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Harmonic Cloud Encoding Demo

Harmonic went from no cloud encoding offerings to three cloud encoding offerings in a matter of months. In this video, Bryant Maness, product manager for file transcoding, demonstrates all three. The first allows you to add cloud nodes to your WFS sy...

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

With gross revenue in the $400 million range ($108 million for Q2 2014), Harmonic Inc. is one of the largest encoding companies on the planet, but they've been strangely quiet on the cloud-encoding front. This changed around NAB 2014, when the compan...

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!)

On one level, Amazon's Elastic Transcoder is a finely-tuned service well crafted for the largest sweet spot of the cloud encoding market, Plain Jane H.264 transcoding. On another level, its a service that aimed low from an interface and usability sta...

Don't Buy that UHD TV: It May Go Obsolete Faster Than You Think

Holiday buying season is right around the corner, and soon you'll be subjected to advertising from multiple sources to buy a new UHD TV set. I like shiny new objects as much as the next guy, but before you succumb, you should know that there's a good...

Encoding in the Cloud or On Premise

I was once a skeptic on cloud encoding, but over the last 12 months have become a believer. In my Streaming Media article, The Cloud Vs. On-Premises Encoding Dilemma, I discuss why, discussing three classes of companies.The first should go directly t...

Insights from the Ooyala Global Video Index

Ooyala is one of the top three online video platforms (OVP) and releases a quarterly "video index" that "measures the anonymized viewing habits of viewers in 239 countries and territories, from Argentina to Zimbabwe, around the world," and reports...

Data Rates for HEVC Testing

A few weeks ago, I ran a survey to determine the average data rate used by video producers when encoding H.264 to 720p and 1080p resolutions. The thought was, once I knew this, I could encode using HEVC at the half the data rate and compare the quali...

Adobe Media Encoder Online Course a "Life Saver"

  My Udemy course entitled, Mastering the Adobe Media Encoder CC, just got its first review, a five-star rating. Reviewer Jill Hoven commented: "The BEST Tutorial on Adobe Media Encoder!! Jan Ozer is already my go-to expert on everything streaming ...

More on MPEG LA HEVC Royalty Policy

My recent column, MPEG LA's HEVC Licensing Terms Are Flawed, Will Prevent Adoption, has generated lots of comments in the LinkedIn HEVC/H.265 Group. One comment, from Anthony Mai, sparked a lengthy response, which I wanted to share. By way of backgro...

New Five Star Review for "Great" Compression Book

Just got a short and sweet five star review on Amazon for Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery. Here's a screen grab. Ah, nothing does an author's heart more good than to see a review like that. Thanks for taking the time to share,...

Video Interview: Is Elemental Technologies Turning Into a Software Company

Elemental Technologies has done a great job selling encoding appliances, becoming a force in the high volume H.264 transcoding market over the last few years. So when I saw that Elemental Technologies had released a white paper entitled, Software-Def...

Panasonic UHD Set Doesn't Play House of Cards (and Other Issues)

Anytime a new codec is released, there are inevitable compatibility issues. Panasonic got bit first when one of their models proved incompatible with Netflix, with no fix available, now or ever. Beyond simple codec incompatibilities, there are severa...

Hulu Adapting DASH for All Available Platforms

The DASH standard (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) is increasingly being implemented by premuim content distributors, though deployment is added on a device or platform-specific basis. In this transcribed interview between Streaming Media's Sen...

MPEG LA's HEVC Licensing Terms Are Flawed, Will Prevent Adoption

The more I think about MPEG LA's proposed HEVC royalty policy, the more I think it's flawed, primarily because there's no incentive for Adobe to pay $25 million to add HEVC playback to Flash. Why is this important? Because Flash is still the only del...

Choosing a Microphone for Webinars

The thing about webinars produced from your desk is that they seem to invite you to use poor quality gear. Yeah, you could setup an external microphone, but that mic on your webcam is just sooo convenient. Or, you think that a $15 lavaliere mic from ...

Found in Translation: How Captioning and Translation Can Deliver Eyeballs

I recently heard a story about the power of captioning and translation that I wanted to share. By way of background, I was writing a story about cloud encoding, talking to various users to learn why they choose to encode in the cloud, rather than on ...

Understanding Adaptive Streaming in Three Short Videos

I got a email question yesterday that went like this: Please forgive me if this question sounds obvious but when I encode a master clip for different streaming outputs (using AME C6) I end up with a different file for each separate outlet. A file ...

Simple Survey on HEVC Data Rates

One of the benefits of HEVC is supposed to be that it delivers the same quality of H.264 at 50% of the data rate. However, since there’s little data rate standardization, it’s tough to tell what that means. After all, it means one thing if you pr...

Free Streaming Primer available for download

One of the most popular downloads from the Streaming Learning Center was our original streaming media primer. Now we're releasing a new primer, covering the materials shown in the table of contents below. The primer is a component of my new Udemy co...

UHD Codecs; HEVC, VP9 and Daala

My latest column in Streaming Media Magazine; Here's the lead.  There’s a lot of interest in ultra-high definition (UHD) video, and the two codecs that drive it, HEVC and VP9. Over the past few months, a new UHD codec called Daala has also come to...

The ROI of Enterprise Webcasting: Justifying the Expense

You can financially justify the expenses surrounding webcasting in multiple ways. First, streaming media can provide a cheaper alternative to an existing practice. Second, it can open new revenue opportunities. Finally, it can allow you to extend you...

Review: Vidizmo EnterpriseTube

For this review of the Vidizmo EnterpriseTube, which just posted on Streaming Media, the lead says it all. Let me be up front about this. Vidizmo EnterpriseTube is the first corporate YouTube product that I’ve reviewed. So if you’re looking for a...

Satellite, Cellmux and Fiber; Alternatives to Ethernet

Suppose you're tasked with producing a high-profile live event. Perhaps the location has Ethernet connectivity, but you also want a redundant connection in case the Ethernet goes down. Or perhaps the location doesn't offer Ethernet. What are your opt...

eBay Embraces Enterprise YouTube to Maintain Competitive Advantage

I had a great opportunity to write a case study on eBay's use of Qumu's enterprise YouTube product. Sometimes, these discussions are strictly technical, the bits and bytes, procedures and workflows, that kind of thing. While I covered that with eBay'...

Netflix Lukewarm on HEVC (to put it mildly)

"The bottom line is that in the great struggle to find the true signal among the noise, you should ignore the claims of those who create and sell the codec, and prioritize those who actually have to put it to use. But you knew that already, didn't yo...

Even YouTube Doesn't Take HTML5/WebM Seriously

I know, I know, Flash is dead, the war is over. We've all moved on to other battles. Still, I had to laugh the other day when I noticed how YouTube was encoding files for some browsers in HTML5 mode.  Here's the story. I was writing another Video Do...

Ozer Launches Online Course Mastering the Adobe Media Encoder

I'm pleased to announce my new course, Mastering the Adobe Media Encoder CC: An Online Course, on Udemy. Why this new course? Well, I use the Adobe Media Encoder every day, and have for many years over multiple versions. I know which presets operate...

Udemy Course Updated with Adobe Media Encoder Training

Just a quick note to let you know that I've added 16 lectures of Adobe Media Encoder training to my existing course on Udemy, Video Compression for Web, Disc and PC/TV/Console Playback. You can see the modules added below.  I've also launched a sep...

New Udemy Review: "Great Introductory Course"

My online course, Video Compression for Web, Disc and PC/TV/Console Playback has been live on Udemy for a couple of months. After two quick five-star reviews, a third has finally come in from Daniel Suarez, as shown below. Thanks, Daniel! Interest...

Handouts from Producing a Webcast From Soup to Nuts

Last week at Streaming Media East, I held 2 three-hour sessions (parts 1 & 2) on Producing a Webcast from Soup to Nuts. The descriptions are below, as are the handouts for downloading.  SM2: Producing A Webcast From Soup To Nuts: Part One Part o...

Love that Lowel TRIO

Last week, at my session Producing a Webcast from Soup to Nuts at Streaming Media East, Lowel Light Inc. was kind enough to loan me a Lowel TRIO light kit. I was looking for a light kit that I could setup in minutes, with focusable lights that I cou...

DASH vs. HLS: Request for Comments

Lots of excellent articles on DASH recently; I'm trying to summarize them for a presentation on Multiple Screen Delivery at Streaming Media East. The table below is my attempt to do so, and to compare how easily one can implement DASH as compared to ...

Adobe Promises DASH and HEVC - In Primetime, Not Flash Player

Beet.tv did a fabulous job covering technology trends at NAB with interviews from a seemingly endless list of A-listers, from Akamai and Adobe, to Microsoft, Netflix, Viacom, Broadcom, you name it. One of the interviews was with Ashley Still, directo...

Ozer Book - "A Beacon of Light in a Valley of Half-Knowledge"

It's probably a serious faux pas, if not a clear sign of declasse, to blog about a tweet; someone let me know. But a recent tweet about my book really made me smile, and the sound byte--A Beacon of Light in a Valley of Half-Knowledge--is priceless. H...

10 Tips for Creating Successful Branded Videos

My article, 10 Tips for Creating Successful Branded Videos, just appeared on Onlinevideo.net. It's a fun and hot topic these days; launch a business, produce a video that goes viral and laugh your way to the bank. Well, it can happen, because it has,...

Free Webinar-HEVC: What it is, Where it's At, and Where it's Going

Tue, Apr 29, 2014 2:00 PM EDT HEVC is definitely the next big thing; but how big is it, and when will it matter? If you're interested in learning about the current status of HEVC, consider attending this webinar, during which I'll discuss a rang...

