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

Encoding in the Cloud or On Premise

I was once a skeptic on cloud encoding, but over the last 12 months have become a believer. In my Streaming Media article, The Cloud Vs. On-Premises Encoding Dilemma, I discuss why, discussing three classes of companies.The first should go directly t...

Insights from the Ooyala Global Video Index

Ooyala is one of the top three online video platforms (OVP) and releases a quarterly "video index" that "measures the anonymized viewing habits of viewers in 239 countries and territories, from Argentina to Zimbabwe, around the world," and reports...

Producing and Distributing HEVC

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This session explores the current status of HEVC, identifying options for encoding live and on-demand HEVC and discussing player options in the streaming and OTT markets. Topics include the comparative quality and usability of HEVC encoders, how HEVC quality compares to H.264 and VP9 (if encoders are available) and known trials and deployments of HEVC.

Encoding for Multiple Screen Delivery

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This session details the playback capabilities and technology compatibilities of desktop, mobile, and TV screens, and explores the technical issues and feasibility of producing one set of streams for all platforms, including how technologies like transmuxing and live transcoding simplify the overall distribution workflow.

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Choose Live Encoder

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This session discusses factors to consider when choosing a live streaming encoder, from free or inexpensive software options to high-volume, big-iron systems, including quality, performance, portability, features, and format support. The session also examines how new cloud-based features such as live transrating are changing the requirements for on-location encoding.

Choosing Cloud Encoder

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The session describes what cloud encoding is and how it works for both live and on- demand applications; details the types of applications that work well with cloud encoding; and identifies factors to consider when choosing an on-demand and live- cloud encoding service, including qualitative and performance results from recent reviews.

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Data Rates for HEVC Testing

A few weeks ago, I ran a survey to determine the average data rate used by video producers when encoding H.264 to 720p and 1080p resolutions. The thought was, once I knew this, I could encode using HEVC at the half the data rate and compare the quali...

Adobe Media Encoder Online Course a "Life Saver"

  My Udemy course entitled, Mastering the Adobe Media Encoder CC, just got its first review, a five-star rating. Reviewer Jill Hoven commented: "The BEST Tutorial on Adobe Media Encoder!! Jan Ozer is already my go-to expert on everything streaming ...

More on MPEG LA HEVC Royalty Policy

My recent column, MPEG LA's HEVC Licensing Terms Are Flawed, Will Prevent Adoption, has generated lots of comments in the LinkedIn HEVC/H.265 Group. One comment, from Anthony Mai, sparked a lengthy response, which I wanted to share. By way of backgro...

New Five Star Review for "Great" Compression Book

Just got a short and sweet five star review on Amazon for Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery. Here's a screen grab. Ah, nothing does an author's heart more good than to see a review like that. Thanks for taking the time to share,...