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In Defense of MPEG LA

Recent bad press received by MPEG LA seems to disprove the old adage that all PR is good PR. A few weeks ago, writing for Fox News, Steve Forbes said:

One example is MPEG LA—a patent pooling entity and owner of the MPEG-2 standard commonly found in televisions, gaming consoles, and personal computers—who does not adjust their licensing fees and locks in licensors to contract terms far longer than the life of the patents despite holding predominantly expired patents.

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In Defense of MPEG LA

MPEG LA is the licensing authority that manages the patent portfolios for MPEG-2 and H.264 patent groups. The organization has received some bad press lately from Steve Forbes, writing in Fox News, and Howard Williams, writing for TelecomTV. The com...

H.264 for the Newbie

A comment on one of my posts inspired this collection of H.264 resources for the Newbie. If you're new to H.264, the articles and tutorials listed are a great way to quickly get up to speed.

Reflections on H.264 and Silverlight from a week at Stanford

All’s been quiet on the Streaming Learning Center front as I spent the last week teaching several courses on streaming media production and encoding at the lovely Stanford Campus at Palo Alto. Other than a quick sneak peak at the new Final Cut Studio, which you can read about here, it was pretty much full immersion into the streaming world from a user’s perspective. This led to several conclusions about the future of streaming video and Microsoft Silverlight that I thought I would share.

H.264 Scalable Video Coding - what you need to know

Over the next two or three years, streaming producers will be increasingly tasked supplying optimized video streams to devices as disparate as cell phones and set top boxes, along with different quality versions for users accessing the content over the general Internet. While there have been multiple proprietary approaches to this problem, including Microsoft’s multiple bit rate video, one very strong candidate will be an H.264 extension called Scalable Video Coding.

The Moving Picture: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About H.264 but Were Afraid to Ask

I recently taught an H.264-specific class at Streaming Media East in New York. Though the class was 3 hours long, I can distill a bunch of useful knowledge into this column if you don't mind missing the sample videos and example screens, not to mention the insightful and surprisingly compelling lecture. Click over to the  article for the complete skinny.


H.264 Royalties: what you need to know

Whenever I speak at industry groups about H.264, and detail the upcoming royalty obligation, some attendees are invariably surprised that using H.264 will generate royalties. Here's what you need to know about H.264 and royalties, in an except from an article that I wrote for StreamingMedia.com.

[Breaking news - On February 3, 2010, MPEG-LA announced a continuation of free pricing for free Internet distribution of H.264 video. Read the release here, and an interview with Larry Horn, MPEG-LA CEO, here.]

So You Want to Get to Know H.264?

I produced a short corporate seminar in May, and the client asked for a list of H.264-related references. If these references are worthwhile for them, perhaps they might be worthwhile for you, so here they are.

YouTube does 720P HD using H.264

Here's an overview of YouTube's new HD H.264-based offering, and a deep look at the encoding parameters YouTube uses. If you're producing H.264 video, or post videos to YouTube, you should have a look.

Which codec is hardest to play back; VC-1, H.264 or VP6?

One of the lingering rumors about H.264 is that you need a beast of a computer to play it back. Is this a reality or part of an insidious Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt campaign inspired by H.264 detractors and competitors. Well, read the article and find out!