Review: Panopto Lecture Capture and Webcasting System

My review of the Panopto Lecture Capture and Webcasting System just published on the Streaming Media website. Here's a short summary of what I thought.  Overall, Panopto was very well-conceived, and in general, is very easy to use for both presenter...

Stream With Care: Simple Production Tips for Quality Results

My latest column for Streaming Media magazine is a must read for anyone who produces (rather than simply encoding) streaming video. Here's the intro. Most seasoned compressionists know that you can’t have high-quality streaming media without qualit...

Find Viewers Before You Make a Video

Just got off the phone with Ken Gumbs of Fresh Giants, a video production company in Chicago, who I interviewed for an article I'm writing about branded video for OnlineVideo.net. I was struck by the pure wisdom of many of Ken's comments, in part, I...

TalkPoint Convey Debuts Screencam Help Videos

Two or three years ago, the average cost of a video webcast was around $1,200 - $2,000. Now that services like GoToWebinar start as low as $99/month, established companies are having to adjust both their products and their pricing. I've been working ...

Netflix, HEVC and Net Neutrality. Who Ultimately Will Pay the Toll?

The poor folks at HDTVtest were reviewing a Samsung HU8500 UHDTV and noticed that Netflix was streaming House of Cards Season 2 at 4K in HEVC. According to the article, after cycling through 720p and 1080p, the stream ultimately switched up to 2160 H...

Dressing for Streaming Success; Brown is the New Black

I'm preparing for my full day seminar entitled Producing a Webcast from Soup to Nuts at Streaming Media East in Manhattan on May 12, 2014. Part of the process involves watching a bunch of live events to glean tips and tricks and mistakes to avoid. Tw...

Apple Updates Tech Note TN2224

From my perspective, Apple Technical Note TN2224 is the Rosetta Stone of adaptive streaming, a document that translates multiple factors into concrete recommendations that should be considered by all producers streaming to Apple Devices. Which is to ...

Flash is Dead: In Adobe Media Encoder CC at Least

Let's test your observational powers. On the left are the web presets from Adobe Media Encoder prior to the April 2014 reveal. On the right is the same group of presets after the April refresh. What's missing?  Well, in case the title didn't clue yo...

Workflow Tour: Livestream Studio on the Studio HD51

This tutorial provides a quick overview of how to mix multiple cameras, graphic overlays, and other media in the new version of Livestream Studio, as well as how to record isolated video program feeds, and configure your stream and send it out via Li...

Tutorial: New Features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC April Reveal

On April 2, 2014, Adobe announced updates to all Creative Cloud video apps that will debut at NAB. This video demonstrates the four key new features in Premiere Pro CC: Master Clips, Live Text, Masking and Tracking, and new 4K format support. Str...

HEVC Playback and Dismal Device Battery Life

HEVC comes with two benefits; equivalent quality to H.264 at about half the data rate, and ultra-high definition video. One big question about the new technology, however, is the impact of HEVC playback on device battery life, which is critical given...

Configuring a Server Farm for Telestream Episode

OK, pretty discrete topic, but if you care, you care. This blog post originated as questions from a visitor to this website, who asked: At this stage of my investigation, I have the following questions: - Should I go for a few 16-core or a lot 4-core...

How to Choose and Implement a Webcasting Solution

Producing a live event? Do you need a webcasting system like On24, a live streaming service provider like Livestream, or a conferencing solution like GoToMeeting or Google Hangouts? Not sure? Find out in my article, How to Choose and Implement a Webc...

How to Make the Move to HEVC

Interested in HEVC (H.265)? My article regarding same is now available on the Streaming Media website, here. Here's the intro to give you an idea about what's covered.  While few companies of any kind are actually making money from HEVC (H.265) tod...

Adjusting Brightness and Color in YouTube

I'm pretty good getting the color and brightness right on clips that I upload to YouTube, but sometimes it's a bit tougher with webinars, especially when they are self produced. I was checking some past webinars produced on YouTube Live for a seminar...

Tutorial: Encoding With HandBrake

This is one of 42 lessons from my course Video Compression for Web, Disc and PC/TV/Console Playback, on Udemy. It covers how to use HandBrake to encode for streaming. As you may know, HandBrake is a free cross-platform encoder that does a great job e...

On Demand Webinar: Encoding for iBooks Author Now Available

Note: With the June 2014 release of iBooks Author, the procedures discussed here no longer work. Good luck with your iBooks Author encodes. I held the webinar, Encoding for iBooks Author, on March 25. The webinar, which was sponsored by TalkPoint an...

Make This Look Like That - Improving Color and Brightness in Premiere Pro

Many encoding pros spend an inordinate amount of time tweaking obscure H.264 compression parameters, while the fastest way to improve quality might just be optimizing the color and brightness of your source videos.  You can see that in the image on...

A Buyer's Guide to Live Encoders

Producing a live event in the near term and need to choose an encoder? My article, A Buyer’s Guide to Live Encoders, from the fabulous 2014 Streaming Media Sourcebook, is up on the Streaming Media webiste. Here's the brief intro which details wh...

A Buyer's Guide to Cloud Encoders

Considering a cloud encoder? My article, A Buyer’s Guide to Cloud Encoders, from the fabulous 2014 Streaming Media Sourcebook, is up on the Streaming Media webiste. Here's the scintillating intro which tells what's covered in the article.  Ther...

Review: Livestream Studio HD51

My review of the new Livestream Studio HD51, is up on the Streaming Media Producer website. If you're looking for a turnkey switcher encoder with HDMI and SDI input, it's a great option. Here's the intro to tell you what's covered.  Livestream Studi...

A Buyer’s Guide to Live Streaming Services

My article, A Buyer’s Guide to Live Streaming Services, from the fabulous 2014 Streaming Media Sourcebook, is up on the Streaming Media webiste. Here's the intro, designed to grab you by the throat (metaphorically, of course) and force you to read...

Choosing a Capture Card for FMLE

I received this email the other day from the Division Manager of Web Based Services for a large southern city. He said: While doing research, I found your “Choosing a Live Streaming Encoder” presentation on YouTube. I found it very informative ...

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

Note: With the June 2014 release of iBooks Author, the procedures discussed here no longer work. Good luck with your iBooks Author encodes. In my upcoming webinar, Encoding for iBooks Author (register here), I claim that "by the lessons learned i...

YouTube Deploying DASH-Variant to Reduce Mobile Latency

Read an interesting article in CoreAnalysis, a Canadian blog run by Patrick Lopez, who reports that YouTube has been experimenting with multiple technologies to reduce mobile wait time, and is now deploying a DASH-based technology they call Sliced Br...

Tutorial: Encoding for Streaming from a Website

This is one of 42 lessons from my course Video Compression for Web, Disc and PC/TV/Console Playback, on Udemy (bit.ly/Ozer_u). It's one of the most important lessons, covering bits/pixel, which is a critical concept in streaming. As an informational ...

Positive Reviews of Udemy Video Compression Course

The first reviews of my new video compression course on Udemy are in, and they're quite positive (of course, otherwise I wouldn't be blogging about them).  Travis Roesler, owner of howtofightnow.com, a website that offers self defense courses, rated...

Webinar: Encoding for iBooks Author

Note: With the June 2014 release of iBooks Author, the procedures discussed here no longer work. Good luck with your iBooks Author encodes. Adding video to an iBook is simple; just drag the clip into your book in iBooks Author. But if iBooks Author...

Encoding for HTTP Live Streaming

If you're just getting into producing files for HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) delivery, you may find my article on encoding for HLS useful. Here's the introduction: HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) is a simple and elegant architecture created by Apple for deliv...

Webinar: Removing Noise from Your Video with the Neat Video Filter

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 2:00 - 2:30 EST As much as we try to avoid it, sometimes we have to shoot video in low light. To brighten the video, we have to boost gain, which inserts visible noise into the video, which looks bad and can lead to compressi...

Ozer Announces New Video Compression Course on Udemy

I’m pleased to announce my new video compression course on Udemy entitled Video Compression for Web, Disc and PC/TV/Console Playback. The course will help those new to compression get up to speed quickly, and will serve as a valuable resource for n...

Osprey Lives On, ViewCast Disappears

Author's note:  The article has been updated with information about Valdor acquiring the Niagara and GoStream product lines. It's no secret that ViewCast, one of the longest tenured veterans in the streaming media marketplace, has been under a lot o...

In Defense of MPEG LA

MPEG LA is the licensing authority that manages the patent portfolios for MPEG-2 and H.264 patent groups. The organization has received some bad press lately from Steve Forbes, writing in Fox News, and Howard Williams, writing for TelecomTV. The com...

How to Create Video Emails

An article I wrote for OnlineVideo.net on how to create video emails just posted. Here's the intro, which describes what's in the article.  As more companies add video to their marketing and communications efforts, it’s natural to want to include ...

YouTube Preparing to Deploy VP9 on 4K Content

In a TV Technology article, Deborah D. McAdams reported that "YouTube is preparing to use Google’s own VP9 compression for 4K content otherwise known as “UltraHD.” McAdams was recounting Google's presentation from Day 2 of the Hollywood Post Al...

Premiere Pro Title Tips

Here are three title-related tips you can use from within Premiere Pro. 1.  How to save a title style 2.  How to create a title template 3.  How to save a title as a separate file Premiere Pro Title Tips_1 // ...

Telestream Wirecast 5: The Definitive Review

My review of Wirecast 5 is up on Streaming Media Magazine. To make a long story short, if you're a Wirecast user, you're going to want to upgrade.  Here's the intro, which sets the stage: Telestream has significantly improved usability with a redesi...

