traditionally been complicated and expensive. Not any more.

In this webinar, now available on-demand, you'll learn how to deliver to desktops and mobile devices using Apple's HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) for a total investment of under $1,000, far less, if you already own the necessary encoder. And if you can embed a YouTube video in a web page, you have the technical expertise necessary to make this happen.

Recent Blogs

Harmonic Cloud Encoding Demo

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Wowza VP Chris Knowlton Demos New Streaming Engine User Interface

Wowza Streaming Engine (formerly Wowza Media Server) debuted its new graphical user interface in February, 2014. In the words of Wowza CEO David Stubenvoll: If you wanted to do iOS streaming in Wowza 3 you had to hand code in three locations, but now...

Harmonic CMO Peter Alexander Describes Company's Cloud Strategy

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MediaPlatform PrimeTime Review: A Sleek Enterprise YouTube

I'm getting pretty excited about enterprise YouTube products in general; particularly after writing about the value eBay saw in their enterprise system (see eBay Embraces Enterprise YouTube). I also liked, but wasn't overwhelmed by, the Silverlight-b...

Amazon Transcoder; My Review (Meh!)

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