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

Office 2003 Syndrome and Final Cut Pro Next

I usually stay pretty current on software, at least in the editing space, because I review most of the NLEs, and get review copies from the vendors. On the other hand, if I need software that’s mission critical to my day to day working life, or...

The Moving Picture: How Powerful a Notebook Do You Need for On-Location Editing and Streaming?

I shoot a lot of live events and have been streaming more and more of them live, streaming the events from one of my Core2Duo-based notebooks-a Hewlett-Packard 8741w and a MacBook Pro. I've used Telestream Wirecast for most events, but all have been single-stream, relatively low-resolution broadcasts, like 480x360 or smaller.

I'm starting to get requests for bigger-screen webcasts, and for multiple-bitrate adaptive streams to optimally serve a broad spectrum of viewers connecting from 3G to 50GB FiOS. Of course, everyone wants to send video to iOS devices these days, so that's typically next on the wish list.

What is a Codec?

Codecs are the oxygen of the streaming media market; no codecs, no streaming media. From shooting video to editing to encoding our streaming media files for delivery, codecs are involved every step of the way. Many video producers also touch the DVD-ROM and Blu-ray markets, as well as broadcast, and codecs play a role there as well. 

Though you probably know what a codec is, do you really know codecs? Certainly not as well as you will after reading this article. First we’ll cover the basics regarding how codecs work, then we’ll examine the different roles performed by various codecs. Next we’ll examine how H.264 became the most widely used video codec today, and finish with a quick discussion of audio codecs.

Video - Two Free Video Analysis Tools; MediaInfo and Bitrate Viewer

There are two tools that I have on every computer that will run them; MediaInfo on all my Mac and Windows workstations, and Bitrate Viewer, which is Windows only and is installed on every Windows computer that I own. The first provides file-based information like data rate, resolution, codec, bits per pixel and encoding details like Profile and Level for H.264. The second shows a frame graph of the video file so I can diagnose problems like mid-stream interruptions.

In this video file, you'll learn why you need these programs and where to get them. Click over to the article to watch the tutorial.

Creating a Flash Player in Adobe Flash Catalyst

Adobe Flash Catalyst is my "go-to" tool for creating and uploading simple Flash Players to the web, and if you own Adobe CS5, you already have the tool. Click over to the article to view a short tutorial on how simple it is to create Flash Players with Adobe Flash Catalyst.

Jan Ozer to Host Encoding Webinar on Tuesday, March 29th

Jan Ozer will host a 30-minute webinar on Tuesday, March 29th, at 2:00 PM EST entitled Encoding Best Practices for the Enterprise. In this session, you'll learn:- How your streaming files compare to prominent Media, B2C and B2B sites. This segment...

Annual Choosing a Streaming Encoding Tool Story up on SMC

Every year I review streaming encoding programs for StreamingMedia.com. This year's issue is up, here's the lead. The ideal streaming encoding tool should provide great quality, blazing performance, a discrete set of critical encoding parameters, an...

Review: ViewCast Niagara 2120 Live Encoder

ViewCast's Niagara 2120 is a multiple stream, live H.264 encoding appliance that produced very good quality compared to software-based solutions like Telestream's Wirecast. The sub-5 pound unit is very portable, and can be configured in the home office for one-touch use in the field, and you can log-on remotely to resolve any issues experienced by your on-location streaming crew. With a competitive price of $3,995, the Niagara 2120 should be on the short list of any company or service bureau producing high volumes of on-location live H.264 webcasts.

What is HTML5?

An explanation of HTML5 and HTML5 Video, including history, patent issues, and current use by Apple, Microsoft, Google, Adobe, and others.

Choosing a Streaming Encoding Tool

The ideal streaming encoding tool should provide great quality, blazing performance, a discrete set of critical encoding parameters, and a range of other time-saving automation and input/output options. We all know the names—Adobe Media Encoder, Compressor, Squeeze, Episode (in its many flavors), and Expression Encoder—so how do they stack up against this ideal? Glad you asked, because that’s what we’re going to explore.