Telestream Includes x.264 in Free Episode 6.4 Update

In an uncharacteristically quiet release, Telestream launched Episode 6.4, a free upgrade that includes x264 encoding for all versions. This is essentially a price reduction of around $89 (B&H was still selling the x264 option when I wrote this p...

Choosing Cameras and Lighting for Single-Speaker Webinars

I recently tested a bunch of webcams and video cameras to find the optimal camera for single person webinars. I produced a webinar on the topic, which you can view here, and see the output from the various tested devices. I also wrote an article on t...

Redo of HLS Webinar with JW Player and Sorenson Media

I produced a webinar in late January entitled Adaptive Streaming to Desktops and Mobile via HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). A simple approach; no coding required. Unfortunately, when it was time to post the on-demand version, we learned that the file had ...

Tutorial: Fixing Clipped Audio with iZotope RX3

We've all recording clipped, distorted audio from a signal that's too hot, resulting in time-consuming retakes or total disaster if the audio is from a live event. The Declip feature in iZotope RX3 can reduce that disaster to a quick and easy fix. Th...

Presentation Lessons from the State of the Union

After several hundred years of simple talking head State of the Union addresses, the Obama team broke mold with “enhanced live-stream” of the speech, which included the president on the left, and frequent infographics, photos and tweets on the ri...

Tutorial: Improve Audio Clarity with Compression in Audition/Premiere Pro CC

I produce a lot of screencams, and sometimes my voice fades at the end of the day, which can make the instruction muffled and less distinct. Audio compression is a great way to fix that, and it's really convenient in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe A...

Wistia: An OVP that Specializes in Video Marketing

Over the last three or four years, the big OVPs--Brightcove, Kaltura and Ooyala--got bigger, and the smaller ones seemed to go away. While some consolidation and/or attrition is expected in every growing market, in the OVP space it felt like there we...

While DASH Languishes, HLS Becomes More Useful and Accessible

Yesterday I announced a webinar titled Adaptive Streaming to Desktops and Mobile via HTTP Live Streaming (HLS): A Simple Approach; No Coding Required (more info here), which is scheduled for Tuesday, January 28th, at 2:00 PM EST. Here’s the back st...

Wirecast Frame Rate Too Slow? Check Video Display Rate

If your capture frame rate in Wirecast drops into the 10-15 fps range, check the Video Display Rate option in the Preferences dialog. When I started testing this morning after several weeks away from the program, it was set at 60. Unfortunately, that...

Netflix Commits to HEVC for House of Cards

Multiple websites have reported that Netflix intends to use HEVC to distribute House of Cards in 4K. Even more significantly, they intend to reencode much of their SD and HD content to HEVC to save bandwidth costs and deliver higher quality video ove...

Video: Applying Lumetri Looks and other Effects Directly in Adobe Media Encoder

Not quite sure when Adobe added these features, but I was puttering around in Adobe Media Encoder CC last week and noticed that Adobe added the ability to add Lumetri looks, text, graphics and timecode directly in Adobe Media Encoder (AME). In previo...

The Dirty Little Secret About 4K: Content Owners Can't Afford It

My colleague Dan Rayburn at Streaming Media (also a Frost & Sullivan analyst) just released another of his market-defining blog posts, entitled "The Dirty Little Secret About 4K Streaming: Content Owners Can’t Afford The Bandwidth Costs." As th...

Cracking the Code of x264 Presets

Like most compression geeks, I'm a big fan of the x264 codec, which is widely considered the highest quality H.264 codec, winning the prestigious University of Moscow codec shootout year after year. Though the codec has a comprehensive range of conf...

Upcoming Webinar: Increase Landing Page Conversion with Video

No, it's not one of my webinars, it's from Unbounce, a company that helps marketers create landing pages for products, sevices and the like. Two things are cool about this webinar. First, if you're a video producer, you have to be excited about ways ...

YouTube/VP9/4K - Get Off the Dime, MPEG-LA

When YouTube sneezes, the codec world catches the 'flu, even if the cause of the sneeze was totally innocuous. So it was with YouTube's announcement that they will show 4K video encoded with VP9 at CES with hardware partners including Sony, Intel and...

HP Releases New Z1

On January 6, 2014, HP announced a new version of their Z1 all-in-one workstation. I love the first version because it's beautiful, powerful and field upgradeable; but it lacked high-speed external connectivity, so your capture options for live produ...

First Look: Apple Compressor 4.1

Compressor 4.1 is the first major update to Compressor since well before Final Cut Pro X. I reviewed the software for Streaming Media Magazine, and found a great new interface, the same old plumbing and confusing operation; here's the pithy close: To...

Baby Steps Into Video SEO

One area of interest for me in 2014 is video search engine optimization (SEO). In this regard, I’ll be perusing a number of resources like webinars and articles to learn the basics. I figure as long as I’m learning, I might as well share this inf...

Should I learn Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro?

I'm not a big fan of Quora, but occasionally the questions and answers are relevant. I saw this one today: Question: I want to gain hireable, professional-level experience and perhaps work in documentary filmmaking one day. Here's a portion of the re...

Hey, What Happened to Adobe Encore?

Looking for Adobe Encore on the Creative Cloud? It's not easy to find. Here's an intro to a story that I wrote for Streaming Media Producer about Encore's demise, and how to find it on the Creative Cloud. So, there I was, starting to run some tests o...

YouTube Live Opens Up Live Streaming to All Members

YouTube Live is a very useable and useful live streaming service that formerly was only open to a limited number of producers. According to StreamingMedia.com, the service is now free and open to all. I reviewed the service in an article you can read...

Brightcove Video Cloud Live Review is Up!

My review of the Brightcove Video Cloud Live service is up and running on StreamingMedia.com. Basically, I reviewed the service so I could work with the Zencoder Live Transcoding service, which worked flawlessly; it's a really nice service. The servi...

What Will the HEVC Royalty Structure Look Like?

No one knows at this point, but I did learn a thing or two at Streaming Media West. By way of background, most authorities agree that there will be royalties on encoders and decoders, just like H.264. However, I was thinking that there might be royal...

New VLC Player Release Incorporates HEVC Playback

The VLC Player is one of the few programs I have on virtually all computers in my office, because it's free, it runs on Macs and Windows, and plays almost every format, including H.264 and now H.265. Which is great, because I've just started to exper...

How-To: Calculating Outbound Bandwidth Requirements for Live Events

Live event production is great, but if you can't get the signal out of the building and to your streaming server, you're dead in the water. I wrote a How To article for Streaming Media Magazine on this topic. Here are the first few paragraphs: Outbou...

Audio Cleanup with iZotope RX 3 (compared to Adobe Audition)

Audio problems are a fact of life for video producers, and I'm always in the hunt for the best tool possible. After comparing iZotope RX 3 vs. Audition, I concluded that iZotope is better for both pop and click removal and noise reduction. You can se...

Tutorial: How to Composite PowerPoint and Talking Head Video in Telestream Wirecast

Any time you produce a webinar that includes PowerPoint and a talking head video, it’s nice to present both in the same video frame. In this tutorial, I’ll how how you accomplish that in Telestream Wirecast. Click here to view the tutorial on ...

Video Tutorial: Supporting HTML5 with Flash Fallback in Sorenson Squeeze 9

Squeeze 9 is a great tool for creating HTML5 compatible videos with the HTML code necesssary for both HTML5 playback and fallback to Flash. This tutorial explains how. Click here to view the Streaming Media article with an annotated transcript of the...

How to Webcast with YouTube Live

This review of YouTube Live recently appeared on www.streamingmedia.com. It's a good overview of how the system works and my experience with it. I recently produced a webinar on YouTube Live using Telestream Wirecast, and wanted to document the expe...

Onstream Vs. Livestream: Which Is Better for Online Events?

This Streaming Media article explores the difference between live streaming service providers like Livestream and YouTube Live and webcasting services like Onstream and MediaPlatform. Here's the intro. I recently kicked off six streaming-specific web...

Elemental Cloud: Streaming Media's Comprehensive Hands-On Review

This review is up on the Streaming Media website. Let’s save us both a lot of time. If you’re looking for the cheapest cloud encoding service for low-volume production quantities, skip to the next article; Elemental Cloud isn’t for you. On th...

Review: Onstream Media Webcasting Service

This review is up on the Streaming Media website. Here's the introduction. Onstream Media’s webcasting service provides a soup-to-nuts system for broadcasting PowerPoint slides and talking-head video to a computer-based or mobile audience, with i...

Tutorial: Capturing Soundboard Audio for Live Event Video

This tutorial is up on the Streaming Media website. Here's the intro. Connecting your camcorder to an external microphone or soundboard is a critical skill for any event or corporate videographer, though it can be surprisingly challenging, making i...

Free Webinar: Distributing to Desktops and Mobile Devices via HTML5

HTML5 an inexpensive, easy-to-implement technology for distributing video to desktop and mobile viewers, particularly if you incorporate Flash fallback, so older computers without HTML5-compatible browsers can still play the video.  If you'd li...

Premiere Pro CC Visual QuickStart Guide Garners Five 5-Star Reviews

This blog is primarily focused on streaming, but many professional steaming producers also edit, or have someone on their team who edits. For this reason, I wanted to mention that I have written the Adobe Premiere Pro CC Visual QuickStart Guide for P...

Free Webinar: Setting Bitrate Control and Keyframe Parameters

Thursday September 26, 2013; 2:00-2:30 PM EST Who this free seminar is for: No matter which encoding tool you use, or which compression technology, you have two decisions to make; bitrate control method and key frame interval, both of which can dra...

