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Jan Ozer

Contributing Editor

Jan Ozer (jan@streaminglearningcenter.com) is a streaming media producer and consultant, a frequent contributor to industry magazines and websites on streaming-related topics, and the author of Video Encoding by the Numbers. He blogs frequently at streaminglearningcenter.com.

Articles for Jan Ozer

Video: How to Find the Optimal Data Rate for Your Video

Streaming Learning Center's Jan Ozer discusses per-title encoding strategies including constant rate factor (CRF) encoding in this clip from his presentation at Streaming Media West 2018.

Good News: AV1 Encoding Times Drop to Near-Reasonable Levels

The first tests of AV1 showed glacial encoding times that seriously detracted from the codec's usability. But since then encoding times have improved enough that AV1 is almost usable—and we've got the charts to prove it.

Video: Objective Quality Metrics--What You Need to Know

Streaming Learning Center's Jan Ozer lays out the basics of objective quality metrics for encoding assessments in this clip from his presentation at Streaming Media West 2018.

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.

What Is Streaming?

A high-level view of state of streaming media in 2019, and the concepts and and technologies that make it work.

Solutions Abound for High-Volume Live Video Cloud Transcoding

Streaming Media West provided a look at new options for demanding live cloud transcoding jobs. Here's a rundown for those who couldn't be there.

Tutorial: Fixing Flawed Audio in Adobe Creative Cloud

Suffering from common audio problem? Read this entry-level tutorial to learn how to remove transient noises like pops and clicks, clean up pervasive background noises, and punch up weak-sounding audio.

A Video Codec Licensing Update

The fragmented, frustrating future of HEVC licensing dominated discussion at the Media Coding Industry Forum's recent meeting, which attempted to influence licensing for the upcoming Versatile Video Codec.

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.

Creating a Recipe for Codec Success to Please All Palates

Looking back and the successes and misfires of H.264, HEVC, and VP9 show what the industry can expect from AV1 and VVC.

Inxpo Studio: Reviewing the Premium Tier Webinar Platform

For outstanding results with online marketing, sales, and training web webinars, look to Inxpo Studio. This review explains how to get up and running.

Unified Patents Challenges Velos Media Patent

The SEP Video Codec Zone also will provide companies targeted by HEVC IP owners with unique data and tools to negotiate fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory licenses

Demuxed '18 Highlights: The Future of Codecs and Compression

The annual conference for video engineers by video engineers produced must-watch sessions from Akamai, YouTube, Mux, and many others. Here's a survey of useful sessions, along with a link to the video library.

Video Engineering Summit: Netflix to Discuss VMAF's Future

In a presentation at Streaming Media West's Video Engineering Summit, Netflix software engineer Zhi Li will discuss the latest developments in VMAF, the quality metric Netflix developed and has open sourced.

At the Battle of the Codecs, Answers on AV1, HEVC, and VP9

Ahead of Streaming Media West, a meeting of codec experts offers new developments in leading-edge codecs, as well as field reports from companies already using them.

Review: Subjectify.us, a Site for Subjective Video Comparisons

Moscow State University makes subjective comparisons less time-consuming with an online service that enlists other people to watch and rank videos.

New Codecs Are Coming; Here's How to Evaluate Codec Evaluations

When comparing the video quality created by different codecs, consider the companies running the comparisons and the metrics they're offering.

HEVC, VP9, AV1, and VVC: Presenting a Codec Update in 11 Charts

Is AV1 all that people expect it to be? How much better would HEVC be doing with a fair royalty policy? Look to these charts for the answers to tomorrow's codec questions.

TechSmith Camtasia 2018 Review: More Evolution than Revolution

The addition of project themes and 60 fps editing makes the trusted screencam program more useful, and some will get rendering speed improvements.

Time to Start Testing: FFmpeg Turns 4.0 and Adds AV1 Support

AV1 delivers equivalent quality to HEVC, but with a lower data rate. For now, though, it's slow. A five-second clip took 23 hours and 46 minutes to encode.

Behind the Scenes at Facebook Live: Architecting a Success

Facebook Live has changed the way publishers deliver live video. In this interview, learn about the tool's past, present, and future from two of the engineers responsible for creating it.

Jury Levels $7.7 Million Judgment Against Huawei for H.264 Patent Infringement

The settlement says that H.264-related charges are not limited by FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) requirements, and may have implications for all users of H.264 encode and decode capabilities, especially Android devices.

