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SSIMWave SQM Review: Frustrating Video Quality Measurement

I'm big into quality control and objective video measurement, and the latest tool that I've tested, SSIMWaves SQM (link to tool here) , offers a couple of unique elements, including a scoring system that attempts to correspond to actual human subject...

Why I like VQM better than PSNR or SSIM

Objective video quality benchmarks serve a valuable role in evaluating the quality of encoded video. There are multiple algorithms, and multiple tools to measure them. Though the Peak Signal to Noise (PSNR) and Structural Similarity Index (SSIM) have...

Review: Bitcodin, a Cloud Video Encoding Service From Bitmovin

Bitmovin is an Austrian company that supplies both a cloud encoder (bitcodin) and an HTML5 player (Bitdash). It offers an all-in-one service to companies seeking to encode and distribute files via HTML5 to computers and mobile devices. I reviewed the...

Adobe Media Encoder Gets HEVC and VP9

In their latest Creative Cloud reveal, which I wrote about here, Adobe didn't include either HEVC or VP9 in Adobe Media Encoder. It turns out they didn't have to. Vanguard Video and a company called Fnord Software are doing it for them. First, HEVC. ...

How to Encode to HEVC: A Simple Guide for H.265 First Timers

My article, How to Encode to HEVC: A Simple Guide for H.265 First Timers, just appeared on StreamingMedia.com. I did a lot of testing with x.265 and the MainConcept HEVC codecs to understand the quality/encoding time tradeoffs of their various featur...

VideoTLV Deep Dive on Multiple Screen Encoding with Jan Ozer

I'm presenting on multiple screen delivery at the VideoTLV group tonight (February 4, 2015) in Tel Aviv. Click over to the main page to download the handout. 

Big Changes at Sorenson Media

Sorenson Media hired a new CEO, Marcus Liassides, with big plans to change Sorenson from a sleepy encoding company to a media powerhouse. I intervewed Marcus on Google Hangouts, which you can watch below. Or, you can read a summary of the interview o...

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

Click over to the main article to download the presentation handout.

Apple Supports H.265, But So Far Only in FaceTime on an iPhone 6

H.265 is coming to the Android operating system, as well, but it's nowhere to be seen on desktop or notebook computers.

Since I own an iPhone 6, I should have noticed this earlier, but I just learned that Apple is using H.265 in FaceTime on the new models. Note that the unit’s video playback specs don’t mention H.265, so presumably users can’t stream or even play HEVC-encoded video outside of the FaceTime environment. We tried uploading an HEVC stream in the MP4 container format to an iPhone 6, but it wouldn’t load into iTunes.