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

Harmonic CMO Peter Alexander Describes Company's Cloud Strategy

With gross revenue in the $400 million range ($108 million for Q2 2014), Harmonic Inc. is one of the largest encoding companies on the planet, but they've been strangely quiet on the cloud-encoding front. This changed around NAB 2014, when the compan...

MediaPlatform PrimeTime Review: A Sleek Enterprise YouTube

I'm getting pretty excited about enterprise YouTube products in general; particularly after writing about the value eBay saw in their enterprise system (see eBay Embraces Enterprise YouTube). I also liked, but wasn't overwhelmed by, the Silverlight-b...

Amazon Transcoder; My Review (Meh!)

On one level, Amazon's Elastic Transcoder is a finely-tuned service well crafted for the largest sweet spot of the cloud encoding market, Plain Jane H.264 transcoding. On another level, its a service that aimed low from an interface and usability sta...

Don't Buy that UHD TV: It May Go Obsolete Faster Than You Think

Holiday buying season is right around the corner, and soon you'll be subjected to advertising from multiple sources to buy a new UHD TV set. I like shiny new objects as much as the next guy, but before you succumb, you should know that there's a good...

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

Here's the description; click over the main page to download the handout and access the sample files.

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

Here you can download my handout from the session, and view the comparison still image and compressed files. Here's the session description.

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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