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

Why Flash Still Plays "Critical Role" for YouTube

From my general perspective, HTML5 has been lots of smoke with very little fire, in part because it's not yet a complete spec that meets the needs of large scale video publisher. Though Google/YouTube has been an avid HTML5 proponent, a recent blog p...

SLC Helps Navy with Streaming Encoding

June - 2010 - OK, it was just one department of the Navy – the Carderock Division in West Bethesda, Maryland. According to their web site, “Carderock Division is the principal Navy resource, national focal point and international leader in surfac...

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

The launch of Adobe CS5 brings to bear the obvious comparison with Final Cut Studio (FCS). Since life has been far too quiet lately, I decided to tackle this subject, but from the perspective of the totally new user, not the experienced user who would rather fight than switch. In other words, what would you say if a total newbie asked, "Which should I use, FCS 3 or Adobe CS5?"

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SLC Completes Streaming Related Training at the NIH

June 23, 2010 – Just back from a day and 1/2 of streaming related training at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The Agency was transitioning from a Real Networks-based system over to Flash, and wanted a general introduction t...

HP Z800 Workstation With Intel Westmere Dual Six-Core Processor Review

z8w1.jpgIn 2009, Intel launched its Nehalem line of workstations, which started with three models: the low-end Z400, the mid-range Z600, and the high-end Z800; later it was supplemented by the entry-level Z200. I had a look at the Z400, a single CPU quad-core, and the Z800, a dual-processor, quad-core system. Now HP is updating its workstation line to incorporate Intel's new Westmere processor, which uses 32nm manufacturing technology to enable six cores on each CPU. HP sent me one of the first dual-processor six-core Z800 systems off the line, and I had about 2 days to run it through its paces for various digital video-processing tasks. 


My test system shipped with two 3.33GHz X5680 Xeon processors, with 24GB of RAM running the 64-bit version of Windows 7, which I like heaps better than Vista. The graphics card was an NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 with 1.5GB of dedicated memory and access to 3.5GB more system memory. With a 15K 150GB system drive and 1TB video drive, the total system price was a little more than $12,000, though Z800 prices start at $1,799.

Producing Video for the iPad

ipad.jpgIn case you missed it (har, har), Apple shipped the iPad in early April. I think one of the best uses of the new device will be for video playback and photo display. In this column, I’ll discuss how to encode video for the iPad. What’s that you ask? Do I have one? Well, sure, certainly. What do I think? Well, I’ve only had it for a grand total of less than a day, but I’ve already formed some strong impressions. Actually, I have a bunch of them, some not my own.

New Survey Report about the Apple iPad and HTML5

new chart 1.jpgFifty-seven percent of organizations that deliver video online are supporting the iPad, or will be by the end of 2010. That's one of the many compelling findings in a new survey-based report from StreamingMedia.com called Supporting the iPad and HTML5—Timing, Motivation, Costs, and Scope, which provides details the plans of 1,147 survey respondents regarding support for the iPad, the HTML5 video tag, and a variety of mobile devices. The report also provides implementation data like content and monetization plans, development budgets, and feature sets, enabling report buyers to make better-informed decisions about the timing, scope, and costs of their own iPad and HTML5-related implementations. Further, the report breaks down all responses by demographic category: organization type, annual revenue, target market, and size of video library.

 

online are supporting the iPad, or will be by the end of 2010. That's one of the many compelling findings in a new survey-based report from StreamingMedia.com called Supporting the iPad and HTML5—Timing, Motivation, Costs, and Scope, which provides details the plans of 1,147 survey respondents regarding support for the iPad, the HTML5 video tag, and a variety of mobile devices. The report also provides implementation data like content and monetization plans, development budgets, and feature sets, enabling report buyers to make better-informed decisions about the timing, scope, and costs of their own iPad and HTML5-related implementations. Further, the report breaks down all responses by demographic category: organization type, annual revenue, target market, and size of video library.

 

Multicam Editing in Final Cut Pro

Multicam editing is probably the most concrete distinction between consumer and professional productions. In this two-part tutorial, I'll detail the workflow for using Apple Final Cut Pro's multicam editing feature. In this issue I'll focus on covering the shoot and syncing your clips; next time I'll cover choosing camera angles and other multicam editing details.

Critical Issues for Enterprise Streaming Producers

I gave a talk at StreamingMedia East in New York City earlier this month to a group of business executives assembled by California-based webcasting solution provider MediaPlatform. I was told that the execs were interested in "future directions of online video," so I put together a talk entitled "In Your Chair, I'd Be Asking Myself ..." The talk covered three main questions, Is my video competitive?, Am I reaching all my target viewers?, and Am I investing wisely? Click above to read the article.

H264 Production Seminar

Download the PDF handout for the H.264 Production seminar that I taught at StreamingMedia East. Here's the agenda.

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