Choosing production tools

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...

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 ...

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...

New VLC Player Release Incorporates HEVC and VC9 Playback

Last week, VideoLAN released VLC 2.1.1, which incorporates HEVC and VCP9 playback on many of the multiple platforms supported by the player, which includes Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android, FreeBSD, Solaris, Ubuntu, Mint, and multiple flavors of Linux. I tested HEVC playback on Windows and Mac, which works very well. There’s also an interesting intellectual property-related side of the story which I describe below.


Review: The HP Z1 as a Webcaster's Workstation

HP's Z1 is the first all-in-one computer with workstation components and field serviceability. Here, encoding expert Jan Ozer takes a look at how this workstation-class portable PC fared in a live production and webcast environment, with testing emphasis in 3 areas: rendering, streaming encoding, and live encoding.

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...

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...

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...

A Buyer's Guide to Portable Encoders

Live event streaming while on the road requires an encoder that's as powerful as it is portable. In this Buyer's Guide, I'll detail the categories to consider when buying a portable encoder, along with factors to consider to help identify the best product for your needs. Specially, I'll discuss software encoders, portable hardware encoders, and on-camera encoders, though exclusively for Ethernet or Wi-Fi transmission, as cellular models are covered in another Buyer's Guide.

A Buyer's Guide to Cloud Transcoding

Is 2013 the year of encoding in the cloud? Actually, it might be, at least for live transcoding in the cloud, and even on-demand transcoding should see significant migration to cloud facilities.