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.

A Hybrid Approach Guides the Changing Face of On-Prem Encoding

Demand for on-prem encoding is waning, and vendors are responding with innovative hybrid approaches that offer the best of on-prem and the cloud.

Testing HEVC: Please Take a Moment to Help Measure Performance

Early testing of HEVC playback in HLS showed positive but inconsistent results. We need StreamingMedia.com readers to step up and help provide more data.

Return of the Codec Wars: A New Hope—a Streaming Summer Sequel

The rebel AV1 codec launched at NAB. Is it ready to use the force and go head-to-head with the galactic empire of H.264, HEVC, and VP9?

Video: Pros and Cons of Going Direct to Multiple Platforms with Live Encoding

Streaming Learning Center's Jan Ozer looks at the advantages and disadvantages of encoding directly to multiple social platforms in this clip from Live Streaming Summit at Streaming Media East 2018.

Per-Title Video Encoding: The Time to Get Started Is Now

Now widely available, per-title encoding makes whatever codec publishers are already using more efficient by creating a custom optimized encoding ladder.

How to Choose a Live Streaming Platform

There are more options available for live streaming. This guide will help you determine which services are right for your technical parameters and business goals.

What Does Netflix Know About Prime Time Video Streaming, Anyway?

Sometimes an industry benchmark—such as Netflix's ISP Speed Index—only tells half the story about video delivery. Before picking a codec, dig a little deeper.

How to Publish to Multiple Social Platforms Simultaneously Using Adobe Media Encoder

This tutorial demonstrates how to publish a single video to multiple social media and other websites from Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder.

How to Measure Video Encoding QoE

An insightful new service called Mux Data makes quality of experience monitoring and analysis easy. This illustrated guide explains how to use it when diagnosing problems big and small.

Buyers' Guide to Cloud VOD Encoding

When moving to the cloud, don't let price be the only consideration. This guide explains the different categories for cloud VOD encoding and the features to look for in each.

NAB Roundup: The State of HEVC, AV1, and Proprietary Codecs

H.264 still leads, HEVC is starting to gain traction, and AV1 had its coming-out party. To add to the confusion, other codecs offer alternatives to all three. Jan Ozer makes sense of all the codec news from this year's NAB.

NAB 2018: Bitmovin Talks Codec Comparison Test Findings

Bitmovin's Christian Feldmann talks with Streaming Media's Jan Ozer about the AV1 encoding quality gains the company found in comparison to HEVC

NAB 2018: Mux's Jon Dahl Talks QoE and Mux Video

Mux CEO Jon Dahl talks about the company's QoE flagship QoE product and Mux Video, a new API to video hosting and streaming.

NAB 2018: NGcodec Talks FPGA-Accelerated Encoding

NGcodec CEO Oliver Gunasekara talks about how his company uses field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) available on standard cloud computers to accelerate high-quality encoding of HEVC and VP9 video, and what this might mean for AV1.

NAB 2018: V-Nova Talks PERSEUS and Delivery Platforms

V-Nova co-founder and CEO Guido Meardi describes how his company has taken the PERSEUS codec launched three years ago and produced a finished product playable in all browsers and mobile devices, and many STB and OTT platforms.

NAB 2018: Reza Rassool Talks RealNetworks HD

RealNetworks CTO Reza Rassool discusses RealNetworks HD, a powerful, lightweight codec that's gained very substantial share in China and now is coming to the US. He also describes a report showing that his codec delivers better quality than HEVC.

NAB 2018: Capella Talks Software Encoding and Emerging Codecs

Streaming Media's Jan Ozer interviews Capella Systems' Ikuyo Yamada in the Capella booth at NAB and discusses HEVC, AV1, and Dolby Vision.

NAB 2018: Encoding.com Talks Real-World Use of HEVC and VP9

Jan Ozer spoke with Greg Heil, CEO and co-founder of encoding.com about the results of the Encoding.com Global Media Format Report (2017), particularly as it relates to the actual usage of HEVC and VP9 by Encoding.com customers.

NAB 2018: Beamr's Tom Vaughan Talks Emerging Codec Uptake

Streaming Media's Jan Ozer interviews Beamr VP of strategy Tom Vaughan in the Beamr booth at NAB 2018 about HEVC and AV1

NAB 2018: Netflix's Anne Aaron Talks AV1 Adoption

Streaming Media's Jan Ozer interviews Netflix' Anne Aaron at the AV1 Coming Out Party at NAB 2018, where she discusses Netflix' plans for the codec as well as how HEVC will continue to play a prominent role.

