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Encoding & Transcoding 2018: Part 2

We continue our survey of the encoding & transcoding market with looks at Encoding.com, Bitmovin, Brightcove, Beamr, Cisco/Synamedia, and Ericsson/MediaKind
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Nov 2018

The OTT Ecosystem Needs an Open Platform

If the industry is to continue to innovate, grow, and provide the best value and quality of experience, then we need to stop building closed systems and move toward open-platform, best-in-class infrastructure solutions.
Featured Articles, Posted 09 Nov 2018

Video Engineering Summit: Netflix to Discuss VMAF's Future

In a presentation at Streaming Media West's Video Engineering Summit, Netflix software engineer Zhi Li will discuss the latest developments in VMAF, the quality metric Netflix developed and has open sourced.
Featured Articles, Posted 09 Nov 2018

Video: How the Cellular Bonding Live Workflow Works

LiveU's George Klippel describes the cellular bonding workflow for live production from capture to distribution using LiveU's technology in this clip from Streaming Media East 2018.
Short Cuts, Posted 05 Nov 2018

New Codecs Are Coming; Here's How to Evaluate Codec Evaluations

When comparing the video quality created by different codecs, consider the companies running the comparisons and the metrics they're offering.
Featured Articles, Posted 23 Oct 2018

The 2018 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards Finalists

281 nominees. More than 25,000 votes. 90 finalists. Here's who made the shortlist of the top streaming video products and services in our annual reader poll.
Featured Articles, Posted 17 Oct 2018

Product Spotlight: Matrox Monarch LCS

Matrox Monarch LCS video encoding appliance makes live webcasting simple, delivering high-quality streams to Facebook Live, YouTube, or a favorite content delivery network (CDN) with multi-camera production value, without operator assistance.
View Points, Posted 02 Oct 2018

Product Spotlight: Magewell Ultra Stream HDMI

Making live streaming production remarkably simple even for non-professional users, Magewell's Ultra Stream HDMI standalone streaming encoder enables them to record or stream high-quality video with one click using on-device buttons or an intuitive, accompanying smartphone app.
View Points, Posted 02 Oct 2018

Time to Start Testing: FFmpeg Turns 4.0 and Adds AV1 Support

AV1 delivers equivalent quality to HEVC, but with a lower data rate. For now, though, it's slow. A five-second clip took 23 hours and 46 minutes to encode.
Featured Articles, Posted 27 Sep 2018

Bitmovin's Free Tool Offers OTT Encoding Recommendations

Publishers are invited to test their content with a free online resource that shows the quality and bandwidth improvements of per-title encoding.
Online Video News, Posted 27 Sep 2018

Dolby Acquires Hybrik to Grow Media Processing Business

Dolby Laboratories has plans to build up its media processing business, and believes an acquisition of Hybrik will help it get there.
Online Video News, Posted 26 Sep 2018

Can AI Make the Streaming Video Experience Even Better Than TV?

Look for artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve content delivery, video compression, and viewer personalization, strengthening the entire workflow.
Featured Articles, Posted 26 Sep 2018

Portable Streaming Encoders Shrink and Grow

As companies launch small-form-factor encoders (SFFEs) for live streaming and (sometimes) recording, one of the biggest questions potential users ask is whether these devices offer the same encoding functionality as larger units.
Featured Articles, Posted 26 Sep 2018

Hulu Talks About the Challenges of Live Video One Year Later

As it built out its live video service, Hulu found a lack of standardization in signal acquisition and metadata use. Now, it's pushing for greater uniformity.
Featured Articles, Posted 18 Sep 2018

Telestream to Show Self-Healing Live Video Architecture at IBC

Project Orchid promises to improve service quality while lowering cost and complexity, Telestream says, by solving problems on its own.
Online Video News, Posted 10 Sep 2018

Jury Levels $7.7 Million Judgment Against Huawei for H.264 Patent Infringement

The settlement says that H.264-related charges are not limited by FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) requirements, and may have implications for all users of H.264 encode and decode capabilities, especially Android devices.
Featured Articles, Posted 04 Sep 2018

Video: How Has Per-Title Encoding Evolved from 1.0 to 2.0?

SSIMWAVE Chief Science Officer Zhou Wang identifies the key evolutionary points in the development of per-title encoding to greater efficiency in this clip from his presentation at Streaming Media East.
Short Cuts, Posted 03 Sep 2018

AV1: A First Look

FFmpeg 4.0 gives many video engineers their first chance to test the new AV1 codec against H.264, HEC, and VP9. The results? In our tests, quality was impressive, but glacially slow encoding times make AV1 a non-starter for most publishers until hardware acceleration becomes available.
Featured Articles, Posted 31 Aug 2018

OTT Moves Toward Microservices as Speed Becomes an Issue

Microservices architectures are central to the growth of OTT services, but they're widely misunderstood. Here's an intro to the major players.
Featured Articles, Posted 31 Aug 2018

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