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

The Moving Picture: The Max Factor

So there I was, testing the single CPU, six-core HP Z400, trying to figure out the cost/benefits of the system versus the dual-CPU, 12-core HP Z800. When I started testing Adobe Production Premium CS5, the Z400 proved faster in every test. While I love these man-bites-dog stories, you don’t run them without lots of testing, and ultimately, the situation got sorted out. In the process, I learned something about CS5 that might save you some rendering time down the road, which I’ll share herein. I’ll also quickly detail when it makes sense to consider a dual-CPU system for CS5, and when a single CPU will do just as well.

Review: Microsoft Expression Encoder 4

Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 offers the ability to inexpensively adaptively distribute to Apple iDevices, and does so admirably.

A Quick Shout Out to the Apple Genius Bar

So there I was, the start of a four day training gig at a major government facility in the midwest. It's a big job, with sessions on Final Cut Pro, Compressor, H.264, streaming media, the whole works. Day 1 setting up, the attendees are in the room, ...

Interview on WebM and HTML5 at StreamingMedia West

ScribeMedia.org produced a number of video interviews at StreamingMedia West, including an interview with StreamingLearning Center's founding visionary, Jan Ozer (sorry, couldn't resist, writing in the third party is so freeing). As the title suggests, host Peter Cervieri and I discuss WebM, HTML5 and several other issues. Click over to the main article to see the video.

Don't Preview Encoded files in QuickTime Pro on Windows

I recently was producing some files for a client in Sorenson Squeeze, and saw some funky differences in exposure and contrast when previewing my work in QuickTime Player and other players. Click over to the main article to see a video that details what I saw.

Removing Echo from Audio with Adobe Audition

So, there I was, shooting a video for a Peer Review for StreamingMedia.com. If you're not familiar with these videos, it's where I critique videos presented by different web sites. While I simply don't have the production facilities to match the quality of some of the sites that I comment on, I do try to maximize the quality of my audio and video.

I was trying out a new microphone with the video segment, saw that levels were good, but didn't otherway pay attention to the quality. Then I got to editing the video (after putting away the lights, and storing all the audio gear, of course) and noticed a pretty severe echo in the audio. To learn how I fixed the problem, click over to the main article.


Neat Video Filter Reduces Noise for Higher Quality Compression

Two weeks ago, I was in Los Angeles at Streaming Media West. Sorenson Media was introducing a new product, Squeeze Server, and had volunteered to bring a camera and camera operator so that I could interview several Sorenson executives, and their p...

Seminar on HTML5 and Web Video Standards

At StreamingMedia Europe this year I hosted a seminar on HTML5 and web standards. I was the skeptic moderator, and on my panel were four users or HTML5 related service providers. Here's the description, and the video of the session is included below....

Pixel Aspect Ratio - When 720x480 = 853x480

I recently taught a couple of seminars in Los Angeles at StreamingMedia West. You can find links to the presentations at the link in the previous sentance. I just got an email from a student asking: At Streaming Media West you introduced the session ...

What Makes a Workstation a Workstation - My visit to HP

hp logo.pngHP invited a bunch of journalists, myself included, out to visit their facility in Fort Collins, CO, the headquarters for workstation design, support and marketing. Beyond the desire to meet and greet friends old and new, I had one goal – to learn what makes a computer a workstation.

If you click over the the main story, you'll see that I learned a whole lot more.