NAB 2018: The Alliance for Open Media Talks AV1 Launch

Streaming Media's Jan Ozer interviews Alliance for Open Media executive director Gabe Frost at NAB 2018, talking about AV1's launch, its future, and how it will likely co-exist with HEVC

NAB 2018: Mozilla Talks Daala, Firefox, and AV1

Mozilla researchers Nathan Egge and Michael Bebenita discuss Daala's role in the AV1 codec, and how a codec can be developed without stepping on third-party IP. They also discuss early performance numbers and when AV1 decode will be available in Firefox.

NAB 2018: Stefan Lederer Talks Bitmovin Toolbox

Streaming Media's Jan Ozer interviews Bitmovin CEO Stefan Lederer in the Bitmovin booth at NAB 2018 to talk about the company's $30 million funding, AV1, and its new machine learning-based encoding.

Video: Two Hardware Solutions for Streaming Directly to Multiple Platforms

Jan Ozer discusses simultaneous streaming to multiple platforms simultaneously using Matrox Monarch HDX and Teradek T-Rax at Live Streaming Summit West 2017.

Video: Pros and Cons of On-Premise Software-Based Streaming

Jan Ozer discusses bandwidth, latency, and other issues associated with on-prem and cloud-based streaming solutions in this clip from Live Streaming Summit West 2017.

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.

Moscow State Updates VQMT With New Metrics

Moscow State University's Video Quality Measurement Tool was already good. Enhancements in the new version, including new metrics and the ability to run multiple analyses simultaneously, make it even better.

How to Create a Live HLS Feed With HEVC

It's not easy, but it can be done, as long as you have the right tool and know the tricks. Here are eight steps to success using Softvelum Nimble Streamer.

How to Live Stream to Multiple Destinations

Reaching multiple viewing platforms with a single live video stream used to be impossible, but not anymore. Here's how to do it with Switchboard Cloud.

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.

Facebook Introduces New 360°/VR Video Quality Metric

VR and 360° video has all of the compression-related issues of flat video, and then some. Facebook's new metrics, called SSIM360 and 360QVM, might simplify quality analysis for developers in the future, particularly if Facebook open sources the metrics.

Buyers' Guide to Per-Title Encoding 2018

If you're not already using per-title encoding, it's time. Here's a guide to choosing the tool that's best for you.

Buyers' Guide to Live Encoders 2018

While nearly any encoder can connect to any streaming service, some encoders make it easier than others. Here's how to choose the right tool for the job.

The Future of HEVC Licensing Is Bleak, Declares MPEG Chairman

Thanks to a fractured HEVC licensing system companies no longer have the financial incentive to innovate, but Leonardo Chiariglione suggests steps to reverse the damage.

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.

Three Truths About Virtual Reality Success From a VR Novice

The creativity behind immersive VR filmmaking is only matched by the software engineering creativity that makes this type of video possible.

Wowza's Anthony Lazaro Talks ClearCaster and Pro 1080p Streaming to Facebook Live

Jan Ozer and Wowza's Anthony Lazaro discuss the development, strategy, current features, and product roadmap for the Wowza ClearCaster, including support for professional 1080p streaming to Facebook Live.

HEVC in HLS: 10 Key Questions for Streaming Video Developers

Many who heard that Apple is adding support for HEVC playback in HTTP Live Streaming were left with more questions than answers. Here's what developers need to know.

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: Wowza ClearCaster

If you absolutely, positively have to stream a successful live event on Facebook Live, ClearCaster is very definitely worth a very hard look.

Divideon Creates xvc, an HEVC Codec With Reasonable Pricing

The surprise royalty payments on HEVC have some publishers looking for alternatives. Learn how one company created a better codec price plan.

Roundup: Simple and Affordable Videoconferencing Solutions

If you perform enough interviews for live streaming, before long you'll want to interview someone who's not at your location. For this roundup, we tested three videoconferencing solutions: vMix Call, Telestream Wirecast Rendezvous, and NewTek TalkShow.

How to Choose and Use Objective Video Quality Benchmarks

If you're not using a video quality measurement tool, you're behind the curve. Here's a look at the most popular tools and how they work.

Apple Got It Wrong: Encoding Specs for HEVC in HLS

Adding HEVC to your HLS streams is looking like a no brainer, but if you decide to do so, you may not want to take Apple's HEVC encoding recommendations verbatim. You'll deliver noticeably higher quality video if you follow the advice detailed below.

