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Encoding and transcoding video is at the heart of online video, and Streaming Media offers deep dives into encoding parameters, bitrate ladders, per-title encoding, content/context-aware encoding, CBR, VBR, and ABR. Here you’ll find the latest news, reviews, tests, and analysis to help you stay on the top of your encoding/transcoding game.

SMW '19: Brightcove Talks Context-Aware Encoding, 4K, and HEVC

Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews Brightcove Technology Fellow Yuriy Reznik at Streaming Media West 2019.

SMW '19: DVEO Talks Cloud Encoding on the Rise

Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews DVEO founder Laszlo Zoltan at Streaming Media West 2019.

SMW '19: Teradek Talks End-to-End Encryption and 4K HEVC

Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews Teradek VP of Sales Jon Landman at Streaming Media West 2019.

The 2019 Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Award Winners

The people have spoken. These are their choices for the best products and services in 28 categories from analytics to webcasting and everything in between.

SMW '19: Wowza Talks ClearCaster Expansion

Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews Wowza Media Systems Director of Sales Engineering Tim Dougherty at Streaming Media West 2019.

SMW '19: Telestream Talks Wirecast Now and Future

Telestream Senior Product Manager Lynn Elliott and Streaming Media Contributing Editor Tim Siglin discuss current and upcoming developments for Telestream's Wirecast live production solution in this interview from Streaming Media West 2019.

Streaming Live From the Battlefield: Military Video in 2019

Metadata and low-latency video create a tactical advantage in intelligence-gathering and decision making. Discover why HEVC is gaining momentum in the armed forces, and Android is preferred over iOS.

The State of CMAF: The Holy Grail or Just Another Format?

It's all the buzz on the conference circuit, but deployment challenges mean CMAF hasn't taken over the streaming world yet. Here's why it's getting so much attention.

Inside MPEG's Ambitious Plan to Launch 3 Video Codecs in 2020

The pace of innovation is getting faster and the demands on video codecs are getting greater. MPEG's three-part plan answers questions of royalties, licensing, and computational efficiency. Meet VVC, MPEG-5 Part 1 (EVC), and MPEG-5 Part 2 (LCEVC).

IBC '19: Telestream Says High-Quality Streaming Is Table Stakes

"We want to be the defacto standard for video processing, workflow automation, and quality management," says Telestream CEO Scott Puopolo.

Achieving Zero Latency for Video and Audio Is a Zero-Sum Game

In the AV world, zero-frame latency isn't just a pipe dream—it's a requirement. Here's why the streaming industry would do well to pay attention.

Hardware-Based Transcoding Solutions Roundup: Testing Performance

We put hardware-based solutions from NVIDIA, Intel, and NGCodec to the test to see which offers the strongest performance and the highest quality.

The 2019 Streaming Media 50: The 50 Companies That Matter Most in Online Video in 2019

Our exclusive industry-defining list is back for 2019. Here are the 50 companies every Streaming Media reader must know, the ones leading us into the future. These are the most important, innovative, and interesting companies in the online video universe.

Video Compression for Machines: The Next Frontier

Self-driving cars will see the road for you, and MPEG is working on standards for machine-to-machine video creation and consumption for the AI-powered neural networks that will make it happen.

The List of the 50 Companies That Matter Most in Online Video in 2019

Our panel of streaming media experts has spoken, and these are the 50 companies doing the most important and innovative work in online video today.

5 Questions With the CTO of Livepeer on Its Business and Funding

Last week, peer-to-peer video encoding company Livepeer announced $8 million in Series A funding. We ask the company's CTO for details on his company's unusual, possibly revolutionary, business model.

Discover the Six FFmpeg Commands You Can’t Live Without

Anyone who does performance or benchmark testing, please take a look: The six commands in this article help with essential tasks that crop up in any studio or encoding facility.

SME '19: Tim Siglin Recaps Highlights of Streaming Media East

Tim Siglin of Streaming Media and Help Me! Stream hits the high points of two days of interviews and industry trends from Streaming Media East 2019.

SME '19: Twitch's Tarek Amara Talks Multi-Codec Streaming

Streaming Media's Tim Siglin and Twitch's Tarek Amara discuss Twitch's developing the emerging codec landscape and Twitch's multi-codec content delivery strategy on the show floor at Streaming Media East 2019.

The Streaming Media Producer 25

The inaugural Streaming Media Producer 25 highlights companies that make gear that not only demonstrates promise or prowess in a single stage in the process, but fits well in a kit that makes your live production workflow work.