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

DASH or HLS? Which is the Best Format Today?

The survey results are in: So, out of 87 responses, over 50% chose DASH, while over 30% choose HLS. The balance chose to explain why, and there were some very useful comments.  "Not sure why i wouldnt cover both options." "DASH also doesn't work on...

BBC Moves to HTML5 and MPEG-DASH

I am a bit behind the times on this one, but on September 29th, 2015, the BBC launched an HTML5-based player based upon the Media Source Extensions and MPEG-DASH. You can read about their implementation in a blog post, here. The new implementation is...

Current Status of HEVC Royalties

This post will quickly summarize the current status of HEVC royalties. There are two existing patent pools. The first was assembled by MPEG LA and calls for royalties of $0.20/unit on encoders and decoders, after a 100,000 de minimus exception, wi...

SSIMWave SQM Review: Frustrating Video Quality Measurement

I'm big into quality control and objective video measurement, and the latest tool that I've tested, SSIMWaves SQM (link to tool here) , offers a couple of unique elements, including a scoring system that attempts to correspond to actual human subject...

Choosing a Capture Card for Multicamera Live Production

You’ve decided to create your own station for mixing live events with a software program like Telestream Wirecast, Livestream Studio, StudioCoast vMix, CombiTech VidBlaster or Splitmedia Labs XSplit. You’ve selected the mixing software you plan to use, you’ve spec’d out the computer, and now you need a capture device to input the feeds for mixing.

A Thunderbolt Primer

The Thunderbolt port on a MacPro lets it function as a highly capable live streaming system. Thunderbolt can be a very useful expansion option for streaming and other video production, particularly if you are producing on a Mac workstation or laptop....

Why I like VQM better than PSNR or SSIM

Objective video quality benchmarks serve a valuable role in evaluating the quality of encoded video. There are multiple algorithms, and multiple tools to measure them. Though the Peak Signal to Noise (PSNR) and Structural Similarity Index (SSIM) have...

Tutorial: How to Turn Your PC or Mac into a Portable Live Streaming Station for Under $1000

If you've got a desktop or notebook computer with USB 3.0 connectors, you can convert it into a live streaming appliance for under $1,000 with the Telestream Wirecast Studio 6 plus Epipan AV.io bundle. In the case of a laptop, this gives you a very ...

Ustream Review: The Live Streaming Service Evolves for New Areas

UStream is one of the nice success stories in the streaming media market place. Founded by two West Point veterans, the company grew from a pure live streaming service provider into a full service provider primarily for enterprises. The company has a...

Encoding 2020: Experts Predict the Future of Video Encoding

Want to know what the encoding world is going to look like in five years? So did Streaming Media Magazine, so I spent the better part of July and August asking streaming media readers their thoughts on what the future would look like (via a survey), ...