Streaming fundamentals

Content in this category discusses the basics of streaming video and related technology.

More on Replacing Flash Webinar-Additional Content

As mentioned previously, I'm producing a free webinar entitled Replacing Flash with the Media Source Extensions/Encrypted Media Extensions on March 16, at 1:00 PM EST. It's sponsored by Onstream Media. You can read the description and signup here.  ...

Why Adaptive Streaming is Better than Single Bitrate

Every once in awhile, a slide comes a long that's so brilliant that you just have to share it. So it is with the slide below from Will Law's presentation at the 2013 Velocity Conference entitled Optimizing the Black Box of HTML Video. I've always str...

Choosing a Cloud Encoder

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This session describes what cloud encoding is and how it works for both live and on-demand applications. Learn the types of applications that work well with cloud encoding and the factors to consider when choosing an on-demand and live cloud encoding service. The presentation also includes qualitative and performance results from recent reviews of some of today’s leading cloud based encoding platforms, including Amazon,, Elemental Cloud, and Zencoder.

Webinar: Leverage Existing Video End Points and Infrastructure with Webcasting

I'll be moderating a webinar for Talkpoint on how companies can leverage their existing infrastructures with webcasting. The date is August 19th, 2014 at 11:00am EST, and speakers will include Adam Bell, Global Digital Marketing, from Mastercard, and...

Producing and Distributing HEVC

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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

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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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Adobe Media Encoder Online Course a "Life Saver"

  My Udemy course entitled, Mastering the Adobe Media Encoder CC, just got its first review, a five-star rating. Reviewer Jill Hoven commented: "The BEST Tutorial on Adobe Media Encoder!! Jan Ozer is already my go-to expert on everything streaming ...

Video Interview: Is Elemental Technologies Turning Into a Software Company

Elemental Technologies has done a great job selling encoding appliances, becoming a force in the high volume H.264 transcoding market over the last few years. So when I saw that Elemental Technologies had released a white paper entitled, Software-Def...

Panasonic UHD Set Doesn't Play House of Cards (and Other Issues)

Anytime a new codec is released, there are inevitable compatibility issues. Panasonic got bit first when one of their models proved incompatible with Netflix, with no fix available, now or ever. Beyond simple codec incompatibilities, there are severa...

Understanding Adaptive Streaming in Three Short Videos

I got a email question yesterday that went like this: Please forgive me if this question sounds obvious but when I encode a master clip for different streaming outputs (using AME C6) I end up with a different file for each separate outlet. A file ...