HEVC - When Should You Care?

HEVC is the next-gen compression technology lauded as the enabler for a host of new services and capabilities. I discuss the historical development of HEVC and its technical underpinnings in my article “What Is HEVC (H.265)?” This article focuses...

Fundamentals of H.264 Encoding Webinar-see Replay

Transcript This webinar was held on September 4, 2013. You can click here to register and view the archived event. Learn the basics of H.264 encoding while standing on one leg (well, in 30 minutes, you can assume any position that you'd like). Click ...

Produce Broadcast Quality Events with the TriCaster TC40--Video Tutorial

Over two tutorials, I'll show you how to create a broadcast quality live production with The NewTek TriCaster TC40 TC40 provided by this video's sponsor, Videoguys.com. In the first tutorial I’ll show you how to select and configure the video and i...

Indiana University to use Multiple Screen Delivery as textbook

Got a nice email this morning from Dr. Edgar Huang, an Associate Professor at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Specifically, he informed me that he was adopting Producing Streaming Video...

Archived Webinar; Get Your Video Online now available

On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, the Streaming Learning Center held its first webinar, Get Your Video online, which was sponsored and distributed by Onstream Media. The free, 30-minute seminar is now available for online viewing. Here's the description: W...

New FFmpeg resource (and some old ones)

I'm allergic to command-line encoders like FFmpeg, so the Streaming Learning Center blog has very little to offer folks using this encoder when it comes to techniques and command line arguments. I just learned about a new blog entitled ReneVolution w...

Webcasting Live Events with the Cbox P2 HD

I recently produced a tutorial about Winnov's Cbox P2 HD, which is a great product for corporations, schools and other enterprises that hold frequent live events that combine a speaker, PowerPoint slides and other inputs. The unit can produce the eve...

Streaming Learning Center Launches Streaming Webinar Series

Just a quick note to let you know that the Streaming Learning Center will host six free webinars on encoding and distributing streaming media. The series will start with a very basic webinar designed for totally novice users, and will progress to...

Streaming Training at NAB Scores a Perfect 5 Out of 5

Once you have kids, you can no longer post your own accomplishments on the refrigerator door for the world to see; it's too crowded, and the kids don't really care. So I thought I would post a lovely note I got from the National Association of Broadc...

Comcast Sent Me a Video - It was My Invoice!

I recently signed up for Comcast broadband and just got my first invoice-in the form of a custom video. Pretty cool idea given that broadband users run the gamut from tech-savvy to technology laggards, and the bill lays the charges out in a very clea...

Excellent Android Best Practices Article on Encoding.com

Encoding.com just published a best practices article entitled, The Current State of Android and Video, A Full Overview & Best Practices of Android Video. The article first outlines the issues relating to encoding for Android delivery, and then di...

Excellent Overview on DASH in Streaming Media Magazine

There have been a lot of quick hit articles both praising and bashing DASH, but few scholarly articles that take a deep look at the technology, its promise and limited progress to date. In a new article up on the Streaming Media website, entitled MPE...

DASH Standard Solidifies (Ho-Hum)

I've long been a DASH skeptic, for multiple reasons, including the fact that the standard was so broad so as to be almost unusable. That is, since DASH supports multiple codecs and container formats, there's no mechanism to ensure compatibility. So, ...

Jan Ozer to Instruct Poynter Webinar on Multiple Screen Delivery

I'll be teaching a webinar for the Poynter News University on Thurday, July 18 at 2:00 PM EST. The title is How to Make Video Play Across Multiple Screens, and that describes the content. The course is entry level by design, so won't get bogged down ...

Adobe Premiere Pro CC Visual QuickStart Guide now Shipping

During the first few months of 2013, I had to privilege to write the Adobe Premiere Pro CC Visual QuickStart Guide (VQS) with Shawn Lam, who penned three of the fifteen chapters. I've always liked the VQS format, which features quick hit, detailed an...

Multiple Screen Delivery book in iBookstore for $19.99

Just a quick note to let you know that Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery is now available in the iBookstore for $19.99, a savings of $20 over the paper book version. Ever since I saw iBooks Author, I've wanted to convert a book o...

New Review of Multiple Screen Delivery - "This is a Wonderful Book"

Doug Dixon is an independent technology consultant, contributing editor to Interent Video Magazine, and contributor to Conde Nast Traveler Magazine who makes his work available on his Manifest Technology website. He's written multiple technologically...

DVD vs. Online Training Delivery -- Online is Cheaper

Continuing education vendor Suncam charged $50 for DVDs, and offered the same video for free via streaming. Which cost more? The DVDs, even after the $50. SunCam is a Florida company and consulting client that provides continuing education courses an...

Microsoft Releases Smooth Streaming Plugin for Flash

This is a bit old news (March 2013), but I was doing some research for an article on Windows Azure Media Services, and noticed that Microsoft released the Smooth Streaming Plugin for OSMF 2.0 (Adobe's Open Source Media Framework for adding features t...

What's Happening with Flash, DASH and HLS

Which technology will you use in 2015 to reach multiple screens, DASH or HLS? While DASH gets the most attention, HLS is my front-runner, and Flash will still dominate desktops. Flash has been one of the foundational technologies for streaming media...

How Creative Cloud Pricing compares to Purchase Options

I just finished a Creative Cloud FAQ for OnlineVideo.net. As you may know, Adobe has stopped selling new versions of former Creative Suite software components and will make them available only via the Creative Cloud, which you pay for monthly. You ca...

Beet.TV Interview on HEVC from Streaming Media East

I hosted a panel on HEVC at Streaming Media East in Manhattan on May 21, 2013. Just after the session ended, Beet.tv's Andy Plesser asked me what Akamai, Rovi and Elemental had revealed during the discussion, and how the cloudy royalty picture may sl...

First Amazon Review for Multiscreen Delivery Book - 5 Stars!

Portland Community College multimedia instructor Seth Bloombaum likes Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Stream Delivery so much that he's using it in an upcoming course scheduled for this fall. He also took the time to write a 5-star review on A...

When Will the HEVC Royalty Picture Clear Up: Apparently No Time Soon

Motivated by their perception of being short-changed in H.264 royalty revenues, HEVC/H.265 intellectual property (IP) owners seem to be in no hurry to formulate a cohesive and rational royalty policy, delaying the very royalties that they covet.  I...

Google Starts Pushing VP9; Caution Advised

As you probably know, Googles VP9 is the successor to VP8 in WebM and a competitive technology to HEVC/H.265. I reported here that patent claims from Nokia present a red flag to potential adapters, but Google keeps pressing ahead, and lots of potenti...

VP9 Takes One Step Forward and One Big Step Back

VP9 is the successor to VP8, the video codec that Google open sourced and included in WebM. It's also the only major competitor to H.265/HEVC. In a series of blog posts last week, Google detailed the final release schedule for VP9 and a few other im...

Ozer Book tapped for GMU Engineering Course

Ken Santucci, a professor at George Mason University's Volgenau School of Engineering, teaches Concepts of Multimedia Processing and Transmission, a class so popular, that it has a waiting list each semester. When choosing a textbook for the class,...

The Adobe Creative Suite is Dead

OK, a bit melodramatic, but today at Adobe Max, the company's annual creativity conference, Adobe announced that they were killing the suite to sell the Creative Cloud product which is only available via a periodic license. The primary benefit to the...

How I spent the First Half of 2013

Streaming Learning Center has been quiet for the last few months. Primarily, that relates to getting two large projects done, and making two presentations. The two projects were two books, Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery, an...

Ozer releases new book, Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery

Just a quick note to let you know that my new book, Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery, is now available on Amazon. You can also read more about it and download a detailed table of contents by clicking here.  The book is a 432 pa...

Portland Community College's Multimedia Program Switches to Adobe Creative Suite

There's been a lot of back and forth about how Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) has been accepted in the marketplace. Before its introduction, though Adobe had been making headway against Final Cut Pro 7 (FCP7), it's fair to say that FCP7 had greater mindshare...

Is it just me, or is there nothing more stupid in the world than Linked-in Endorsements?

Is it just me, or is there nothing more stupid in the world than Linked-in Endorsements?I got another this morning, from one of the hundreds of LinkIn connections who I only tangentially know, and who I have never produced work for in the field tha...

HTML5-Compatible Market Share Tops 68%

HTML5 video is all the rage, but if your viewer's browser isn't HTML5-compatible, the video won't play unless you fallback to Flash or similar technology. I'm working on a new book and wanted to determine the percentage of desktop browsers that are H...

How streaming is more efficient than progressive download

I created this short video to illustrate how streaming is more efficient than delivering via progressive download. For illustrating the efficiencies of streaming, I used a file streamed via RTMP, but you can get the same benefit via chunk-based HTTP ...

Tutorial: Removing Video Noise with the Neat Video Plug-in

In this tutorial, I demonstrate how you can use the Neat Video plug-in to remove noise from video, improving output quality for all outputs. ...

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6 Review at OnlineVideo.net

I review the key features of the update and conclude: So where does this release leave Final Cut Pro X in the great panoply of professional editors? When first released, FCPX had serious deficits that simply prevented many producers from using the pr...

Article on Closed Captioning at Streaming Media Magazine

Here's the intro: Though relatively few websites are required to provide closed captions for their videos, any website with significant video content should consider captioning. Not only does it provide access for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers,...

Jan Ozer Interview at Streaming Media West

OK, so this is definitely a homer interview, but content is content right. Some night where you're having trouble falling asleep, check out this video which reviews the highlights and key takeaways of Streaming Media West 2012. Topics include live s...