HEVC in HLS: How Does It Affect Device Performance?

If you're adding HEVC to your HLS video, you're likely concerned about the playback frame rate and battery live on the iPhones, iPads, and computers to which you're delivering. We tested a range of devices, and found the CPU impact to be negligible on most of them.

One Title at a Time: Comparing Per-Title Video Encoding Options

Save on bandwidth and keep costs down: Per-title video encoding solutions let publishers break free from fixed encoding ladders. Explore the benefits of four methods.

Status Update: Encrypted Media Extensions and the Future of DRM

While publishers wait for a single content encryption system that works across all browsers, standards bodies debate the future of EME. Here's what rights management will look like in a post-plugin world.

Review: Blackmagic Design Web Presenter

Blackmagic Web Presenter ($495) is a standalone, dual-input capture device that can make SDI or HDMI sources look like a webcam for input into Skype or any livestreaming software program.

Comparing Quality Metrics Up and Down the Encoding Ladder

How can publishers compare video quality at different resolutions? There's the theoretically correct answer and then there's how it's generally done.

Demuxed: A Video Engineer's Nirvana

This year's Demuxed event was jam-packed with 19 speakers covering topics including HDR, AV1, per-title encoding, low latency, optimization, and more.

The Changing Face (and Price) of the On-Prem Video Encoder

The last few years have seen huge changes in how video encoding gets done, and that means new pricing options. Explore the various choices before making a decision.

Tutorial: Streaming Video Conferences with Telestream Wirecast Rendezvous

This tutorial details how to stream video conferences using the new Rendezvous feature introduced in Telestream Wirecast 8.

MediaMelon QBR Review: Optimizing Video Streams One-by-One

MediaMelon says it saves bandwidth costs by analyzing individual encoded streams and delivering each at its ideal visual quality. We put those claims to the test.

W3C Announces Publication of EME as a "Recommendation or Web Standard;" EFF Leaves

Upon publication, the Electronic Freedom Foundation resigned from the World Wide Web Consortium over lack of covenant protecting developers from potential intellectual property lawsuits under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Wowza ClearCaster Streams up to 1080p to Facebook Live

Wowza's first hardware appliance is a rack-mountable unit that can stream 1080p with real-time stream monitoring using Facebook Live's new Live API

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.

AV1: A Status Update

Netflix and YouTube could start using AV1 as soon as early 2018, while hardware implementations will take much longer.

One to Many: Streaming Live Video to Multiple Platforms

If you're delivering a live video stream, you likely want to publish it on as many platforms as possible. Here's the best hardware and software to pull it off.

Measure it, Improve it: For Video Publishers, QoE and QoS are Critical

Today's market is too competitive for subpar experiences. If companies aren't monitoring quality of service and quality of experience, they're likely losing viewers—and profits.

AV1 and Legal Challenges: Does the Codec Have a Future?

Some of the best minds in the streaming industry say AV1 will be challenged by infringement claims, but some of the best minds could be wrong.

MainConcept SDK Creates Manifest Files for HEVC/H.264 HLS Video

Apple adding HEVC support to HLS this fall is a huge step forward for the codec. An announcement from MainConcept makes file creation easier.

NewTek Intros NDI 3 and NDI PTZ Camera

With NDI version 3.0 NewTek extends the technology to cameras and converter/capture devices, where it will supplement or supplant technologies like 3G SDI and HDMI

New FCC Caption Requirements: What You Need to Know

New captioning requirements went into effect on July 1 for live, near-live, and prerecorded broadcast video that is put online.

New Report from Wowza Evaluates Live Streaming Latency

The report, "Create the Streaming Media Experience Users Want," focuses on time to first frame and end-to-end latency in five markets: user-generated content, online gaming, sports, news, and radio.

Cellular Bonding for Live Event Streaming: The State of The Art

If you take the steps and follow the guidelines provided within this article, you should be able to configure, acquire, and use a functional cellular bonding system that reliably gets your signal up to the cloud, and to multiple output points from there.

Going Low: The Encoding Secrets for Small Sizes With High Quality

Netflix's compact mobile download files look surprisingly great. Here's how video creators make their own low-bitrate files look just as impressive.

