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Everything Changes In (A) Flash

Adobe's Flash Media Server 3.5, used in beta by CDNs like CDNetworks, competes with Wowza's newly announced pay-as-you-go streaming server subscription service.
Mon., Nov. 17 by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 17 Nov 2008

Akamai and Microsoft Attempt to Stream HD Smoothly

Using a new Microsoft technology called Smooth Streaming along with silverlight, Akamai broadcasts its high-def appeal to media companies.
Tues., Oct. 28, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 28 Oct 2008

Back to Basics: HTTP Streaming

The term "HTTP streaming" got tossed around quite a bit at last week's Streaming Media Europe as a way to get through corporate firewalls. But not all "HTTP streaming" is created equal, nor is it always actually streaming.
Fri., Oct. 24, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 24 Oct 2008

Adobe Releases Final Version of Flash Player 10

New 3D features, text engine, and GPU acceleration are included in the new release, as well as the multi-bitrate streaming capability with an upcoming version of Flash Media Server.
Wed., Oct. 15, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Oct 2008

Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2

Microsoft announced Silverlight 2 will be available for download on Tuesday; company says "1 in 4 consumers have access," and announces upcoming adoption by CBS College Sports Network and Blockbuster.
Mon., Oct 13, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 13 Oct 2008

Review: The Video-Enabled Adobe Acrobat 9

With deep Flash integration, including the ability to convert multiple video formats for Flash Video playback, the new version of Acrobat 9 isn't your grandma's e-paper.
Fri., Oct. 3, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 03 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

Out to Launch: Adobe Reveals CS4

Adobe announces the new Creative Suite 4 and shows off some solid advances and one feature that may change the face of video editing as we know it.
Tues., Sept. 23, by Jan Ozer
Featured Articles, Posted 23 Sep 2008

Flashpoint: Live Flash Video—Ready for Prime Time?

Flash video has achieved widespread popularity, but how well can it handle live streaming?
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Sep 2008

Game On: Adobe, Microsoft, and Others Battle It Out in the Sports Video Space

The NFL is using Adobe Flash and AIR, the Fighting Irish are using Microsoft Silverlight, and companies like Createcna and Envivio are pushing their solutions hard in the sports video marketplace and at IBC.
Tues., Sept. 9, by Tim Siglin

Featured Articles, Posted 09 Sep 2008

Sports Flash

Adobe claims the gold in the Olympics and introduces live NFL football delivered in Flash, which debuted Thursday night.
Fri., Sept. 5, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 05 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

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

On2 Gets Into the Olympic Act

Chinese streaming broadcaster rights now licensed to several interested parties, and On2 is getting into the act, announcing that Chinese Central Television’s CCTV.com will be using the Flix Engine to encode content with VP6.
Thurs., July 17, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 17 Jul 2008

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

It's All in the Delivery: A Look at the Top Video Players of Today and Tomorrow

Today's media players are advancing broadcast media by leveraging the internet as a delivery medium. As such, these technologies are now becoming disruptive far beyond the confines of the web.
Thurs., July 3, by Ezra Davidson

Featured Articles, Posted 03 Jul 2008

Google and Yahoo Roll out Flash Search

Adobe has released code to search engine giants Google and Yahoo! that allow them to index content ins SWF files, including metadata about Flash Video embedded in the SWF file.
Tues., July 1, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Jul 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

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