Video Tutorial: Maximizing Brightness and Contrast in Premiere Pro CS6

In this tutorial you'll learn how to maximize the brightness and contrast of your video in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 using the Brightness, Contrast, and Gamma Correction controls for effective and balanced adjustments. Click here to read an artic...

Video Tutorial: Maximizing Brightness in FCPX

The histogram and the waveform in Apple Final Cut Pro X are effective, easy-to-master tools that provide the clear input you need to diagnose and fix the contrast issues in your video simply and intelligently. In this video tutorial, you'll learn...

Let's meet in London!

I'll be attending and teaching several workshops and seminars at Streaming Media Europe in London during the week of October 15-17th. If you're interested in attending, you can get a 10% discount by clicking here and entering priority code SME10 for ...

Three Premiere Pro Tips-A Video Tutorial

This video tutorial illustrates three tips that will enhance your workflow and get you out of some editing jams in your Adobe Premiere Pro projects: editing audio without unlinking; Fill Left and Fill Right to create stereo audio; and creating nest...

YouTube uses FFMPEG for encoding

I guess for many producers, the title is akin to "there is no Santa Claus," or "the Republican Party's top priority is reducing taxes for the one-percenters who fund their PACs;" obvious facts, and just not news. On the other hand, for many other pro...

What's wrong with this picture? (Mixing color temperatures)

When you're a streaming producer, you can't help but watch other streaming videos with a critical eye. Here's one from Michael Katz of Blue Penguin Development, who teaches professional service providers how to position themselves as “likeable expe...

Transferring a Compressor Setting from Mac to Mac

If you work with Compressor long enough, you'll have to learn to transfer a compression setting from one computer to another. In this short post, I'll describe how. This is the second iteration of this blog post; the first time I showed the hard way,...

Livestream Broadcaster Review up on StreamingMedia.com

Here's how it begins. Livestream Broadcaster is an exceptionally easy to configure and use live encoder that produced very good quality over a range of relevant bandwidths. The only significant negatives are that the unit doesn't work with the olde...

Short Video Shot with Livestream Broadcaster

Livestream was kind enough to supply a review copy of their Livestream Broadcaster box, which I worked with today. The review will appear in Streaming Media Magazine; this short snippet will give you an idea of the quality that the unit produces and ...

Tutorial on Adobe Media Encoder CS6

Adobe Media Encoder CS6 has both interface and performance improvements. See them all in this tutorial from OnlineVideo.net. ...

QuickBook-Related Woes Continue

I normally don’t use this blog to share experiences unrelated to compression, but my recent experience with QuickBooks, which is ongoing, was too poor not to share. I was happily using QuickBook’s 2009, which did everything that I need, when I wa...

Another 5 Star Review for Video Compression For Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5

Another five star review for my book, Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5, from Matt Castrinos, a sales engineer with ViewCast, who manufactures capture cards and encoding devices for producing streaming video. I met Matt this month ...

Watch my Keynote Address at Sonic Foundry's UNLEASH 2012

OK, so it was the second day keynote, but a keynote nonetheless. Here's the description: The mobile craze, fueled by tablets and smart phones, has implications for how we produce and distribute video and rich media content. And the reality of the n...

Two Years In: Are We Really Better Off Without Flash on Our iPads?

Love it, hate it, however you look at it, two years after its initial introduction, iPad owners still don't get the same experience as Flash-based desktops. So Bubba Watson was in a playoff at the Masters with Louis Oosthuizen. Fate conspired again...

Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5 Released for Kindle

If you've been waiting to pick up my book Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5 until it's available in digital format, wait no more. The book is available for Kindle and you can find it here for $19.99, a savings of about $10.00 over ...

Another great book review

Let me re-iterate that if you are delivering a live event, or videos online, then this book is a must - plain and simple. Another very positive 5-star review of my book, Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5, from Andy Stevenson. After...

Warning: Watch Before Preparing Your PowerPoint

I'm preparing for multiple presentations over the next couple of weeks, and was Googling to find data on the effectiveness of learning aids in viewer retention and comprehension. Came across this video that every presenter should see while preparing ...

HP Updates Workhorse Z Workstation Line

HP's Z workstations are widely used in video production and streaming encoding, and the dual CPU Z800 is a personal favorite. HP just announced updated versions of top 3 systems in the Z line, all capable of using the latest eight-core Intel CPUs. He...

Quickie Review of Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5

So, here I am at 3:38 on a Sunday AM, suffering from tummy rumbling insomnia fueled by massive chocolate over-indulgence at a dinner party last night (hey, I'm human). For some reason I thought vanity surfing would put me to sleep, but ended up findi...

Choosing an Online Video Platform? Here's Your Buyer's Guide

My buyer's guide on online video platforms (OVPs) is up on StreamingMedia.com. Online video platforms (OVPs) encode, publish, and monitor on-demand and live video content. If your publishing needs are straightforward, any OVP will do, and price will ...

Choosing a Live Streaming Service? We Can Help

Two big resources on the Streaming Media web site. First is the Buyer's Guide to Live Streaming Services, which tells you what to look for when choosing a service provider. The intro there says it all: If you can turn on the webcam on your notebook, ...

Buyer's Guide to Software Encoders up on Streaming Media

Is up on the Streaming Media website. Here's the descriptive intro: There are three categories of software encoding tools: bundled, desktop, and enterprise. In this article, I'll walk you through the general buying considerations within each category...

Market Repositioning of Flash Begins

We've heard much doom and gloom about Flash for the last few months, much of it due to Adobe's clumsy handling of their withdrawal from Android. Now Fabio Sonnati, an insightful and well-connected Flash consultant, is seeing some upside for the Flash...

HP Introduces World’s First 27-inch All-in-One Workstation

HP Introduces World’s First 27-inch All-in-One Workstation Category-defining HP Z1 workstation allows design professionals to unleash their creativity LAS VEGAS, Feb. 14, 2012 – HP today unveiled the world’s first all-in-one workstation with a ...

Web Video Workshops to offer one-day workshop for multiple screen delivery

Most web video producers know that effectively serving video to mobile and other platforms like HTML5 and OTT is increasingly important. However, this is easier said than done. To efficiently deliver to multiple screens, you have to encode your files...

I'm Rosie's Dad (on the power of video)

I'm at a conference in Las Vegas visiting with the HP workstation group. Great folks, nice hotel, fun meetings, Cirque de Soleil tonight. So all the workstation VPs make their sweep of the dining room last night, saying hello, getting some face tim...

Final Cut Pro X (10.0.3) gets Multicam

Check out my review in OnlineMedia.net, where I found FCPX's multicam feature "fabulous" and concluded: Looking at the bigger picture, Apple deserves credit for delivering on a promise and doing a largely good job of it. Functionally, Final Cut Pro...

Creating presentation videos with slides and video? Check out Presto!

I recently reviewed Singular Software's Presto for OnlineVideo.net; you can read the review here. As the lead states: Capturing and producing presentation videos typically involves multiple options, all of them bad. For example, you can frame wide an...

FFmpeg Encoding Resources at Sonnati Blog

One of the brightest stars in the encoding universe is Fabio Sonnati, who blogs at Flash Video Technology and Optimizations. I was researching H.264 encoding parameters and revisited his site, noting that his presentation from Adobe MAX2011 entitled ...

Cool Flash Widget at the Economist (How far behind is Mitt Romney?)

Sometimes I get so caught up in Flash video that I forget that Flash does many other things, from serving as the environment for the WeVideo editor to enabling sites like the Economist to present interactive data relating to the upcoming presidential...

HP EliteBook 8760w: A Notebook for Demanding Video Producers

Few things in life are more fun than playing with the latest, greatest notebook computer. For the last few months, I've had the pleasure of working with HP's EliteBook 8760w, which is the most powerful notebook I've ever tested. It's a highly potent ...

Interested in online video editing? Check out my review of WeVideo

Here's the introduction. The referenced video on YouTube details the 28 hours I spent in Manhattan with my girlies last September, including our visit to the Empire State Building, Times Square and the Today Show, plus a clip of my daughter subway su...

MPEG Ratifies Draft Standard for DASH

DASH stands for Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP, and it's MPEG spec that was unanimously ratified on December 2, 2011. What is DASH? As I open in my article What is MPEG DASH for Streaming Media Magazine: MPEG DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming ov...

ESPN Chooses Elemental for On-Demand Streaming

I don't spend a lot of time in the big-iron encoding space, but I was pleasantly surprised a few weeks ago when I saw Elemental Technologies, who sells GPU-based hardware encoders, written about in BusinessWeek. So when the company approached Streami...

Apple to Adobe & Microsoft: With friends like you, who needs enemies?

In the desktop/mobile streaming marketplace, most producers provide two sets of streams; HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) for Apple iOS devices and Android devices and either Flash or Silverlight for the desktop. A number of content and technology companies...

Living on the Flash/HTML5 Roller Coaster

Wow, what a roller coaster. Just last week, Adobe announced their decision to stop developing the Flash Player for mobile devices, a decision that looks predestined in retrospect. Faced with the expense of supporting a diverse and growing range of An...

Two New Reviews for Video Compression for Flash (Both 5 Star!)

Two new Amazon reviews for my book, Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5, both 5 star, though the UK review was kind of ... mixed, shall we say. In the States, John Talbert was pretty positive, stating "This book is very technical and...

Best Explanation of Adobe Withdrawing Flash from Mobile Markets

My colleague Tim Siglin wrote an insightful analysis of Adobe's decision to cease development of the mobile Flash Player that you can read here. To his credit, Siglin actually predicted that Adobe might withdraw Flash from mobile markets in his Augus...

