Nov 2-3, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

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Encoding & Transcoding

Tuesday, November 1, 2017

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

B102 - Cutting Through the 4K Hype: Standards, Deployments, & the Future

Programming in UHD has gone up tenfold, although only a relatively Platforms small amount is still available. More media enterprises are coming online with UHD broadcasts, and standards have arrived to a certain degree, with initial support for content and devices. But we are still far from pervasive UHD-ready facilities and end-to-end workflows. This session cuts through the hype to look at what realistically can be accomplished in UHD today and experiences thus far in deploying UHD. The panelists also cast an eye to the future, with discussion around topics such as live UHD event production and streaming and the potential for high dynamic range (HDR).

C102 - Streaming Deployment Architectures in Higher Education

In an attempt to facilitate new modes of teaching, such as online and flipped classrooms, the behind-the-scenes process of building a course has quickly changed. On-demand video portals, recording studios, and web-conference sessions are working their way into many universities. This session explores the workflow universities have developed to deliver their online and flipped classes, along with the tech they use to make it possible. It highlights what schools have found to be successful, efficient technologies, and lessons learned.

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

D103 - HOW TO: Building a More Robust Cloud Encoder With FFMPEG & More

With the speed of technology today, one of the most important parts of software is adaptability. By taking control of your own encoding and packaging, you can greatly reduce cost and maintain high adaptability and agility to meet your needs now and in the future. When working with cloud encoding, there are several transcoding and packaging options, and the APIs for these options will change over time. We talk about how to build a more dynamic cloud encoder that can use the best tool for a specific job by decoupling the tools from the core application, as well as how to mix and match multiple operations concurrently on a single encoding task. Operations include WebVTT and AAC sidecar manifests, DASH assets, metadata, video quality, and stream muxing/demuxing. This session covers some of the strategies we’ve used to handle dynamic cloud encoding and packaging for live and VOD delivery.

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

A104 - Emerging Streaming Technologies: Picking the Winners

Streaming continues its rapid evolution, moving away from proprietary core technologies and toward open standards. Which leading-edge technologies (H.265, VP9, AOMedia Video, WebM, DASH, fMP4 HLS, CMAF, HTML5, and WebRTC) should you be adopting to future-proof your streaming deployments so you reach your targeted devices and deliver a great user experience? We look at the royalty-laden HEVC vs. royalty-free VP9 vs. the new opensource AOMedia Video for streaming with MPEG-DASH. Which will win out in the end? How will Apple’s adoption of fragmented MP4 for HLS impact DASH adoption? Will the death of browser plug-ins finally herald the age of HTML5 video streaming, and how does WebRTC fit in? Our panel will dive into these and other questions, helping you decipher which technologies are here to stay, and which should be forgotten.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

D105 - HOW TO: Comparing AV1, VP9, HEVC, & H.264

Many content distributors and aggregators still use H.264 as their primary, if not exclusive codec, but the bandwidth savings incident to newer, more powerful codecs are alluring. Those considering a switch must evaluate at least three options; HEVC, VP9, and the Alliance for Open Media’s AV1 codec, which should be close to release by the close of 2017. In this session, codec specialist Jan Ozer evaluates the quality of these codecs and compares them to H.264. Learn how much bandwidth you can save with each and how the newer codecs compare from quality and implementation perspectives.

Wednesday, November 2, 2017

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

B201 - Integrating Streaming, Video Conferencing, & Unified Communications Solutions

Traditionally in enterprises, video streaming and video conferencing have been deployed as two completely separate solutions. However, companies are figuring out that integrating these solutions provides tremendous value to their organization. This session discusses trends across unified communications, video conferencing infrastructure, and production studios and how it allows for streaming technology to be budgeted as part of a larger video communications platform.

C201 - HOW TO: Comparing Per-Title Encoding Options

Per-title encoding techniques customize the encoding ladder to match the encoding complexity of the source, saving bandwidth on easy-to-compress videos and ensuring the quality of more complex footage. This session compares the efficiency, implementation issues, and costs of multiple commercially available and open-source alternatives, like Capella Systems Cambria Encoder, compression optimization from multiple vendors, and the alternatives available using Ffmpeg. Learn what per-title encoding is, how the various options work, and which is the best option for you.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

C202 - HOW TO: Live Streaming Without the Big Price Tag

There is lots of information on the market for “how to send a quality live stream” out to the web, but what if you are broadcasting to a live audience such as a church congregation, live concert or conference. There can be no margin for error, no chance of buffering, internet dropouts, and how do you stream live music, concert or worship? With groundbreaking software and creative workflows, this presentation will open your eyes to what is possible with live streaming in this context, without issues and without the big price tags.

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A204 - Best Practices for Live Streaming Production

This session discusses tips and tricks, best practices, and lessons learned regarding the technical setup of live streaming production. Learn how to stream multiple formats, use social networking overlays, and leverage adaptive bitrate streaming. Speakers in this session are the ones in the trenches, producing some of the largest live events you see on the web today.

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