Encoding your video


Two Five Star Reviews for My Adobe Media Encoder Course

Earlier this year, I released a Udemy course on the Adobe Media Encoder. Over the last couple of months, the course received a couple of five star reviews that I thought I would share. Here they are. From Evan Roberts: Jan does a great service by pro...

Handout for Multiscreen Delivery Workshop

Here is the presentation handout for my Encoding for Multiscreen Delivery: H.264, Protocols and Devices, workshop today at Streaming Media West. Here's the description.

Learn how to create a set of video files that will play on all devices, from smartphones to computers and OTT devices. The workshop starts by exploring key concepts like protocol and container formats and technologies like HTTP Live streaming, DASH, and dynamic streaming. Then it moves to a technical overview of the H.264 specification to identify those configuration parameters that impact quality and those that don't, and how they affect playback compatibility. Then we'll review the technical requirements for single and multiple file delivery to Flash, HTML5, iOS, Android, Windows Phones, Windows 8, and the Apple TV, Roku, and other OTT devices. You'll walk way knowing the technical requirements for delivering to all key platforms and an understanding how to do so

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Adobe Drops Flash for HTML5

OK, I'll be honest, the headline is strictly for grabbing eyeballs. Still, on several videos that I checked, Adobe is using HTML5 for delivery, rather than Flash, going as far as to encode in VP8 for Firefox playback (rather than falling back to Flas...

Another 5-Star Review for Video Compression Book

I just got another 5-star review for compression book Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery, this one from Joshua Horowitz who commented, "I wish they offered a class based on this book in undergrad." Well, here's the whole review. ...

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...

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...

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...

Producing and Distributing HEVC

Here's the description; click over the main page to download the handout and access the sample files.

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

Encoding for Multiple Screen Delivery

Here's the session description.

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

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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...