Review: Telestream Wirecast Gear

Successfully using all of the desktop mixing features in Telestream Wirecast features requires a powerful, finely tuned computer. Telestream recently released its own series of bundled systems, Wirecast Gear. In this review, we put a test system through its paces.

The HEVC Soap Opera: Keeping Track of Players and Costs

This isn't exactly the summer reality show many are looking for. The way HEVC patent pools are growing is likely to make AV1 an especially popular option.

Deluxe's Martin Zeichner on HDR

Deluxe Encore Post colorist Martin Zeichner discusses the differences between Dolby Vision and HDR10

Netflix Talks Dolby Vision and HDR10

Netflix shares its secrets for encoding Dolby Vision and HDR10, as well as the technical requirements for shooting and editing Netflix video titles

Blackest Blacks: Ten Things to Know About Producing HDR

Shake your viewers all night long with the best-looking high dynamic range video imaginable. For those about to color grade, we salute you.

Apple Embraces HEVC: What Does it Mean for Encoding?

At its Worldwide Developer Conference this week, Apple announced it would support HEVC/H.265 in High Sierra and iOS 11 in a combination of hardware and software decoding, depending on the device. Here are the details of how Apple will implement it.

NAB 17 Codec Roundup

Netflix shared its encoding secrets, while Beamr, Capella, Haivision, Harmonic, Hybrid, and V-Nova showed off advances in HEVC, HDR, cloud encoding, and more

VP9 Pricing: When Does Adding VP9 Lead to Bandwidth Cost Savings?

A conference question asks when it makes economic sense for a video provider to add a VP9 transcode? We scoped out the variables and did the math.

Review: TechSmith Camtasia 9

Camtasia remains an indispensable tool for screencam producers. As an editor, it's ideal for beginners and even pros seeking to quickly produce simpler, business-oriented features that benefit from Camtasia's attention-grabbing effects.

Bitmovin Pushes AV1 Forward, Joins Alliance for Open Media

Bitmovin announced that it's adding AV1 to its VOD and live encoding service, and will demonstrate live AV1 encoding at NAB. It's still too early to assess whether AV1's performance claims are true, though.

Buyers' Guide to DRM 2017

How it works, the leading technologies, licensing options, business models, and pricing: This guide includes everything content owners need to know to secure their valuable assets.

The State of Codecs 2017

Licensing fees may stall HEVC adoption, while AV1 is nowhere to be seen and VP9 is on the rise. Will 2017 be at eventful as the previous two years?

INXPO STUDIO Moves From Flash to HTML5, Adds Multiple Presenter Capability

Webcasting platform automatically shifts speaker to a larger window, making it easier for viewers to see who's talking

How to: Dynamic Packaging

Need to reach the widest possible audience with the fewest encoding steps? Here's how nonprogrammers can use Wowza Streaming Engine to serve both live and on-demand video.

How to Assemble the Perfect Production Platform for Facebook Live

Streaming live video to Facebook is easy, but if you want professional results you'll need to build a professional system first. Here are the best products to consider.

HLS Still "Industry Standard," Says Encoding.com Report

Though DASH usage went up by more than 50% over 2015, HLS is still the dominant ABR format

Bitmovin Introduces Managed On-Prem Encoding Service

The flexible new service runs on the same software stack as Bitmovin's cloud encoding service

Buyers' Guide to Blocking the Ad Blockers 2017

The best ad-blocking strategy doesn't rely on technology alone, but looks at the root causes that made viewers want to block ads in the first place.

V-Nova Perseus: A Progress Report

Hybrid Perseus is now using HEVC as the base layer, and V-Nova is working on adding inter-frame compression to the codec.

Buyers' Guide to Quality Analytics 2017

For both video encoding and quality of service, content providers need to make sure their viewers get the best experience possible. Here's how to select a quality control service.

Best Practices for Encoding and Delivering Dolby Audio to Apple Devices

Over the course of this three-part tutorial series, we'll show you how to deliver Dolby Audio via HLS and play it back on any audio endpoint, including device speakers, headphones, or external sound systems via AirPlay or HDMI.

YouTube Stops H.264 4K Encoding; Will Apple Get on Board?

Apple Safari has never supported VP8 or VP9, but a move by Google's YouTube pressures it to do so: Safari users can't see new 4K videos on YouTube.

The Changing State of MPEG DASH Royalties: How Bad Will it Get?

MPEG LA's recent announcement of a DASH royalty pool is the first such royalty on free internet video. And this is only the beginning.

