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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.

NAB 2019: Encoding.com Talks About its 2019 Global Media Format Report

Streaming Media's Jan Ozer and Encoding.com's Greg Heil discuss findings from the 2019 Global Media Format report, such as why better codecs don't always find wide adoption.

NAB 2019: NETINT Talks High-Density H.265 Encoding

Streaming Media's Jan Ozer and NETINT's Ray Adensamer discuss NETINT's Codensity T400, which is aimed at companies that need to do large live video encoding jobs at scale.

NAB 2019: Epic Labs Talks LightFlow Per-Title Encoding

Epic Labs debuted LightFlow, one of the most exciting services to break at this year's NAB. LightFlow combines per-title encoding with network modeling, as well as per-device-type encoding. In this video interview, Epic Labs founder and CEO Alfonso Peletier explains the benefits it offers.

NAB 19 Encoding and QoE Highlights: Here's What Mattered

See you later, per-title encoding. There's a new system in town and it's called context-aware encoding. Learn which companies unveiled CAE solutions at NAB, as well as other streaming breakthroughs.

H.264 Continues to Dominate, and AV1 Is Looking for a Day Job

The annual Global Media Format Report is out from Encoding.com, and it's essential reading for streaming produceres looking for hard data on the state of video formats, codecs, and DRM.

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.

Buyers' Guide to Context-Aware Encoding 2019

2018 was the year that context-aware encoding (CAE) went mainstream, but 2019 will be the year that context-aware encoding reaches critical mass.

Buyers' Guide to Video Quality Metrics

Video quality measurement is more crucial than ever. In this buyers' guide, we'll identify the most commonly used metrics and discuss tools that deploy them.

Buyers' Guide to Per-Title Encoding

Per-title encoding is now a required feature on most encoding platforms. Here's an overview of the features to look for, and how to get the most out of them

Buyers' Guide to Encoding Appliances 2019

Software encoding, especially in the cloud, is all the rage these days. So why stick with on-premises hardware? There are good reasons for keeping operations in-house.

How to Automate FFmpeg and Bento4 With Bash Scripts

With just a few beginner-level scripts, you can encode and package multiple filds to HLS and DASH output using open source tools.

Review: Teradek VidiU Go

I found the VidiU Go to be up to the Teradek standard of professional production gear, now for the mobile, bonded streaming audience.

Review: Videon’s Shavano 4K HEVC Video Encoder

If you're looking to add the capabilities of HEVC to your live streams, we recommend giving the Videon Shavano a test drive.

Speak at Streaming Media East 2019

Executives and engineers from companies like Facebook, Google, Netflix, Hulu, and Disney have presented at Streaming Media East in the past. This year, we'll be featuring the OTT Leadership Summit, Video Engineering Summit, and Live Streaming Summit, and it could be your turn.

Elecard Video Quality Estimator: Review

This video analysis tool—VideoQuest for short—offers deeper metrics and is more configurable than others on the market, especially when exploring the differences between two encoded files.

AV1: A First Look

FFmpeg 4.0 gives many video engineers their first chance to test the new AV1 codec against H.264, HEVC, 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.

The 2018 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Award Winners

The winners were announced today at Streaming Media West in Huntington Beach, California. Click through to see who took home this year's prizes.

SMW '18: Twitch's Tarek Amara Talks Multi-Codec Streaming

Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Twitch's Tarek Amara at Streaming Media West 2018.

SMW '18: Beamr's Mark Donnigan Talks All-In HEVC

Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Beamr VP Marketing Mark Donnigan at Streaming Media West.

SMW '18: Teradek's Jon Landman Introduces the HEVC-Ready VidiU GO

Tim Siglin interviews Teradek VP Marketing Jon Landman at Streaming Media West 2018.