Ozer Interview on Adobe Withdrawing Flash from Mobile Market

As discussed here, Adobe is withdrawing Flash from the mobile market. Here's a video interview that Larry Kless shot of me at Streaming Media West in LA. ...

Adobe to Discontinue Flash for Mobile

In a surprise move, Adobe has announced that they will stop the future development of Flash on mobile platforms. Here's a quote from their official blog post. "HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. T...

Best Product Video Ever from Intel

Doing some research for an upcoming presentation and stumbled upon this i5 advertisment from Intel. It's one of the coolest videos that I've ever seen, weaving through real-life and cyberspace at a frantic pace. With over 2.7 million YouTube views, I...

Enough About HTML5 Video Already!

My latest column at Streaming Media Magazine. Here's the teaser: HTML5 video appeals to "tree-hugging, sandal-wearing standards lovers," says Jan Ozer, and he's sick of hearing about it. Here's the lead: I was speaking recently with a new consulting ...

New Review Calls Ozer Book a Home Run

Or, to be precise, the reviewer, Sundiata Cowels, say that I "hit the ball out of the park" (which won't fit in a headline). Here's the opening paragraph: The passing of Hurricane Irene (and the resultant power loss for five days) gave me ample time ...

Introduction to Live Streaming Webinar Now Available Online

It's free, of course. Here's the description from the event: Live event streaming is one of those value-added functions that looks harder than it actually is. As such, event streaming represents a great opportunity to add a high profit-margin, ea...

Lessons from Summer Vacation and Emptying the Dishwasher

I don't expect folks to come to this blog for career advice, but some lessons learned watching two of my kids avoid chores over their summer break fostered some thoughts worth sharing. I don't know about your kids, but when it comes to mine and chore...

Free Webinar - Introduction to Live Event Streaming

Tuesday, October 4, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST I know it's late, but if you're free, check out this seminar that I'm producing with the MCA-I. Here's the description: This seminar will introduce attendees to live event streaming. It will start by discussing...

Free Videos: Overview of the Adobe Media Encoder Workflow

I just released a 3 hour workshop entitled Producing Great Video with the Adobe Media Encoder CS 5.5. It was produced by Video2Brain, and you can view course details here. I produced three short videos to answer questions you may have about the works...

Ozer Book Selected as Compression Textbook by Portland Community College

Just a quick note that Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5 has been adapted for Seth Bloombaum's streaming course at Portland (Oregon) Community College. (MM236 in the Multimedia Program.) In his note to me letting me know, Seth...

Power to the Patent Trolls

In April 2011, the Department of Justice began investigating the MPEG Licensing Association (MPEG LA) to learn whether or not the group is unfairly trying to damage Google's competitive prospects with the WebM video format. But maybe MPEG LA would be...

Potential Patent Claims Mount Against Google's WebM

In a story for Streaming Media Magazine, I asked patent licensing authority MPEG-LA whether any claims had emerged against the VP8 video codec used Google's WebM. As you recall, MPEG-LA announced a call for patents "essential" to VP8 in March 2011. A...

Epub Version of Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5 now UNavailable

UPDATE I just got this notice from Lulu. Upon closer inspection of your work, our Quality Review specialists found that your book does not meet the eBook Retail Distribution Guidelines. REASON: Your ebook has been rejected for formatting issues. ...

Secure streaming, digital watermarking and Content ID

It's frustrating when you get an email from a reader that you don't know the answer to. Here's one from an overseas streamer who is releasing very topical videos on their site, and despite using RTMPE+ token authorization, suffered massive piracy. He...

FCPX vs. Premiere Pro CS5.5 for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors

Though Final Cut Pro X is billed as an upgrade, it's really a totally new program in most respects. New interface to learn, new plug-ins, new project files, no looking back for Apple. So if you're a Final Cut Pro 7 editor, you have to choose a new ed...

MediaPlatform WebCaster Rich Media Conferencing Systems

I reviewed MediaPlatform's WebCaster product for Streaming Media Magazine and loved it. Here's the intro; check out the full review here. Webcasts are a great tool for acquiring and retaining customers. They’re also great for training and communic...

Converting DVD-based content for Adaptive Streaming

Just finished a four-part series on converting DVD-based content for H.264-based adaptive streaming, and you can read all four parts on OnlineVideo.net. Technical issues that I covered included: The best technique for ripping the video from the DVDs ...

Creating Queue Points in HTML5 and Ogg Theora

There’s been lots of sizzle around HTML5, but to my mind, very little steak. Last week I chatted with a developer from the Annenberg Space for Photography, who has created a pretty beefy site that works in Flash and may soon work in HTML5. I guess ...

Free H.264 Encoders Plus Apple Compressor 4

I compare four H.264 encoders in this article on OnlineVideo.net. Here's the gripping introduction: OK, so you’re cheap and in a hurry and you just want the answer to a single question, “What’s the best free H.264 encoder?” Well, you’re in...

48 kHz Audio Can Cause Loss of Synch with Flash Playback

Most camcorders capture audio at 48 kHz, so there's a natural tendency to produce your streaming files at that sample rate. There's just one problem; it can cause loss of audio/video synch during playback on the Flash Player. Andy Stevenson of the Un...

A Final Cutter tries Premiere Pro

Creative Cow just published a thorough and thoughtful story about switching from Final Cut Pro to Premiere Pro, written by Helmut Kobler, and entitled A Final Cutter Tries Out Premiere Pro. Kobler starts by noting that he had been considering moving ...

Apple Final Cut Pro X Reviewed: Not Ready for Professionals

OnlineVideo.net published my review of Apple's Final Cut Pro X here. At about 3500 words, it's one of the longest reviews I've written in awhile, with 16 screen shots. My conclusion? While not fully rendered, my project is done, and this review almo...

Final Cut Pro X - Killed by the Suite

By now you've probably heard that Final Cut Pro X lacks many features that professionals need, including the ability to load Final Cut Pro 7 projects, multicam support, plug-in support, OML or EDL support and tape output. Judging from the noise on bl...

Adobe's Vision for Professional Video

I thought I would share a video that Adobe just posted on their vision for professional video. The speaker is VP Jim Guerard, a thoughtful, impressive guy that I've met several times. Here are some of the statistics Jim discussed (which I cribbed fro...

Flash Rocks on Android Handsets

I have to say that Google's support for Flash on the Android platform always seemed like a case of strange bedfellows to me. After all, Google is the company that paid over $100 million for On2 just to open source the VP8 codec (as WebM), reviving th...

Reviews for Video Compression for Adobe Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5

Some early reviews for my new book, Video Compression for Adobe Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5, have been published, and I wanted to share them here. One of the first was from Douglas Dixon (http://www.manifest-tech.com/blog) which he published both ...

Trim without Reencoding with MPEG Streamclip

Here's a video I produced for OnlineVideo.net that shows how a free tool called MPEG Streamclip, which runs on both the Mac and Windows platforms, can trim and perform other edits and save the result without re-encoding your file. It can be incredibl...

The Essential Key to Producing High Quality Streaming Video

I like making money as much as the next guy, but the last three or four consulting clients all shared a problem so basic that I was almost embarrassed to take their money. Specifically, they came to me concerned about poor video quality, and the ...

Jan Ozer interview about Video Compression for Adobe Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5

I chatted with Peter Cervieri of Scribe Media at Streaming Media East in New York City last month. Peter was kind enough to ask about my new book, Video Compression for Adobe Flash, Apple iDevices and HTML5, which I describe in this excerpt. S...

Webinar on Webcasting is Up (and looks great!)

On Tuesday (5/24), as part of an upcoming review of Sonic Foundry's Mediasite rich media communications program, I participated in a webinar from Madison Wisconsin. Here's the description: Sonic Foundry is proud to host live streaming expert Jan Ozer...

HTTP Live Streaming Gains Momentum

HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) is an adaptive streaming technology created by Apple for streaming to iDevices, and submitted by the company to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for more general use. Over the last two months, both Google and A...

Webinar, Encoding Best Practices for the Enterprise, archive is up

On Tuesday, March 29, I held a webinar entitled, Encoding Best Practices for the Enterprise. The attendees learned: - How their streaming files compared to prominent Media, B2C and B2B sites. This segment presented the results of a survey of the...

Office 2003 Syndrome and Final Cut Pro Next

I usually stay pretty current on software, at least in the editing space, because I review most of the NLEs, and get review copies from the vendors. On the other hand, if I need software that’s mission critical to my day to day working life, or...

Jan Ozer to Host Encoding Webinar on Tuesday, March 29th

Jan Ozer will host a 30-minute webinar on Tuesday, March 29th, at 2:00 PM EST entitled Encoding Best Practices for the Enterprise. In this session, you'll learn:- How your streaming files compare to prominent Media, B2C and B2B sites. This segment...

Annual Choosing a Streaming Encoding Tool Story up on SMC

Every year I review streaming encoding programs for StreamingMedia.com. This year's issue is up, here's the lead. The ideal streaming encoding tool should provide great quality, blazing performance, a discrete set of critical encoding parameters, an...

Less than 1% of Websites Fully HTML5 Compatible

Pretty catchy headline, eh? Well, I wrote it because I’m tired of seeing headlines like this one in CNET - “Mefeedia: HTML5-compatible video is on the rise.” Kind of makes you think that websites are adapting HTML5 en mass, doesn’t it? Well, ...

