Distributing your video


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...

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 ...

Webinar: Encoding for iBooks Author

Adding video to an iBook is simple; just drag the clip into your book in iBooks Author. But if iBooks Author “optimizes” the video you inserted, it’s encoding it again and potentially boosting the data rate far beyond what’s necessary for mos...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

In Defense of Blu-ray

nc13_selfie small.jpgI know Blu-ray is supposed to be dead, but that doesn't mean it's no longer useful. With all this focus on web video, we sometimes forget that optical disc formats may be the best way to affordably and safely deliver video to paying customers. If you're shooting in HD, Blu-ray can often times make a huge difference. Click over to the main article to see how Blu-ray quality compares to DVD and the original HD footage.

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...