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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.

Haivision Releases Makito X4 4K With 8 Core Encoding Engine

This latest upgrade has similar power requirements as the original model, yet promises a 16x increase in performance.

Bitmovin's Free Tool Offers OTT Encoding Recommendations

Publishers are invited to test their content with a free online resource that shows the quality and bandwidth improvements of per-title encoding.

Dolby Acquires Hybrik to Grow Media Processing Business

Dolby Laboratories has plans to build up its media processing business, and believes an acquisition of Hybrik will help it get there.

Telestream to Show Self-Healing Live Video Architecture at IBC

Project Orchid promises to improve service quality while lowering cost and complexity, Telestream says, by solving problems on its own.

Web Event: Advanced Live Streaming Technologies and Strategies

From the World Cup to the executive suite, nothing presents more opportunites and more challenges than live streaming. Join us on May 17 for a webinar that looks at technologies and strategies to help you maximize your live streaming efforts.

HLS and H.264 Top Dogs in 2018 Encoding.com Global Format Report

The strong got stronger in 2017, with HLS and H.264 growing while VP9 took a tumble. Despite all the noise around 4K, it still isn't used much.

AV1 Is Finally Here, but Intellectual Property Questions Remain

Today the Alliance for Open Media froze the AV1 bitstream and released an unoptimized software encoder and decoder; AV1 decode should arrive in several browsers and some content from member companies over the next few months, with hardware implementations in about a year.

Bitmovin Intros AI-Powered Video Encoding That Learns Over Time

A three-pass process will learn from previous encodes to speed processing time and deliver better optimized files.

HEVC Advance Cuts Content Fees on Streaming

HEVC Advance is eliminating subscription and title-by-title royalty fees for non-physical content distribution, and it's adding reduced royalty rates for low-end consumer devices.

Cisco, Harmonic, Ericsson, AT&T Tout NBC Olympic Partnerships

The Winter Olympics have begun, and the biggest companies in video streaming are celebrating their specific contributions.

AV1 Beats VP9 and HEVC on Quality, if You've Got Time, says Moscow State

Latest codec quality comparison study finds AV1 tops on quality, but far behind on speed, and that VP9 beats out HEVC. Moscow State also launched Subjectify.us, a new service for subjectively comparing video quality.

Apple Joins Alliance for Open Media: What Does it Mean?

While Apple's technical motives might be simple, their strategic motives appear more complicated: If it wants to build a video service that competes with Netflix and Amazon, it has to deliver to all devices, not just its own.

Review: AJA HELO Streaming & Recording Device

The AJA HELO H.264 Encoder is an excellent entry into the existing AJA line of products. Don't let the small form factor fool you--this device packs advanced compression control, streaming, recording, and scheduling features for a reasonable price.

Content Delivery and Live Streaming Summits Return to Streaming Media East

Both the Content Delivery Summit and the Live Streaming Summit will be back as part of this year's Streaming Media East event, with new chairs and new ideas.

Mux Branches Out With Mux Video, Promises Easy Optimization

When it comes to encoding settings, don't just "set it and forget it." Mux Video dynamically encodes videos when needed to provide the best results.

New Video Meetup Features Streaming Media Editors

The SMAdvancedForum video meetup looks to resurrect the spirit and substance of the Streaming Media Advanced Forum email list of yore, and launches this Thursday.

Bitmovin Survey: HLS Still Dominates, but DASH is on the Rise

Bitmovin surveyed respondents across the globe, finding the lowest DASH usage in the U.S. and the highest in APAC and LATAM.

Got 4K Content? Sony DADC NMS Has You Covered

At IBC, Sony DADC New Media Services will show off its 4K cloud workflow, in partnership with Amazon Web Services and Hybrik

V-Nova Integrating Perseus 2 Compression Into Theoplayer

The lightweight codec designed for streaming high-quality video over any network meets the player meant for any platform or device.

Panopto Adds RTMP Ingest, Multi-Camera Live Streaming for Enterprise

Upgrades to the enterprise platform make it easier to reach viewers around the globe and send multiple streams without the need for live switching.