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The 2009 Streaming Media Editors' Picks

Here are the Streaming Media editors' choices for the most innovative, compelling, and useful services and technologies from the past year.
Featured Articles, Posted 19 Feb 2009

Lost in Translation: Going from TV to PC

The challenges of presenting broadcast-quality TV on the PC can never be fully overcome, but an integrated workflow can go a long way to improving video quality.
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Feb 2009

The H.264 Licensing Labyrinth

Confusion and consternation abound over H.264 licensing terms. Here's a brief overview.
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Feb 2009

2009 Encoder Shootout

Report cards on the seven leading software encoding tools
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Feb 2009

The Future's So Bright: H.264 Year in Review

H.264 was definitely the 'it' codec of 2008, and despite its complex and potentially expensive licensing, it will likely only become more pervasive in years to come.
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Feb 2009

Nonlinear Video Editors for Streaming Postproduction

The last year saw developments—some big, some small—to all of the major nonlinear video editing platforms. Here's a look at the latest word from Adobe, Apple, Avid, and Sony.
Wed., Feb. 11, by Jan Ozer
Featured Articles, Posted 11 Feb 2009

Review: LSI Tarari Encoder Accelerator LCPX-6140

The LSI Tarari Encoder Accelerator is a solid and affordable option for high-volume producers who need to accelerate their VC-1 encoding.
Featured Articles, Posted 29 Dec 2008

Back to Basics: H.264 Licensing Terms

Confusion and consternation abound. Here's a brief overview and analysis of H.264 licensing terms.
Fri., Dec. 12, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Dec 2008

The HD Showdown: Codec Vendors Battle It Out for Supreme Quality

Microsoft, On2, and Jan Ozer square off to determine which codec produces the highest quality video: VC-1, VP6, or H.264.
Featured Articles, Posted 11 Dec 2008

Sun's JavaFX Sets Out to Challenge Flash and Silverlight

The JavaFX Production Suite, targeted at web developers and designers, offers integration with Adobe tools while potentially offering competition to Adobe's AIR efforts. Meanwhile, On2 plays both sides of the fence.
Mon., Dec. 8, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Dec 2008

H.264 Lessons from iTunes

For all the talk about H.264, it's still not widely used for streaming, at least in the U.S. In iTunes, however, it's the norm. We take a look at how well it's working for Apple.
Tues., Oct. 21, by Jan Ozer
Featured Articles, Posted 21 Oct 2008

Decoding the Truth About Hi-Def Video Production

Many low-powered computers have trouble playing back high-definition video encoded using one or more of the big three codecs, but there are ways to improve performance.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Oct 2008

Flash Video Compression Choices

Should you use Flash Media Encoding Server or the new CS4 Adobe Media Encoder? We break down the differences, from grid and batch encoding to VP6 and H.264.
Tues., Sept. 23, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 23 Sep 2008

Commentary: Pieces of (VP)8

On2 supporters cry foul, both before and after the company announces VP8. But On2’s announcement actually raises more questions than it answers, and it’s too soon to tell what impact it will have on the online video world.
Fri., Sept. 19, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 19 Sep 2008

IBC 2008 Kicks Off

Highlights in the early announcements from Amsterdam—from companies like Microsoft, Digital Rapids, HaiVision, and Motorola—emphasize the growth in H.264 and set-top box penetration.
Fri., Sept. 12, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Sep 2008

Streams of Thought: H.264 Wins—Now What?

WIth Microsoft's announcement that it's adding H.264 playback to Silverlight, some would argue that H.264 has emerged triumphant in the codec wars. So what does that mean for the future of online video?
Tues., Sept. 9, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 09 Sep 2008

So Many H.264 Codecs, So Little Time

Unlike the quality of either WMV or VP6-based Flash files, which are relatively homogenous due to their common origin, the quality of H.264 video varies depending upon who developed the codec and, to a lesser degree, the encoding tool. Here's a comparison of H.264 files produced using codecs from Apple, Dicas, and MainConcept.
Tues., Aug. 26, by Jan Ozer

Featured Articles, Posted 26 Aug 2008

Industry Perspectives: Keeping an Eye on Video Quality

With the rise of user-generated content, one could argue that the process of video encoding has become oversimplified of late. It's time to take a step back and put more emphasis on correctly encoding content for high-quality video and audio.
Fri., Aug. 8, by Simon Factor
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Aug 2008

Tutorial: High-Touch Encoding With Microsoft Expression Encoder 2

A walk through some of the new encoding features of Microsoft’s new Expression Encoder 2 product for high-quality compression, authoring with Silverlight skins, and publishing to the Silverlight Streaming service.
Fri., Sept. 12, by Ben Waggoner
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Aug 2008

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