- Streaming Stat of the Week
- Streaming production
- Preprocessing your video
- Encoding your video
- Choosing production tools
- Distributing your video
- Peer review
- Video tutorials
"From delivery strategy to the finest detail of an encoded video, Jan was instrumental in allowing us to offer the best videos possible for our supervisory leadership training. Not only are we able to provide a superior product because of his help, we are also able to deliver to any device. As technology and standards continue to evolve, it is comforting knowing Business Training Experts can turn to Jan for guidance and concrete advice."
Scott Ulberg, Founder and Managing Partner, Business Training Experts
"In just a couple of hours, Jan helped clarify the best alternatives for encoding and delivering our videos, and then helped us complete one set of H.264 parameters for distributing via Flash, to iDevices and via HTML5. Working with Jan turned out to be an incredibly efficient way to finalize our video strategy."
Matt Johnson, co-founder Thislife.com
"Our video quality was good, but customers were complaining that it didn't play smoothly on their computers. We couldn't tell if it was a bandwidth issue or other problem.
We contacted Jan, and in less than an hour, he had diagnosed the problem (data rate too high), 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.
Overall, Jan was knowledgeable, efficient and highly affordable."
Don Kymaa - Kymaa Productions
Imagine That Productions
"The technology is changing so fast in our field - I can't imagine going into a new project without having access to Jan as a consultant. He is the most up to date person in the field I know. And just as importantly he has such vast field experience with the latest software and hardware I'm most likely to use - he always ends up saving me money on productions on his gear and software recommendations."
Thanks in no small part to Jan’s assistance, our online courses generate a tremendous amount of positive feedback from CPA clients, Jill Hoven, Director of Communications
"For more than 20 years, Vern Hoven has been one of the country’s leading tax instructors for CPA continuing professional education (CPE). By embracing and utilizing streaming video, Vern Hoven Tax Seminars provides CPAs with high-quality CPE experiences that, together with the vital tax information actually presented through the streaming video, ensure that our CPA clients will remain the trusted advisor their clients expect.
We hire Jan Ozer each year to assess the overall video quality of the courses and then offer the best settings for rendering and encoding the video content for web distribution. By looking into both the video editing settings (we currently use Sony Vegas Pro) and the encoder settings (we currently use Sorenson Squeeze), Jan provides us with the ability to render and encode the highest-quality video content for our online products.
He always goes above and beyond my expectations; for example, last year he sent five screencam tutorials for assessing various video quality issues, such as brightness and contrast, along with the requested rendering and encoding settings. He also taught me how to use Sony’s Sound Forge Audio Studio software when I needed to enhance the overall sound quality for the Flash-encoded video content. Thanks in no small part to Jan’s assistance, our online courses generate a tremendous amount of positive feedback from CPA clients.
The value of Jan’s services is off the charts, 10 simply isn’t high enough!"
Jill Hoven, Director of Communications
Jan offered our encoding team a huge jumpstart … and sav[ed]us countless hours trying variations of futile experiments. Bruce Tambling, Co-Director
We deliver online classes in Music Technology, and we hired Jan to consult on best tools, techniques and workflows to compress videos for our Music Tech Online Education website. We feel it is also very helpful that Jan is experienced with video production, directing and editing, not just operating encoding software.
Jan helped create presets in various encoding software. Jan offered our encoding team a huge jumpstart by suggesting exactly what settings to start with, what software to use and what settings to experiment with. He also has a good sense on what parameters will NOT make any significant improvements - thus saving us countless hours trying variations of futile experiments.
On a scale from 1-10, I would rate Jan’s services a 10. Even though his rates are high, we feel he is well worth it. Another compression “expert” consultant charged us ½ the price but was nowhere close to Jan’s level of knowledge and experience.
Furthermore, Jan is very aware and sensitive about having budgets approved so there are no misunderstandings. He never ran up exorbitant invoices. Rather, he was very efficient and very fair in the billing for services rendered."
Bruce Tambling, Co-Director
Name available upon request
Jan’s recommendations sharply increased the quality of our iPhone app encodes especially, and increased the quality of all of our encodes, Executive Producer.
"We are a video news site that publishes video news segments to the web, an iPhone application, iTunes, social media sites like YouTube and Facebook, and an Intel Atom application for Netbooks.
We hired Jan to take a close, close look at our encodes and improve their quality. They had been designed by people more familiar with Rhozet than our current Compressor inside of Final Cut Server workflow, and needed an update. We also wanted to know where our encodes stood in comparison to what other sites were doing.
Jan analyzed each step in our workflow- and worked with our online producer to get our camera and Final Cut Pro settings and figure that in to analysis. Jan looked at competitive encoding tools and provided examples of each to illustrate their strengths and weaknesses and what would work best for our product. He also looked at what other sites were doing so we could see where we fit in the market.
He gave us a detailed report for each encode showing what we had been doing vs. what he recommended we do, and explaining why each was better. I found it very helpful. He also got encode presets to us very quickly so that we could test them out and see them in motion in our workflow.
Jan’s recommendations sharply increased the quality of our iPhone app encodes especially, and increased the quality of all of our encodes."