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

Satellite, Cellmux and Fiber; Alternatives to Ethernet

Suppose you're tasked with producing a high-profile live event. Perhaps the location has Ethernet connectivity, but you also want a redundant connection in case the Ethernet goes down. Or perhaps the location doesn't offer Ethernet. What are your opt...

eBay Embraces Enterprise YouTube to Maintain Competitive Advantage

I had a great opportunity to write a case study on eBay's use of Qumu's enterprise YouTube product. Sometimes, these discussions are strictly technical, the bits and bytes, procedures and workflows, that kind of thing. While I covered that with eBay'...

Video for the Long Haul: Exploring Backhaul Options

You’re streaming a high-profile event in the not-too-distant future, and you’re wondering about your options for transmitting your video to your streaming server or service provider. You’re concerned about quality, reliability, and perhaps redundancy. You’ve read about satellite and fiber, as well as multiple options for efficiently transmitting over IP networks, but you’re not sure what they require in terms of equipment and cost. If this in any way describes your situation, you’ve come to the right place, because these backhaul options are precisely what I’ll be covering in this article.

Netflix Lukewarm on HEVC (to put it mildly)

"The bottom line is that in the great struggle to find the true signal among the noise, you should ignore the claims of those who create and sell the codec, and prioritize those who actually have to put it to use. But you knew that already, didn't yo...

Stream With Care: Simple Production Tips for Quality Results

Most seasoned compressionists know that you can’t have high-quality streaming media without quality audio and video. In honor of our production issue, I thought I would list the production techniques that can make or break audio and video quality. Click over to the main article for the rest of the story. 

Even YouTube Doesn't Take HTML5/WebM Seriously

I know, I know, Flash is dead, the war is over. We've all moved on to other battles. Still, I had to laugh the other day when I noticed how YouTube was encoding files for some browsers in HTML5 mode.  Here's the story. I was writing another Video Do...

In Defense of MPEG LA

Recent bad press received by MPEG LA seems to disprove the old adage that all PR is good PR. A few weeks ago, writing for Fox News, Steve Forbes said:

One example is MPEG LA—a patent pooling entity and owner of the MPEG-2 standard commonly found in televisions, gaming consoles, and personal computers—who does not adjust their licensing fees and locks in licensors to contract terms far longer than the life of the patents despite holding predominantly expired patents.

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YouTube and VP9: A Made-for-Press-Release Event

The recent news that YouTube will demonstrate 4K video encoded with VP9 at CES with hardware support from a number of chip and TV vendors has all the earmarks of a made-for-press release event; all froth, no substance. That’s OK; press release writers have to eat too. But before you lose faith in H.265/HEVC, you should consider the following facts. Click here to see the rest of the article. 

Ozer Launches Online Course Mastering the Adobe Media Encoder

I'm pleased to announce my new course, Mastering the Adobe Media Encoder CC: An Online Course, on Udemy. Why this new course? Well, I use the Adobe Media Encoder every day, and have for many years over multiple versions. I know which presets operate...

Udemy Course Updated with Adobe Media Encoder Training

Just a quick note to let you know that I've added 16 lectures of Adobe Media Encoder training to my existing course on Udemy, Video Compression for Web, Disc and PC/TV/Console Playback. You can see the modules added below.  I've also launched a sep...