Facebook Live Case Studies

We spoke with 15 publishers including PBS, The YES Network, and TechCrunch to find out exactly how they're broadcasting to Facebook Live, and the technology they're using to do it.

Facebook Live: A Progress Report After One Year of Growth

How are organizations such as PBS and TechCrunch using Facebook Live to reach and grow their audiences? The platform has been with us for a year now, so it's time to check in.

What the Nokia-Apple Lawsuit Means for the Streaming Industry

If Nokia's standards infringement lawsuit prevails over Apple, the costs could be steep to any company relying on H.264 or even HEVC. Here are the issues at stake.

CMAF Is Halfway There, But That's Not Far Enough: Commentary

The Common Media Application Format (CMAF) hits a predictable roadblock with encryption, where it enables two incompatible modes. This has one columnist feeling pessimistic.

Containing Costs: How Publishers Can Save Money on ABR Encoding

Many companies spend too much on adaptive bitrate encoding. In turns out there's a pricey way to go about it and a cheaper way. Dynamic packaging to the rescue!

Review: Matrox Monarch LCS

The Matrox Monarch LCS is an inexpensive dual-input lecture capture solution with two output channels that can be independently set for recording and/or streaming.

HEVC Advance Makes Some Software Royalty Free

HEVC Advance says it hopes to speed the adoption of HEVC decoders among the installed base of computers and devices by making some software downloads royalty free

MPEG-DASH Royalties: What We Know So Far

Who will owe royalties on MPEG-DASH? We spoke to MPEG LA to find out. Bottom line: If you use Media Presentation Descriptions (MPDs) in a player or app, it's time to call your attorneys.

The Changing Cloud Encoding Market Leads to Cost Savings

New offerings in cloud video encoding let companies both large and small find the option that makes the most sense for them.

Benchmarking PCs, Capture Cards, and Software Mixers for HD Capture and Streaming

To determine how powerful a system it takes to produce and deliver live event streams, we tested a range of computers, capture devices, and live streaming programs. Read on for the results.

Livestream Mevo Review: An Essential Tool for Social Video

While it has a few rough edges, the hotly anticipated Livestream Mevo lives up to the hype. Create the appearance of a multi-camera shoot with one small 4K device. After testing, we call it a must-have.

The Quality Comparison Conundrum

The sheer number of video quality measurement tools makes it difficult to choose the right metric. Here's a quick overview of some of the options and what they offer.

Review: Livestream Mevo

If you frequently produce live or on-demand videos for social media sites, Livestream Mevo can help you produce more polished and engaging videos. While there are some rough edges in version 1.0, and there is a learning curve for operation, Mevo is an essential tool for any organization seeking to leverage the power of video in its social media marketing.

Netflix Finds x265 20% More Efficient than VP9

Netflix compared 5,000 clips from 500 titles in its library using the x264, x265, and libvpx codecs. x265's implementation of HEVC was the clear winner on quality and efficiency, but whether that matters in light of compatibility and licensing issues isn't so obvious.

Review: Capella Systems Cambria FTC Offers Per-Title Encoding

The benefits of per-title optimization aren't just for the major players, anymore. Streaming Media reviews the first solution for smaller content owners and finds the results promising.

How to Stream to Facebook Live

Anyone can broadcast live on Facebook, but if you want to deliver live video from via a computer with streaming or encoding software, read on.

Netflix Adding TLS to Protect User Privacy

The Netflix Open Connect team announced earlier this week that it would be using Transport Level Security. Here's a look at its innovative approach to protecting viewing data at scale.

First Look: Microsoft Stream Preview Version

Microsoft's new enterprise YouTube isn't ready for prime time yet, but it offers several impressive features making it one to watch over the next 12 to 18 months

Review: EasyLive's Video-Mixer-in-the-Cloud Simplifies Operations

By creating a video mixer that's accessible from any location, EasyLive promises no-fuss live streaming to multiple platforms. Here's how it performed in our testing.

When it Comes to HTML5 Playback, the Devil's in the Details

The promise of a unifying standard to simplify our lives is attractive, but putting it into practice is another thing. Here's how one HTML5 video project got messy in a hurry.

NDI and Live Titling

Anyone who hasn't been watching the live titling space has missed the NDI revolution. As a result, their productions might be falling behind in terms of graphics quality. This article explains what NDI is and how it works, then explores how it enhances the titling capabilities of the NewTek TriCaster, Telestream Wirecast, and vMix Go.

