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It takes a lot to make your video look good and stream efficiently. You have to know how to configure your streaming media, which compression parameters to use, how to implement them in your encoding program and the optimum editing/encoding workflow for maximizing quality. Errors in any of these areas (or others) can degrade quality or otherwise produce suboptimal video.

This complexity makes diagnosing and fixing compression-related issues a veritable time sink. You can perform exhaustive testing yourself, ask questions on forums, or scour manuals, tutorials, FAQs and blogs, or just contact Jan Ozer.

I spent many dozens of hours and very long nights not only in researching streaming info on the web, but also in doing lots of testing of various encoding options. I can thoroughly recommend that anyone interested in making their videos stream well, to shortcut the whole research and trial-and-error process and just go straight to Jan Ozer for advice. Michael 'MC' Carter, Founder & Director, Practice Paradox - http://practiceparadox.com.au/

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Send an email to jozer@mindspring.com detailing your questions or technical issues.

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We contacted Jan, and in less than an hour, he had diagnosed the problem, shown us comparative data rates used by streaming sites like ours and recommended new encoding settings. We implemented his recommendations and now video is streaming smoothly to virtually all of our customers.  Don, CNE tv (http://www.cneworld.tv/live/).

Which topics?

We can't help resolve technical support issues like crashing or other failures. Otherwise, Jan is knowledgeable in the following practice areas (click links to view articles or presentations on the respective subjects).

Codecs - H.264, WebM, VP6

Choosing encoding parameters (and other compression fundamentals) 

Encoding tools - Apple Compressor, Adobe Media Encoder, Sorenson Squeeze, Telestream Episode

Producing for Devices and HTML5

Producing for Flash Distribution

Editors and compression work flows - Adobe Premiere Export, Apple Final Cut Pro Export, Apple Compressor

Producing live events

Producing for compression

Choosing an Online Video Platform (OVP)

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Help with Producing H.264

Producing Video for the iPad

Video tutorial: Understanding the critical H.264 encoding options

H.264 for the Newbie

H.264 Main or High Profile? Use High says Ben Waggonner

Video tutorial: Understanding the critical H.264 encoding options                   

Interview on WebM and HTML5 at StreamingMedia West

Encoding H.264 Video for Streaming and Progressive Download - Presentation

H.264 Presentations from Streaming Media Europe

Producing H.264 with Episode 6 and Squeeze 6.5

x264Encoder vs the Apple Codec

MPEG-LA Announces No royalties on Free Internet Videos - Ever

WebM vs. H.264: A First Look

Seawell and the future of Scalable Video Coding

Producing H.264 Video

H.264 Encoding Parameters of the Rich and Famous

Producing H.264 files for Flash distribution with Telestream Episode Pro

Video tutorial: producing H.264 video for Flash Distribution with Apple Compressor

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

Video tutorial: producing H.264 video for Flash Distribution with Sorenson Squeeze

Video tutorial: Producing H.264 video for Flash distribution with the Adobe Media Encoder

Producing H.264 Video for Flash: An Overview

Squeeze 5.1's H.264 Encoding Quality Dramatically Improved

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Help With WebM Encoding

How to Encode To WebM

VP8/WebM - A Collection of Resources

WebM vs. H.264 Bakeoff - Presentation and Handout

Interview on WebM and HTML5 at StreamingMedia West

WebM vs. H.264: A First Look

WebM Encoding Tools: Five Popular Encoders Compared

Google Open Sources VP8 Codec

VP8 vs. H.264 - Quality, Encoding time, Playback CPU

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Help with Producing VP6

Producing VP6 Video – What You Need to Know

Details of ESPN's new higher resolution VP6 files

VP6 Encoding Parameters of the Technology Laggards

Codec Comparison: VP6, H.264, and Windows Media - StreamingMediaEast - 2008           

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

Sorenson Squeeze 6 and VP6 Encoding

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Help With Choosing Encoding Parameters and other Compression Basics

Delivering HD Videos Online

Streaming 101: The Basics - Codecs, Bandwidth, Data Rate and Resolution

Streaming 102: Codecs, plus VBR and CBR, and I, B an P Frames

Streaming 103: Choosing Your Streaming Configuration Parameters

Download free streaming media primer here

Choosing your streaming resolution and data rate

How to post videos to your web site - a primer for non-techies

Webasting for the Masses

Encoding for Adaptive Streaming - an Overview

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Help With Apple Compressor and Final Cut Studio

Video tutorial: producing H.264 video for Flash Distribution with Apple Compressor

Apple Compressor - New Encoding Features

If you're encoding in QuickTime/Compressor, you gotta checkout x264

Accelerating Encoding on Multiple Core Workstations

Some things I've done on Final Cut Studio 3

Final Cut Pro 7:First Look Review

x264Encoder vs the Apple Codec

Creating Flash-Compatible MOV files with Compressor

Encoding for the iPod

Snow Leopard for Video Producers

The skinny on Apple's HTTP Live Streaming

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Help with Adobe Media Encoder and Adobe Creative Suite

Video tutorial: Producing H.264 video for Flash distribution with the Adobe Media Encoder

Adobe CS4 at 64

Nonlinear Video Editors for Streaming Production

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5: A review

Adobe Provides Adaptive Streaming Presets for Adobe Media Encoder

The Moving Picture: Apple Final Cut Studio vs. Adobe CS5 Production Premium

Choosing a Premiere Pro Preset; HD Vs. SD

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Help with Sorenson Squeeze

Video tutorial: producing H.264 video for Flash Distribution with Sorenson Squeeze

How to Encode To WebM

WebM Encoding Tools: Five Popular Encoders Compared

Sorenson Squeeze 6 and VP6 Encoding

Sorenson Squeeze 6 quality analysis up on Digital Content Producer website

Squeeze update: Opening multiple instances on the Mac

Choosing your Streaming Encoding Tool

Sorenson Squeeze 6

Squeeze 5.1's H.264 Encoding Quality Dramatically Improved

Sorenson Boosts Squeeze 5.1's Deinterlacing Quality

Sorenson Squeeze 5

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Help with Telestream Episode

Producing H.264 files for Flash distribution with Telestream Episode Pro

How to Encode To WebM

Choosing your Streaming Encoding Tool

WebM Encoding Tools: Five Popular Encoders Compared

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Producing for Flash Distribution

Encoding for Adaptive Streaming - an Overview

Producing H.264 Video for Flash: An Overview

Video tutorial: producing H.264 video for Flash Distribution with Apple Compressor

Producing H.264 files for Flash distribution with Telestream Episode Pro

Creating Flash-Compatible MOV files with Compressor

Time to Switch from VP6 to H.264

Video tutorial: Producing H.264 video for Flash distribution with the Adobe Media Encoder

Flash Player: CPU Hog or Hot Tamale? It Depends

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Producing for Devices and HTML5

Create an iPad-Compatible Video Site in 30 Seconds or Less

Producing Video for the iPad

Encoding for the Apple iPad, Part I

Posting Videos that Play on an iPad

Vimeo and YouTube Enable iPad-compatible HTML5 Embedding

HTML5, Flash, H.264 and Ogg Theora

Excellent, Objective Summary of HTML5 vs. Flash in the Economist

New Survey Report about the Apple iPad and HTML5

Interview on WebM and HTML5 at StreamingMedia West

Encoding for the iPod

Mistakes to Avoid When Producing Podcasts for iTunes

The Moving Picture: A Tale of Three iPads

The Moving Picture: Here Comes HTML5—Should We Care? 

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Editors and compression work flows - Adobe Creative Suite

Nonlinear Video Editors for Streaming Production

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5: A review

Reclaim disc space from Premiere Pro

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Editors and compression work flows - Apple Final Cut Pro

Apple Mac Pro - How Much Memory is Enough?

Final Cut Pro 7 details and Screencam

Color and Brightness Correction in Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro 7:First Look Review

Which MPEG-2 Compressor Plug-in is Best?

Neat Video Filter Reduces Noise for Higher Quality Compression

Some things I've done on Final Cut Studio 3

Apple Compressor - New Encoding Features

The myth of the QuickTime reference movie

Apple Compressor 3.5 Screencam

Nonlinear Video Editors for Streaming Production

Snow Leopard for Video Producers

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Producing live events

Encoding for Adaptive Streaming - an Overview

Review: Telestream Wirecast

Webasting for the Masses

The skinny on Apple's HTTP Live Streaming

Review: Kulabyte XStream Live 2.1

Review: ViewCast Niagara 2120 Live Encoding Appliance

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Producing for compression

Shooting for Streaming - HD or SD?

Shooting for Streaming - Progressive or Interlaced?

Setting up Flat and Three-point Lighting

Shooting for Streaming - the Basics

Shooting for Streaming: Designing Your Set and Dressing Your Talent

Review: The Lowel DV Creator 44 Light Kit

Lighting for Streaming

In the Field: JVC GY-HM700U

Shooting with the Canon ESO 7D

Beyond HDV: Using AVCHD with Panasonic's AG-HSC1U

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Choosing an Online Video Platform (OVP)

Choosing an Online Video Platform

New Online Video Platform Comparison Service

The Moving Picture: So You Want to Deliver Your HD Videos Online...

Create an iPad-Compatible Video Site in 30 Seconds or Less

How to post videos to your web site - a primer for non-techies

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