Jan has worked in digital video since 1990, and is the author of 13 books related to video technolgy. Jan currently writes for StreamingMedia.com, Digital Content Producer and EventDV. In addition to producing seminars and for streamingmedia.com and the MCA-I, Jan instructs two and three day video production seminars for the Digital Media Academy.
Choosing a streaming technology involves multiple considerations, including an understanding of the pluses and minuses of the streaming protocol used by the technology. This article defines a streaming protocol and then discusses the relative merits of the protocols used by today’s leading streaming technologies.
I reviewedLivestream Broadcaster in early July. Because I don't have 4G service near my rural home, and don't have a 4G modem, I didn't test the unit for broadcasting over 4G. One online reader didn't see these realities of my small town life as a valid excuse, commenting, "I really do not consider this a complete review UNLESS you test this in 4G."
If you work with Compressor long enough, you'll have to learn to transfer a compression setting from one computer to another. In this short post, I'll describe how. This is the second iteration of this blog post; the first time I showed the hard way,...
[Editor's Note, 7/20/12: After we published Jan's article, he received a note from Colleen Henry, Video Hacker, Google Video Infrastructure, with further recommendations for encoding for YouTube. We've added that information as an addendum at the end of the article.]
This is our second in a series of enterprise encoder reviews; in this review, we test Telestream Episode Engine. By way of background, Episode Engine is the highest performing option in the Episode family, with unlimited parallel batch encoding, Split-and-Stitch encoding (more later), extensive input and output file support, and simple clustering with other Episode installations on the same subnet. Available for both Mac and Windows, Engine costs $3,995.
So there I was drinking my morning coffee, perusing ESPN.com, and I saw a link to training videos of our American Olympic hopefuls. I'm as patriotic as the next guy, so I clicked the link, and the video opened to full browser window playback. I smirked to myself, thinking, "can't do that in HTML5," and right-clicked on the video to confirm my assumption.
Here's how it begins.
Livestream Broadcaster is an exceptionally easy to configure and use live encoder that produced very good quality over a range of relevant bandwidths. The only significant negatives are that the unit doesn't work with the olde...
Livestream was kind enough to supply a review copy of their Livestream Broadcaster box, which I worked with today. The review will appear in Streaming Media Magazine; this short snippet will give you an idea of the quality that the unit produces and ...
In separate announcements at IBC, Brightcove announced two new products from its recent acquisition of Zencoder -- Instant Play and LIve Cloud Transcoding -- and the availability of Widevine DRM encryption and packaging within its Video Cloud platform. All three announcements are significant, although they impact different market segments.