Innovations in Live Event Streaming

If you produce live events, there are two relatively recent innovations you should know about. The first relates to supporting multiple playback formats, like Flash, Apple iOS devices, Silverlight and others. In the past, to support multiple outp...

Choosing a UGC Site to host your videos

I use UGC site Vimeo to host the videos on StreamingLearningCenter.com, because it's inexpensive and does a great job with my screencam-based tutorials and my videos play on computers and Apple devices. Using a UGC site to host the videos on your sit...

Learn how to create stories in DVD Studio Pro

I know it's a bit far afield for many streaming-oriented readers, but if you're a DVD Studio Pro producer, and don't know what stories are, or why or how to use them, you may want to check out this pair of articles on Digital Content Producer. Workin...

Adobe ships Flash Player 10.2 - Way more efficient than WebM

Adobe shipped Flash Player 10.2 earlier this month, and I ran some tests for StreamingMedia.com. Depending upon the browser and platform, it delivers some pretty substantial performance gains, and makes Flash even faster than WebM.  Here's an exampl...

Live Streaming from a Notebook

If you're interested in portable event streaming from a notebook, check out this article that just posted on StreamingMedia.com. Here's the enticing intro. "Live event streaming on a notebook can be the best of all worlds, with several programs avai...

Flash does NOT over-consume power on Android handsets

Colleague Tim Siglin released an extensive white paper today that assessed the affect of the Adobe Flash Player on the battery life of six Android powered devices and found that: Flash Player 10.1 , in our initial tests, has negligible battery drain ...

Squeeze 7 Now Available, Details at StreamingMedia.com

I've been working with Sorenson Squeeze 7 for awhile now, and wanted to share my thoughts and experiences today, the day the software is officially released. If you have Squeeze 6.5 or earlier, the big question is whether you should upgrade or not,...

How to Encode To WebM

This is an excerpt from an article I wrote for StreamingMedia. Even if you don't believe all the hype about HTML5, sooner or later, you'll need to start encoding some video to WebM format. Maybe for internal experimentation, for a pay-per-view or ...

Google Removes H.264 Codec From Chrome

This is an excerpt from my commentary, "Welcome to the Two-Codec World," which you can read at StreamingMedia.com. Back when Google closed on the On2 acquisition, I wrote a blog post entitled Google Closes On2 Acquisition - Better check your Wallet....

New article on Producing for Adaptive Streaming at StreamingMedia.com

An article that I wrote on producing for adaptive streaming just posted at StreamingMedia.com. The article focuses on nitty gritty encoding details, like data rates, key frame intervals and the like. To write the article, I spoke with multiple produ...

Vimeo and YouTube Enable iPad-compatible HTML5 Embedding

I use Vimeo to host all the videos that I have on this site. Originally, Vimeo used only a Flash-comptible player that wouldn't play on iDevices. Here's an example of that player, which will appear on your computer, but not your iPad or iPhone. N...

SLC Completes Successful Year of Streaming Consulting

US Government Contracts and Streaming Media Conferences Dominate the Lineup During 2010, the Streaming Learning Center produced ten separate training experiences in the US and abroad, showcasing the organization's ability to produce custom trai...

SLC Instructs on Streaming at NASA's Glenn Research Center

December 3, 2010 - Title pretty much says it all, along with the picture on the left - just there in the back you can see a hanger with the Glenn Research Center sign. The actual client was not NASA - it was Wyle Information Systems, who performs vid...

Adobe Revs Premiere Pro CS5 - Notebook Editors Rejoice!

This one is short and sweet - here's the email I just got from Adobe. If you have a notebook computer, or either of the newly supported graphics cards, check it out. Adobe released an update to Premiere Pro CS5, version 5.0.3, which extends the pow...

A Quick Shout Out to the Apple Genius Bar

So there I was, the start of a four day training gig at a major government facility in the midwest. It's a big job, with sessions on Final Cut Pro, Compressor, H.264, streaming media, the whole works. Day 1 setting up, the attendees are in the room, ...

Neat Video Filter Reduces Noise for Higher Quality Compression

Two weeks ago, I was in Los Angeles at Streaming Media West. Sorenson Media was introducing a new product, Squeeze Server, and had volunteered to bring a camera and camera operator so that I could interview several Sorenson executives, and their p...

Seminar on HTML5 and Web Video Standards

At StreamingMedia Europe this year I hosted a seminar on HTML5 and web standards. I was the skeptic moderator, and on my panel were four users or HTML5 related service providers. Here's the description, and the video of the session is included below....

Pixel Aspect Ratio - When 720x480 = 853x480

I recently taught a couple of seminars in Los Angeles at StreamingMedia West. You can find links to the presentations at the link in the previous sentance. I just got an email from a student asking: At Streaming Media West you introduced the session ...

Fear and Loathing at StreamingMedia West

Here at StreamingMedia West in Los Angeles this year (November, 2010) - same crowd, different location. I taught one seminar on H.264 Production for Streaming and Progressive Download, you can download the PDF here. You can find a few items of intere...

Adobe Announces HTML5 Player Widget

Here's a copy of the release that you can find here. HTML5 has received a tremendous amount of buzz, much of it driven by the potential for plugin-free video. However, the limited browser support for the HTML5 <video> tag has forced web desi...

Column on Distributing HD Videos over the Internet at EventDV.net

Here's how it starts. So there I was, struggling for an idea for a column, and editor Stephen Nathans-Kelly mentioned that there was growing interest in distributing HD event-based videos to clients over the internet. Fortunately, this dovetailed ...

Producing H.264 with Episode 6 and Squeeze 6.5

Article just posted at Digital Content Producer. I got an early look at Telestream's completely new Episode 6, with a hot new interface, and improved H.264 quality and performance. I also looked at Squeeze 6.5, which didn't really update any H.264-re...

Adobe Ships FMS 4 (HTML5 Falls Even Further Behind)

Today, Adobe announced the immediate availability of Flash Media Server 4. My buddy Tim Siglin did a wonderful job reviewing the new features in this article at StreamingMedia.com, or you can read the press release here.  Here's a partial list of ne...

MPEG-LA Announces No royalties on Free Internet Videos - Ever

This is a story I've been following for awhile. By way of background, MPEG-LA represents the H.264 patent holders and is charged with administering all licenses and collecting all royalties, which are paid by companies who build H.264 encoders, pl...

Interesting Newsletter on Video White Papers

I haven't followed the video white paper market at all, but according to a newsletter from Accela Communications, usage is booming. Here's a blurb. "The rate of adoption for video white papers is definitely increasing, as evidenced in this collecti...

VP8 vs. H.264 - Quality, Encoding time, Playback CPU

StreamingMedia just published my H.264 vs. VP8 comparison - the first to consider both encoding speed (VP8 is slow, but not that slow) and CPU playback (VP8 takes lots more than H.264 on some platforms, but there's a big glimmer of hope). Check ...

Which MPEG-2 Compressor Plug-in is Best?

I'm writing a story for Digital Content Producer on producing MPEG-2 video from HD source in Final Cut Pro/Compressor. Which plug-ins are best? - I'm trying to get Cinema Craft in, but they're not responding to my emails. - I've got a trial version o...

VP6 Encoding Parameters of the Technology Laggards

OK, being somewhat of a jerk here with the headline, but I've been pretty public in my thoughts that it's time to transition from VP6 to H.264. Still, if you're not ready for that move, perhaps you might want to rethink your current VP6 encoding para...

H.264 Encoding Parameters of the Rich and Famous

Whenever I speak in public about streaming production, I try to back up my recommendations with file parameters gathered from prominent media and corporate sites. Here are some file statistics gathered for a series of sessions that I taught this spri...

Why Flash Still Plays "Critical Role" for YouTube

From my general perspective, HTML5 has been lots of smoke with very little fire, in part because it's not yet a complete spec that meets the needs of large scale video publisher. Though Google/YouTube has been an avid HTML5 proponent, a recent blog p...

SLC Helps Navy with Streaming Encoding

June - 2010 - OK, it was just one department of the Navy – the Carderock Division in West Bethesda, Maryland. According to their web site, “Carderock Division is the principal Navy resource, national focal point and international leader in surfac...

SLC Completes Streaming Related Training at the NIH

June 23, 2010 – Just back from a day and 1/2 of streaming related training at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The Agency was transitioning from a Real Networks-based system over to Flash, and wanted a general introduction t...

Google Open Sources VP8 Codec

As expected, Google open sourced the VP8 codec today at their IO conference in San Francisco. You can read my overview article for StreamingMedia.com here, or check out www.webmproject.org, a site that details the announcement. Briefly, as you may re...

Wi-Fi on US Air Flights -

OK, I have a presentation to finalize for at StreamingMedia East, but my US Air flight bound for LaGuardia offered a free trial of inflight Wi-Fi (via Gogo, a service of Aircell), so how could I resist (particularly with the Players Championship comi...

Create an iPad-Compatible Video Site in 30 Seconds or Less

iPad compatibility has been top of mind for the last couple of months or so, and like all web producers, I'd like the ability to deliver video to the million plus iPads that have sold in the first few weeks since launch. Well here's how in thirty sec...

Microsoft Sends Ogg Down for the Count; What's Mozilla to Do?

In a recent blog post, Microsoft stated "We think H.264 is an excellent format. In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video only."  Though Mozilla currently enjoys (by far) the largest HTML5-compatible installed base of any brows...

Time to Switch from VP6 to H.264

Got an email today from a colleague today that triggered the headline thought (time to switch from VP6 to H.264). His rationale was that now that MPEG-LA has extended the royalty-free period for free H.264 Internet video, it was time to change over t...