What Is DRM?

The move away from plugins like Flash and Silverlight has made video delivery easier, but it's also made DRM more complicated. Here's what DRM looks like today, along with a discussion of the leading DRM technologies and DRM service providers

Review: V-Nova Perseus: Does its Compression Live Up to the Hype?

London-based V-Nova has made some impressive claims about Perseus, its compression technology. Streaming Media's preliminary testing shows that it lives up to some of them.

The Decline of the Standards-Based Codec—and Good Riddance

Online is different from broadcast and doesn't need formal standards. HEVC isn't considered by many online video streamers, as the future belongs to VP9 and AV1.

Netflix Introduces New Quality Metric

Netflix announced the open-source availability of the Video Multimethod Assessment Fusion, which it's now using instead of PSNR to analyze the quality of transcodes in its vast catalog

VP9 Finally Comes of Age, But Is it Right for Everyone?

Publishers and encoding companies alike are beginning to embrace VP9, Google's open source codec. Here's how it stacks up on quality and data rates.

What Is AV1?

Scheduled to be the first codec released by the Alliance for Open Media, AV1 is positioned to replace VP9 and compete with HEVC. While we don't know many details yet, the backing of the Alliance should give AV1 a significant competitive advantage.

What Is VP9?

VP9 is the open-source codec from Google, and provides a royalty-free alternative to HEVC. It's more efficient than H.264, and while it's less efficient than HEVC, it compares well on quality.

Netflix Discusses VP9-Related Development Efforts

Once counted out, VP9 is on the rise, with support from Netflix, JW Player, Brightcove, and more. In this interview, David Ronca of Netflix talks about VP9 savings, encoding, and testing.

Eventstream Review: Profit From Paid Live Online Video Events

The combination of Eventstream, Eventbrite, and YouTube Live lets anyone charge for a live webinar, generating leads they can use to grow their business. While a strong contender, the help system could be a lot more helpful.

The Cost of the Cloud for Video Encoding: Crunching the Numbers

Cloud encoding companies offer software-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service options. Here's how to decide when to go with the cloud, and which option is right for your needs.

How to Produce Virtual Reality Video for Online Delivery

In this series of articles, learn the tools and workflows used in a recent testing project to see how VR compares to 2D video and audio as an educational tool.

A Progress Report: The Alliance for Open Media and the AV1 Codec

The cross-industry open source Alliance welcomed new members and is making strides with AV1. Meanwhile, HEVC's future seems more uncertain than ever.

How to Choose the Optimal Data Rate for Live Streaming

As a rule, higher data rates equal better quality. But there comes a tipping point where the extra quality might not be worth the extra cost.

How to Encode and Deliver to Multiple ABR Formats

Use a single adaptive group, packaged differently for different targets, to keep encoding and storage costs down.

How to Choose a Live Streaming Schema

Whether you want a provider to handle everything or want to add cloud transcoding and packaging to an existing workflow, these are the questions you need to ask.

Vanguard Acquisition Strengthens Beamr's Market Position

Beamr CTO Dror Gill discusses how Vanguard's encoding and optimization technologies will complement Beamr's offerings and allow for even larger bitrate savings than either company is able to achieve on its own

How to Use Objective Quality Measurement Tools

Objective quality benchmarks provide exceptionally useful data for any producer wanting to substitute fact for untested opinions.

The State of Video Codecs 2016

After a year of uncertainty, HEVC seems poised to finally make inroads, if not for 4K then for bandwidth reduction.

Buyer's Guide to DRM 2016

A simple guide through the complex landscape of multiple DRM technologies. Learn what DRM is, and how to choose and deploy the best solution for each platform.

Conference Research Tests Adaptive Video and Quality Benchmarks

Video encoding professionals should take note of four papers presented at the recent International Symposium on Electronic Imaging. Read on for a detailed assessment.

Buyer's Guide to Enterprise YouTube Platforms 2016

An enterprise YouTube system lets businesses organize and share videos with employees and partners. Read this to learn the features that separate the best from the rest.

Buyer's Guide to Webcasting Platforms 2016

Customization, mobile compatibility, and marketing features are just a few of the checkboxes to tick off.

Technicolor Withdraws from the HEVC Advance Patent Pool

Is this an isolated event or the start of something big? Will it lead to a royalty decrease? And what does it mean for the streaming industry?

Joicaster Review: A Simple Platform for Live Video Distribution

Affordable and easy to operate, