Jan Ozer

 

Jan has worked in digital video since 1990, and is the author of over 20 books related to video technolgy, including Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery and the Premiere Pro CC: Visual QuickStart Guide. Jan currently writes for Streaming Media Magazine and Streaming Media Producer, and consults widely on streaming media-related topics.

Content Posted by Jan Ozer

Transition from Flash to HTML5

Download the handout from this excellent session, with contributions from Jeff Tapper (Digital Primates), John Luther (JW Player), and Mike Callahan (Elemental). 

Transitioning from Flash to HTML5 is a complicated matter involving a change in player and encoding format and, for some, even new DRM, captioning, and advertising insertion technologies. Learn the current status of the Media Source Extensions and Encrypted Media Extensions. Get advice on your options and strategies for existing encoded content libraries and how to plan and implement the transition. A representative from Elemental Technologies describes the MPEG-DASH standard, details how to encode for MPEGDASH, and discusses alternatives for adopting or converting existing content libraries. A representative from JW Player also covers development options for creating a MSE/EME compatible player, including open source and OTS options like JW Player, and presents case studies for successful Flash to MSE/EME transitions.

Encoding 2015: Codecs and Packaging for PCs, Mobile and OTT/STB/Smart TVs - Handout

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As video resolutions increase and target playback platforms multiply, video producers must leave their H.264/HLS/HDS comfort zone and expand into HEVC, VP9, and MPEG-DASH. This workshop is divided into multiple segments by target platform to teach you the applicable standards and best strategies for delivering live and VOD adaptive video to viewers on that platform, both with and without DRM. Along the way, you learn options for producing H.264, HEVC, and VP9; the status of standards such as the Media Source Extensions (MSE) and Encrypted Media Extensions (EME); and how and when to utilize them. Attendees walk away knowing the technical requirements for delivering to all key platforms the best practices for making it happen.

Jan Ozer, Principal - Doceo Publishing

HEVC's Journey in 2015: Going Downhill and Gaining Speed

At the start of 2015, the future of HEVC seemed clean and green. There was a single patent pool, and royalties were capped at a reasonable rate. Meanwhile, the open source world was a mess, with multiple codecs from multiple sources, and only a hint of potential cooperation. Ten months later, the situation has totally reversed. HEVC is in disarray, with two patent pools (the second with near-usurious rates and no caps) and the threat of a third, while all open source efforts have consolidated into a single, focused whole. To paraphrase Talking Heads: “Well, how did we get here?” Let’s review.

Guest Blog: Bitmovin Says 80% of Our Streams are DASH

Editor's Note: bitmovin is an Austrian company who built their business around the DASH format, including its cloud encoding service bitcodin (reviewed here), and its bitdash player. After reading the blog post DASH: The Most Popular Format (almost)...

Moscow State Releases First HEVC Comparison

Over the last few years, the Moscow State University Graphics and Media Lab (MSU) has produced the most highly-respected H.264 codec comparisons available. In October, MSU released its first HEVC comparison, which promises to achieve the same significance with the new codec. During the testing, which involved 20 HD video clips encoded to an exhaustive array of configurations, MSU compared eight HEVC codecs, including x265 and two codecs each from Intel and Ittiam, while also assessing how HEVC compared to Google’s VP9 and the winner of most previous H.264 trials, x264. As usual, MSU described its findings in free and pro versions ($850) of a report.

DASH: The Most Popular Format (almost) No One is Using

Okay, so the title is a bit of an eyeball grab, but it is based in fact. In preparing for a session on making the switch from Flash to HTML5 to be held in a couple of weeks at Streaming Media West, JW Player VP John Luther prepared some statistics ab...

Upcoming Sessions at Streaming Media West

Here are all the sessions that I'll be producing or participating in at Streaming Media West in two weeks. I hope to see you there. Monday, November 16, 2015 W1: Encoding 2015: Codecs and Packaging for PCs, Mobile and OTT/STB/Smart TVs 9:00 a.m. - 12...

Think Flash is Dead? Think Again

So here I am preparing for an upcoming session at Streaming Media West entitled Encoding 2015: Codecs and Packaging for PCs, Mobile and OTT/STB/Smart TVs, and I wanted to determine the current market share of MSE and EME capable browsers. I started w...

Delivering a Useful Webinar Without Giving Away the Farm

Another webinar, another few lessons. Probably most important is the hard lesson facing many content developers who want to present a webinar for lead generation, but don't want to give away their critical content during the webinar. It's a pretty to...

Should Your Next Encoder be a Packager?

Just a quick riff on encoding versus packaging. The concept of encoding involves converting a mezzanine file into distributable output like MP4 files, or ABR formats like HLS or DASH. The concept of packaging is taking previously encoded MP4 files an...