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Streaming Media Podcast #20: All-Stars and Format Wars

The first in a series of podcasts with Streaming Media All Stars, this spirited discussion with Nico McLane includes Jan Ozer and several opinions on Windows Media, Flash, H.264 and the needs of enterprise user.
Fri., July 11, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 11 Jul 2008

Streaming Media Podcast #19: InfoComm and NxtComm

Tim Siglin podcasts from Infocomm and NxtComm, both held in Las Vegas, with special guest host IdaRose Sylvester, who discusses a new set-top box from Amino and the VN-Matrix streaming encoder/decoder from Electrosonic.
Tues., June 24, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 24 Jun 2008

Cracking the H.264 Codec

H.264 is undoubtedly the hottest codec around, but there are inherent market forces that complicate producing files that meet the needs of your target playback device or player. These include the fact that there are multiple H.264 codecs available, each with different configurable parameters, and that each H.264 encoding tool reveals a custom set of compression options.
Featured Articles, Posted 23 Jun 2008

Under the Hood: File Analysis Tools for Streaming Video

For the most part, streaming files provide a pitiful amount of useable data, which makes programs that provide insight to the content of these files invaluable to compressionists. Depending upon your needs and operating system, there are a number of programs—most free, some at a price—that may fit the bill quite nicely. In this article, we look at a several such programs, including Apple’s QuickTime Pro, Steve Greenberg’s GSpot Codec Information Appliance, Inlet Technologies’ Semaphore, Jerome Martinez’s MediaInfo, and Sliq Media’s WMSnoop.
Tues., June 17, by Jan Ozer
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Jun 2008

Review: Rhozet Carbon Coder 3

"Impressive" turns out to be a good adjective for the version 3.0 update in general, which significantly improves an already highly competent product. Rhozet has made several useful streaming-codec-related improvements, enhanced watch-folder functionality, and improved the program's interface. Encoding trials immediately revealed that Carbon Coder remains highly tuned for fast, multiprocessor efficiency.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2008

Review: Sorenson Squeeze 5

With Squeeze 5, Sorenson took baby steps in some critical new directions. Unfortunately, unless it's your child, baby steps are seldom graceful or particularly effective, and that's the case here.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2008

Twenty-Year-Old Broadcast International Gets Boost from Big Blue Partnership

Broadcast International has joined forces with IBM for its new CodecSys solution, which switches on the fly among multiple codecs to encode a single piece of H.264-compatible video.
Mon., April 21, by Ezra Davidson
Featured Articles, Posted 21 Apr 2008

Review: Inlet Technologies Spinnaker S3000

Another winning real-time encoder from Inlet
Featured Articles, Posted 20 Apr 2008

Review: Anystream Agility

The term “industrial-strength” is probably overused, but it’s definitely appropriate when describing Anystream’s Agility Web encoder, an extremely robust system that delivers more than adequate video quality along with stellar stability and performance.
Thurs., April 24, by Jan Ozer
Featured Articles, Posted 20 Apr 2008

Case Study: Dow Finds the Right Streaming Chemistry

A look at Dow's DiamondTV project and its implementation of Starbak's global rich media streaming solution
Featured Articles, Posted 20 Apr 2008

Streaming Media Podcast #15: NAB Day Two

Tim Siglin interviews two more companies at the National Association of Broadcaster's show (NAB) in Las Vegas: Akamai talks about its partnership with transcoding companies, while Wowza talks about competing with Adobe on a whole new price-point playing field.
Fri., April 18, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 18 Apr 2008

NAB 2008: Andy Beach Writes a Book . . . And Other Amazing Tales

Inlet's Andy Beach published a book on practical encoding, while his company and Adobe are showing off metadata and automated encoding solutions at the NAB show in Las Vegas.
Wed., April 16, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Apr 2008

Streaming Media Podcast #14: NAB Day One

Tim and Jose explore topics of interest at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, talking with companies about piracy, high-definition streaming and the disappearance of two major companies—Apple and Avid—from the show floor.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Apr 2008

NAB 2008: Broadcasting by Any Other Name . . . Is Broadcasting

Not surprisingly, the takeaway from the president's keynote kicking off NAB 2008 is that broadcasting—whether it's online, offline or a combination of both—is alive and well. But clearly traditional broadcasters have much to learn from their web counterparts, and some key announcements indicate how the two worlds are merging.
Featured Articles, Posted 14 Apr 2008

The State of High-Definition Streaming

The bitrate race may have slowed down a bit, but as high-definition online video has become a reality, publishers and CDNs are making HD a priority.
Tues., April 8, by Geoff Daily
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Apr 2008

Case Study: SyncCast Rises to the High-Def Challenge

Last year, when Microsoft prepared to launch Xbox LIVE Video Marketplace to deliver high-quality SD and HD content to Xbox 360 owners, the company turned to a trusted partner, SyncCast, to build a secure, centralized video hosting delivery platform.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Feb 2008

Special Delivery: High-Def Video

Case studies of Akamai, Hulu, and more reveal different approaches to delivering high-definition video online.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Feb 2008

Outsourcing Everything but the Company Name

Nowadays, thanks to outsourcing, you don't have to have any specific skills or knowledge relating to software development, content production, monetization, or even streaming media to build a streaming media business; you only need to come up with a clever name for your company.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Feb 2008

More Flash Brings More Light

Undoubtedly the biggest news in online video for 2007, the Silverlight/Flash battle is one that finds both Microsoft and Adobe significantly shifting their fundamental approaches, although in both cases, there’s historical precedent.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Feb 2008

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