Technical and How-to Track

The Technical & How-To Track is for CTOs, technology managers, studio professionals, and developers who want one thing: solutions. The video ecosystem is a fragmented mix of platforms and devices: Learn from the pros how you can eliminate the bottlenecks and deliver results. Expert presenters will offer sessions on the entire video workflow, from formats to delivery to player and UI development to AI and machine learning. This is the place to go to learn real skills and improvements you can put in place as soon as you’re back in the office. And even if you’re not currently a video developer and want to learn more about how the technology works, this track is for you. The Technical & How-To Track will include discussions of encoding and transcoding at a high level, but if you’re looking for a more advanced and deeper dive into the bits and bytes, check out our new Video Engineering Summit.


Tuesday, Nov 13

Track T: Technical & How-To Track


T101. HOW-TO: Fine-Tuning Your Adaptive Encoding Groups With Objective Quality Metrics

Tuesday, November 13: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Choosing the number of streams in an adaptive group and configuring them is usually a subjective, touchy-feely exercise, with no way to really gauge the effectiveness and efficiency of the streams. However, by measuring stream quality via metrics such as PSNR, SSIM, and VQM, you can precisely assess the quality delivered by each stream and its relevancy to the adaptive group. This presentation identifies several key objective quality metrics, teaches how to apply them, and provides an objective framework for analyzing which streams are absolutely required in your adaptive group and their optimal configuration.


, Principal, Streaming Learning Center and Contributing Editor, Streaming Media


T102. Choosing the Best Off-the-Shelf Video Player

Tuesday, November 13: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Given the fractured delivery landscape faced by most video distributors, few develop their players from scratch. Rather, most distributors choose from an array of off-the-shelf (OTS) players from vendors like Bitmovin, JW Player, OpenTelly, and Flowplayer or from open-source options such as Shaka Player or Video.js. This session covers the factors you should consider when evaluating and selecting the best OTS player for your video stack and, in particular, when and how open source players provide the best alternative.


, CTO, videoRx


T103. HOW-TO: Building a More Robust Cloud Encoder With FFMPEG & More

Tuesday, November 13: 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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.


, Principal, Streaming Learning Center and Contributing Editor, Streaming Media

, Software Developer, RealEyes Media


T104. Identifying Ideal Points for Quality Checks in Video Streaming

Tuesday, November 13: 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Ensuring a great user experience is key to retaining customers and growing market share. This session explores points along video workflows that are ideal for quality checks, including various types of monitoring from ingest to playout, and real-world examples of operational benefits of each. This discussion covers the impact of machine learning on improving accuracy of monitoring and the importance of getting ad insertion right.


, Video Product Manager, Tektronix


T105. Get Ready for a Multiple Codec World

Tuesday, November 13: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

While H.264 has dominated the last decade of streaming, the market is moving toward a new generation of codecs like VP9, HEVC, and AV1—as well as proprietary codecs—that offer significantly better compression but much more fragmented support in browsers and devices. This roundtable discusses how savvy businesses can migrate to the new technology and get the benefits of more efficient compression without sacrificing audiences.


, VP, Solutions, Bitmovin


Wednesday, Nov 14

Track T: Technical & How-To Track


T201. VMAF: The Journey Continues

Wednesday, November 14: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

VMAF (Video Multi-Assessment Fusion) is a quality metric that combines human vision modeling with machine learning. It demonstrates high correlation to human perception and gives a score that is consistent across content. VMAF was released on Github in 2016 and has had considerable updates since that time. This talk focuses on the latest VMAF improvements and enrichments, such as speed optimization, accurate models to predict mobile and 4K TV viewing conditions, and adding a confidence interval to quantify the level of confidence in the quality prediction. In addition, we discuss VMAF use cases and look at the VMAF road map for the near future.


, Senior Software Engineer, Netflix


T202. HOW-TO: Identifying Real-World Options for Live Streaming Playback

Wednesday, November 14: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Given the now-certain “end of life” date for Flash, you need to be ready for a Flash-less world. For those who deliver live video within a web browser, HTML5 has had plenty of time to play catch-up and surpass Flash capabilities—or has it? In this session, learn which transport technologies from HTTP, WebRTC, RTSP, and even RTMP work best, when to use them, and where to put your development dollars for maximum return.


, CTO, videoRx


T203. HOW-TO: Compare & Contrast Platforms Offering AI Video Insights

Wednesday, November 14: 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

A number of cloud providers have launched video-centric services to gain all manner of AI/machine learning-based insights and autogenerated sidecar information on your video assets. This session compares and contrasts Microsoft Azure Video Indexer, IBM’s Watson Media, AWS Rekognition, and Google Cloud Video Intelligence. We cover the basics and give you an unbiased look into which service will be the best bet for your needs. Whether it’s speech-to-text, object recognition, scene detection, or even speech sentiment, there’s a service out there for you. Let’s find it.


, Director Of Technology, RealEyes Media


T204. HOW-TO: Getting the Most Out of Progressive Web Apps

Wednesday, November 14: 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) bring a new tool to any publisher's belt, allowing them to more easily deliver the power of native apps through the web. Easy to install and bringing advanced features compared to normal web apps, PWAs open up new business cases and possibilities to the media industry. This presentation looks at the advantages of PWAs and how they can best be leveraged to unlock their full potential.


, CTO, THEO Technologies

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