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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...

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...

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...

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

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

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...

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...

The Future of HEVC: It's Coming, but with Plenty of Questions

Everyone agrees that HEVC is the codec of the future, but an unclear royalty picture and a paucity of compatible devices means widespread adoption is a long way off.

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...

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...

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...