New Apple API Enables Flash GPU Acceleration on the Mac

One of the most divisive technology issues in recent times has been Flash performance on the Mac.  Apple fanatics claimed that Flash was buggy, unsecure and a CPU Hog, and Adobe acolytes claimed that performance suffered from Apple's refusal to allo...

Streaming Production Training at the Richmond Federal Reserve

April - 2010 - I (Jan Ozer) just finished a one day training program at the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond. The course curriculum focused on streaming production, and was an extended version of the training that I gave in New York in March. Here's ...

Inlet's new Live Ad Insertion for the iPad/iPhone

At NAB, Inlet Technologies introduced live, automated advertising insertion to the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, Flash-based desktops and several other platforms. It's an interesting technology for any content owner seeking to monetize their videos to mult...

Encoding for the Apple iPad, Part I

I spent the last five days learning how to best encode video for playback on the iPad, and during the day (when my kids didn't claims exclusive use of the device), actually uploaded and played the videos. Based on this rsearch, I've created a two par...

Excellent, Objective Summary of HTML5 vs. Flash in the Economist

I don't agree with all the conclusions, but the Economist's Tech View presents an excellent, objective summary of Apple's true motivations in the Flash vs. HTML5 wars, and the potential results of Google open-sourcing VP8. Great comments, too, amazin...

Review of Premiere Pro CS5

I reviewed Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 for Eventdv.net in a review you can find here. What did I find? Here's a snippet. So what’s the overall verdict on Adobe Production Premium CS5? If you have the computing horsepower, the Mercury Engine and CUDA a...

Webinar: What You Need to Know About Premiere Pro CS5

            I'm presenting a free webinar entitled "What You Need To Know About Adobe Premiere Pro CS5" for NewMediaWebinars.com on May 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM PST to 11:30AM PST. The webinar is designed for anyone considering upgrading to or buy...

Encoding for the iPad

Much of the early buzz about the iPad centered around DVD or higher quality video, and certainly with the ability to play 720p video, the iPad can handle lots of high bandwidth, high quality streams. But what about if you're encoding video to send vi...

HTML5, the iPad, and What You Need to Know by Jan Ozer

HTML5 is the next generation markup language that contains a "video tag" that enables browsers to play videos without plug-ins like Flash, Silverlight or QuickTime. HTML5 has recently surfaced as a hot item because Apple shipped the iPad without F...

Encoding for Adaptive Streaming - an Overview

I've been researching how to encode video for adaptive bitrate streaming, specifically the encoding parameters for the different files streamed in the process. Here's what I found for Adobe's Dynamic Streaming, Apple's HTTP Live Streaming and Microso...

Seawell and the future of Scalable Video Coding

I’ve been tracking Scalable Video Coding (SVC) for the last year or so and there’s been little tangible evidence of adoption. Recently Toronto-based Seawell Networks came out of stealth mode, but only barely, announcing that they are in the H....

Ogg, MPEG-LA and Submarine Patents

A few weeks ago, I published an interview with MPEG LA CEO Larry Horn on the patent group's decision not to charge for free content encoded with H.264. Then I got a note back from a reader who stated: I'm disappointed. The interview seemed to be pr...

If you're encoding in QuickTime/Compressor, you gotta checkout x264

So, I was doing some consulting work for a client who's currently encoding with the x264 codec. Part of the work involved benchmarking their current quality against other encoding tools I have around the office, so I downloaded the x264 QuickTime Cod...

Another Ogg to H.264 comparison

I recently posted an H.264 vs. Ogg comparison, which you can see here. http://www.streaminglearningcenter.com/articles/ogg-vs-h264---round-one.html I got lots of good feedback and am in the process of reworking my tests, primarily (I hope) to use a m...

Google Closes On2 acquision - Better check your wallet

Late last week, Google closed the On2 acquisition that they started in 2009, and now owns the VP4 - VP8 video codecs. At the time, there was much debate about Google's intent, now most analysts assume that Google bought On2 to open source the codec a...

Reclaim disc space from Premiere Pro

I do a lot of production work and testing on my HP Z800 workstation. Though it's got a 250 GB C:\ drive, with a 1 TB video drive where I store all projects and associated video, I started getting messages that I was running out of space on my C:\ dri...

HTML5, Flash, H.264 and Ogg Theora

Ever since the iPad announcement, the inter-relationships between HTML5, Flash, H.264 and Ogg Theora have been intriguing me, so I spent last week trying to figure it all out. The result is The Future of Web Video, Part 1; HTML5? Someday. Ogg? Probab...

H.264 Main or High Profile? Use High says Ben Waggonner

Interesting line of questions on the Advanced Streaming List recently. One producer shared that he was encoding using the following parameters: 768kbps512x288H.264 Main Profile Level 3.1 Microsoft's Ben Waggoner, author of Compression for Great Vide...

An essential gizmo for Mac video producers

This is not an earthshaking post, but I thought I would share it anyway. I've never been a fan of Apple's decision to use FireWire 800 adapters on their most recent lines of computers since it meant that I couldn't connect my camcorders to them with...

What's the right keyframe interval?

Interesting post came from the StreamingMedia Advanced list today: Question:  Anyone have any advise on key frame placement in h264 flash? I felt like I should know the answer to this, so I pulled together the following: Answer: Interesting question...

H.264 Licensing and the X.264 codec

Ever since MPEG-LA announced their policy of not charging royalties for H.264 video distributed free over the Internet, I've been getting a bunch of emails, so I thought I would share them. I'm not inviting more emails on this topic, by they way, unl...

Streaming Production and Flash Delivery Workshop in Manhattan on March 23, 2010

Lisa Larson-Kelly and Jan Ozer will be hosting the Streaming Production and Flash Delivery Workshop on March 23, 2010, at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The workshop will feature two tracks, Streaming Production and Flash Deliv...

Vimeo, YouTube or Both?

A continuing series of questions from an 'Net acquaintance on whether to post on YouTube or Vimeo.  Question: Incidentally, I heard that Vimeo encoded 720p at higher bitrates than YouTube (or that it had more bandwidth to serve it, or both... can't ...

Optimizing upload quality to YouTube

Got a question from an acquaintance on the best strategy for uploading files to YouTube, and I thought it might have broader interest, so here's the Q & A. Question: I was wondering, since YouTube doesn't appear to be using B-Frames in its encod...

YouTube's new HD format

Last Friday, I produced a concert for old time band Allegheny Blue to test out the NewTek TriCaster TCXD300.  I uploaded a 720p file to YouTube to present to the band, and when I went to view the file, I noticed that the Google subsidiary had subtl...

Windows 7 performance for Premiere Pro and Vegas

If you're a Premiere Pro or Vegas editor, and you're thinking about purchasing a new system with Windows 7, or upgrading to the new Microsoft OS on a current system, you might want to check out an article that I wrote for Millimeter/Digital Content P...

Time to switch from VP6 to H.264? Yes, but .. mind the royalties

Got this question today via email: Found your article in Streaming Media (http://www.streamingmedia.com/article.asp?id=10969) particularly useful, and wondered if you had any updates on .flv vs H.264 penetration and usage.  We're considering going 1...

Need article sources - iPhone streaming and OVPs

I'm pulling together some streaming-related articles and need some user input.  Specifically, I need:- HTTP Live Streaming to iPhone case studies - companies who have started streaming to iPhones, why, how and how it has worked out. Prefer act...

Uploading SD video to YouTube - exploring the options

My article The Moving Picture: Decoding YouTube Upload Options just posted on www.eventdv.net. It explores the options available when uploading original SD video to YouTube, detailing my conclusions after uploading six files ranging in...

Interesting video on viewing analytics

The type and amount of statistics and analytics provided by an OVP is a critical selection criteria. Veeple is an OVP that features clickable hotspots in the video. Here's a short (under 3 minutes) video of Veeple's viewing analytics that I found use...

Shooting for streaming - top 5 tips

Just because you have a fancy 3CCD camcorder doesn't mean you know how to shoot for streaming, but this article in AV Technology will help you get started. I hope you find it useful. ...

Tips on ScreenCam Production

Just got off the phone with Jay Simons from Atlassian, an Australian software company specializing in collaboration and development tool like Jira, Confluence and FishEye. Atlassian uses screencam videos to illustrate new features and quick training ...

If you're creating any customer testimonials, you need to know about this

Talk about something that totally blindsides you - the FTC has apparently decided to start policing customer testimonials and the like. Here's a snippet from the FTC website. Under the revised Guides, advertisements that feature a consumer and c...

Upload Videos To Multiple Video Sharing Sites

So, you’ve got some videos made and you want to get them out there as fast and efficiently as possible. That means you probably want some tools to upload them to multiple video sites automatically right? Right! Here’s some of the c...

Reflections from StreamingMedia West

Just back from StreamingMedia West, it was a great, high energy show. I just posted a lengthy article on my reflections from the show on the main site, here. ...

The skinny on Apple's HTTP Live Streaming

Digital Content Producer just published an article that I wrote explaining the basics of Apple's HTTP Live Streaming to the iPhone/iTouch platform, both how the technology works and your implementation options. I think that stream...

How to demo to the press

Long day of demos at Streaming Media West. All very interesting, some suboptimal from the standpoint of effectiveness, so while I'm waiting for the Tiramisu I had after dinner to function like organic Ambien, I thought that I would write down some ti...

Fun, Fun, Fun at StreamingMedia West

At StreamingMedia West in San Jose where I debuted my new blonde 'do to the adoring (OK, skeptical) crowd. That's Tim Siglin on the left, Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen on the right and blondie in the middle. I started the show with a session entitled Pro...