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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.

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Review: Videon EdgeCaster EZ (w/ LiveEdge Core 8.5)

This review will highlight Videon's EdgeCaster video encoding appliance and explore its unique LiveEdge Compute technology for encoding and delivery, as well as how it works with popular video streaming platforms. I'll also discuss why many video production and remote production teams will likely move to a tool such as this in the future for streaming delivery.

The 2022 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards

The readers have spoken! Here are the top technical solutions of 2022, as determined by none other than the readers of Streaming Media.

Review: Moscow State University Video Quality Measurement Tool 14.1

Unlimited file analysis and Python interface highlight the new features

Google Chrome Plays HEVC: What Does it Mean?

In late September, Google quietly let slip the news that it now offers playback support for HEVC in Chrome when it's already available in the underlying platform. This is bigger news than Google is letting on, but its immediate impact remains to be seen. We surveyed a number of experts and analysts to gauge its meaning for increased HEVC usage and more, and how it affects DRM and HDR.

The 2022 Streaming Media 50: The 50 Tech Companies That Matter Most in Online Video

Welcome to the 2022 Streaming Media 50, our annual list that foregrounds the industry's most innovative and influential technology suppliers, service providers, and platforms, as acclaimed by our editorial team. Some are large and established industry standard-bearers, while others are comparably small and relatively new arrivals that are just beginning to make a splash. All set themselves apart from the crowd with their innovative approach and their commitment to serve the customer and advance the industry. It's the fifth year we've capped the list at 50 companies.

Q&A: Brightcove CEO Marc DeBevoise

The new Brightcove CEO talks about helping enterprises act like media companies.

Review: Telestream Wirecast Gear 3

The newly released Wirecast Gear 3 combines a change from Intel to AMD CPUs and a rearchitected software engine that Telestream claims "uses up to 60% less computer resources than previous versions." In this review, I tested the new version of hardware and software to its limits and came away very impressed.

Netflix's Andrey Norkin Talks Future of AV1

Streaming Learning Center's Jan Ozer interviews Netflix Senior Research Scientist - Video Algorithms and Alliance for Open Media co-chair Andrey Norkin about several topics around the future of AV1, including the necessity of HDR for premium content producers, Libaom's focus on SVT-AV1, and more.

The 2022 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards Finalists

More than 1,600 readers voted in 22 categories. We'll announce the winners at Streaming Media West in Huntington Beach on November 16, but here's a tease—the top three vote-getters in each category. And you just might be surprised at the names you see.

AOMedia Delivers on SVT-AV1's Promise

With the recent launch of version 1.0, SVT-AV1 appears to have caught up with libaom in quality, with very definite performance advantages. Its two-pass rate control is tested and proven. If you're creating an AV1 encoding workflow today that emphasises encoding speed and quality, SVT-AV1 should definitely be on your short list.

YoloLiv YoloBox Mini

In this review, I am going to be taking a look at YoloLiv's latest little streaming box, the YoloBox Mini

Tutorial: Publishing HDR Video to YouTube

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to publish HDR videos from your iPhone to YouTube, with an intermediate step through Adobe Premiere Pro.

Location, Location, Location: Cloud vs. On-Prem vs. Hybrid Streaming Workflows

Everything streaming is moving to the cloud, right? Not so fast. Where you keep your content and do your work depends on your own particular circumstances. And on-prem is by no means dead.

Telestream COO Jon Wilson Talks Encoding.com Acquisition

Streaming Media Contributing Editor Jan Ozer interviews Telestream President & COO Jon Wilson about Telestream's acquisition of Encoding.com and its implications for Telestream and the streaming industry at large.

Buyers' Guide: Per-Title Encoding

In per-title encoding, an encoding service creates a unique encoding ladder for each video file. While available for live streaming, per-title encoding is most often utilized with video on demand.

How to Implement Low-Latency HLS (LL HLS)

Rather than focusing on random tasks, this tutorial will walk you through the fundamentals of encoding for low latency HLS with FFmpeg, OBS, Mux Video, and THEOplayer

How to Encode with FFmpeg 5.0

Rather than focusing on random tasks, this tutorial will walk you through the fundamentals of encoding with the latest version of FFmpeg.

Testing EVC, VVC, and LCEVC: How Do the Latest MPEG Codecs Stack Up?

Jan Ozer put EVC, VVC, and LCEVC through the paces, checking each for not only encoding quality, encoding complexity, and playback efficiency but also power consumption. Each one has its pros and cons; read on to find out how they all performed.

Tutorial: Automated ABR With AWS Elemental MediaConvert

In a recent survey, two-thirds of respondents said they weren't using per-title encoding, possibly because of the general perception that its challenges outweigh its benefits. In this tutorial, I'll demonstrate how simple it is to produce per-title output using AWS Elemental's Automated ABR (adaptive bitrate) function.

Moscow State's Dr. Dmitriy Vatolin Talks Codecs and Quality

The head of the Moscow State University Graphics and Media Lab—the people behind VQMT and Subjectify.us—offers his insights into objective and subjective metrics, as well as VMAF hacking and AV1.