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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

DIY Video: 10 User-Generated Content Tools You Can't Live Without

The desktop publishing revolution resulted in some amazingly beautiful design ideas being tried out for the first time. The same thing is happening with video. The general public is enthusiastic about producing video now that they can afford the tools, and the best way to learn is to experiment with your ideas and show them to people.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Feb 2008

The 2008 Encoder Shootout

In this roundup, Jan Ozer examines the compression capabilities for Adobe Creative Suite 3 and Apple Final Cut Studio 2, then reviews primary multiformat batch compression tools Grass Valley ProCoder, Sorenson Squeeze, and Telestream Episode Pro, all with an emphasis on output quality.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Feb 2008

HD For The Holidays: Formats, Formats Everywhere!

Now that HD streaming is upon us, what cameras and editing software should you buy—and what format should you invest in—to keep up with the Joneses?
Tues., Dec. 18, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 18 Dec 2007

Streaming Media Podcast #8: Speaking Encode

A look back on the highlights of the Streaming Media West show, and a talk with encoding specialist Jan Ozer about the latest video encoding tools.
Thurs., Nov. 15

Featured Articles, Posted 15 Nov 2007

Streams of Thought: Gettin' High (Def) in Amsterdam

IBC 2006 was heavy on high-definition hype.
Featured Articles, Posted 05 Oct 2007

Streaming Media Europe: It's About Quality, Not Quantity

London—on its best weather behavior—was the setting for this week’s European event. Though the show is considerably smaller than its U.S. counterparts, the quality of the conference sessions themselves often surpassed what we get stateside.
Featured Articles, Posted 05 Oct 2007

IBC Demos Reveal Advances Across IPTV Ecosystem

Whether it’s acquisition on solid-state media, encoding, or delivery, streaming in the IPTV space continues to move steadily forward, as proven by announcements from the likes of Digital Rapids, ViewCast, and Akamai.
Mon., Sept. 10, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 10 Sep 2007

Commentary: H.264 Video—The Format of Convergence

H.264 is already supported in virtually every corner of the digital video universe. Now, with big internet players like Adobe, Google, and Apple behind it, H.264 is poised to become the format of convergence where all devices have access to an expanding universe of content available via physical media or high-speed networks.
Tues., Sept. 4, by Charlie Oppenheimer
Featured Articles, Posted 04 Sep 2007

Latency: The Next Frontier

Now that the major codecs can deliver quality that is acceptable—or better—for most video, the next challenge to be overcome for streaming is latency. New products from HaiVision and W&W Communications aim to bring latency down to the point where streaming becomes tenable for high-speed surveillance apps
Featured Articles, Posted 24 Jul 2007

How To Convert Videos To Play On The iPhone

Whether you're one of the masses who bought one, or just need to deliver content to people who have, getting video on the iPhone isn't quite as simple as it looks. Here’s are some tips on how to create videos that can play on the new device.
Wed., July 18, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 18 Jul 2007

Review: VX30 Universal Video Encoder

While Maui X-Stream has conceived of a brilliant feature set—and the serverless, playerless modes and DRM have undeniable appeal—VX30 offers little if any competitive advantage when it comes to video quality, and its quirks ultimately lend it a rookie feel. Once you get by the rough edges, however, it makes sense as a low-cost alternative to a player upgrade.
Fri., July 6, by Jan Ozer
Featured Articles, Posted 06 Jul 2007

Burst Gains Ground for its Patent Validity in Court Battle with Apple

With the lawsuits filed against Burst.com now through the Markman phase, it appears likely that Apple's best bet will be to settle with the smaller company.
Mon., May 14, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 14 May 2007

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