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Commentary: MPEG-4 is Dead

With the adoption of WM9 by the DVD Forum, there's increasing reason to believe that MPEG4's future looks grim.
Featured Articles, Posted 19 Apr 2004

Product Review: RealProducer 10 Competes On Features, Codecs

We take a look at what's new in the the preview release of RealNetworks' latest.
Featured Articles, Posted 14 Apr 2004

Creating Windows Media Download Packages

Windows Media download packages bundle up an entire playlist, a collection of media files, and a custom border into one downloadable file. With a single click, the Windows Media Player will unpackage the contents, add the playlist to its Media Library, and begin playback of your program.
Featured Articles, Posted 31 Mar 2004

H.264 Video Prepares MPEG-4 For Prime Time

As broadcasters shift from tape- to disk-based digital acquisition, editing, and transmission systems, MPEG-4 system vendors’ products can gain significant market share against MPEG-2. Adoption will depend on several factors, such as de-mystifying H.264 and its availability as a codec within MPEG-4.
Featured Articles, Posted 24 Mar 2004

The Windows Media ActiveX Control – Not Just for Internet Explorer Anymore

Embedding Windows Media player in a Web page can be challenging. Now, the Mozilla/Netscape team has built ActiveX support for Windows Media directly into their latest browsers. Here's how to sniff for Windows Media browser support and embed your video for everyone.
Featured Articles, Posted 17 Mar 2004

The MPEG Video Standards – from 1 to 21

There's more to MPEG than just audio and video compression. There are five MPEG standards–MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, MPEG7, and MPEG21–spanning all aspects of compressing, authoring, identifying, and delivering multimedia. Here's a quick look at each one and where it fits in the digital media landscape.
Featured Articles, Posted 18 Feb 2004

Interactive MPEG4 – Who Will Lead the Way?

The MPEG4 standard for interactive video has facets that attract attention, enthusiasm, and investment. Both the Web and broadcast industries salivate at the possibility of a standards-based solution for authoring and delivering rich media content, but differ in their approach to driving adoption.
Featured Articles, Posted 10 Dec 2003

Creating Interactive Video With MPEG4

After a long build-up, MPEG4 is finally roaring out of the gates. Read on for a look at the frontier of MPEG4 video - interactive video capabilities that will leave you oohing and ahhing. We'll look at the basics, then walk through a complete XMT/SMIL code example that shows how it's done.
Featured Articles, Posted 26 Nov 2003

How To Brand Your Video With A Watermark

Inconspicuously floating over the bottom-right corner of a video, a watermark logo provides viewers with recognition of the program's source, as it builds brand awareness. We'll show you how to grace your videos with an interactive watermark that brands your content and drives traffic to your site.
Featured Articles, Posted 28 Oct 2003

Hinting For Quicktime And MPEG4

"Think different". The writer in me always wants to correct that to "Think differently." But, mangled adverbs notwithstanding, Apple does tend to do their technology differently than other companies. Here's what you need to know.
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Oct 2003

Microsoft Opens Windows Media 9 Codec to SMPTE

Microsoft recently submitted its WM9 codec to SMPTE for consideration as an official standard. Is it bold move or desperate measure in an effort to make Windows Media the standard for video compression in consumer electronics and broadcasting equipment?
Featured Articles, Posted 17 Sep 2003

Streaming Media Metafiles Part Three: QuickTime

QuickTime offers a variety of ways to connect your users with your streaming media content. This tutorial looks at three text-based metafile formats for streaming QuickTime movies.
Featured Articles, Posted 10 Sep 2003

Streaming Media Metafiles:
When And How To Use Them

Streaming metafiles - .ram files, .asx files and Quicktime Reference Movies - can be both a hassle and a powerful feature of streaming media systems. We’ll explore why you need them, when you don’t, and how they can do more for you than you may think.
Featured Articles, Posted 05 Aug 2003

A Roadmap to Digital Convergence:
MPEG Technology Developments

Digital convergence means gaining universal access to the right materials - rich, useful and focused content - in the right place at the right time. It’s about bringing content to the viewer through increasingly more portable formats in the technology revolution.by Barb Roeder and JC Spierer
Featured Articles, Posted 22 Apr 2003

Creating Custom Skins For RealOne

Skins allow you to create a virtual super-remote, a single, compact command center to manage all of your streams and feeds. Skins are surprisingly easy to build & this tutorial breaks down everything you need to know to customize and liven up RealOne media players.by Lisa Rein & Cory Doctorow
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Apr 2003

Detecting Streaming Media Players and Connection Speed Tutorial

Learn how to create the code that will let you determine which players your users have installed, and what bandwidth they have available on their Internet connection to stream your content.by Larry Bouthillier
Featured Articles, Posted 18 Feb 2003

SMIL for Business Presentations, 101

Don’t let your presentation die after you step off the podium. Using SMIL as a corporate communications tool, you can add value to your company training, sales, or marketing efforts by synchronizing voice and slides, and then streaming the results to your audience.by Jeff Rule
Featured Articles, Posted 09 Feb 2003

Microsoft Announces Intention To Acquire PlaceWare

Nearly three weeks into 2003, Microsoft made two announcements that struck Web conferencing solution and service providers like a bolt of lightening; the reverberations will be heard and felt through other technology sectors in the months and years ahead.by Christine Perey
Featured Articles, Posted 02 Feb 2003

Creating Custom Skins For RealOne, Part 2

In the second part of this tutorial -- click here for Part 1 -- contributor Lisa Rein breaks down everything you need to know to customize and liven up RealOne media players.
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Jan 2003

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