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

HTML5, Flash, H.264 and Ogg Theora

Ever since the iPad announcement, the inter-relationships between HTML5, Flash, H.264 and Ogg Theora have been intriguing me, so I spent last week trying to figure it all out. The result is The Future of Web Video, Part 1; HTML5? Someday. Ogg? Probab...

H.264 Main or High Profile? Use High says Ben Waggonner

Interesting line of questions on the Advanced Streaming List recently. One producer shared that he was encoding using the following parameters: 768kbps512x288H.264 Main Profile Level 3.1 Microsoft's Ben Waggoner, author of Compression for Great Vide...

The Future of Web Video

HTML5? Someday. Ogg? Probably not.

I admit that the nexus is a bit tenuous, but if you're an Apple Final Cut Pro producer, you're undoubtedly producing for the Web. Over the past few months, you've been hearing that Flash is going away, H.264 is going away, and soon you'll have to produce all your video in an open-source video codec called Ogg Theora (of all things). Well I'm here to tell you why that won't happen, so you can push away all those scary, vicious rumors and go back to what you do all day.

This is a two-part article. Page 1 will take a look at HTML5 and what it can and can't do, and page 2 will focus on the future of Ogg Theora.

An essential gizmo for Mac video producers

This is not an earthshaking post, but I thought I would share it anyway. I've never been a fan of Apple's decision to use FireWire 800 adapters on their most recent lines of computers since it meant that I couldn't connect my camcorders to them with...

What's the right keyframe interval?

Interesting post came from the StreamingMedia Advanced list today: Question:  Anyone have any advise on key frame placement in h264 flash? I felt like I should know the answer to this, so I pulled together the following: Answer: Interesting question...

H.264 Licensing and the X.264 codec

Ever since MPEG-LA announced their policy of not charging royalties for H.264 video distributed free over the Internet, I've been getting a bunch of emails, so I thought I would share them. I'm not inviting more emails on this topic, by they way, unl...

Copy Protection for Your DVDs

This past year, I produced about 12 separate DVD projects ranging in quantity from five to about 200 DVDs. Simplifying the printing and replication of these projects was the Microboards MX-2 Disc Publisher that Microboards seemingly forgot about and left with me for 12 luxurious months. You can read my review of the unit here.

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The Moving Picture: A Tale of Three iPads

Apple’s recent iPad announcement had a strong impact on three groups: broadcasters, technology enthusiasts, and just about anyone concerned with the survival of the newspaper industry. Since discussions in these areas provide a great view of the iPad’s strengths and weaknesses, I thought that I would detail them here.

Shooting with the Canon ESO 7D

I just spent about a month with the Canon EOS 7D, specifically to evaluate its HD video shooting capabilities. The results were very impressive, with amazing depth of field, and relatively low noise in low light situations. You can read my review here.

Click over to the article to see some of the sample videos I shot with the 7D.

Streaming Production and Flash Delivery Workshop in Manhattan on March 23, 2010

Lisa Larson-Kelly and Jan Ozer will be hosting the Streaming Production and Flash Delivery Workshop on March 23, 2010, at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The workshop will feature two tracks, Streaming Production and Flash Deliv...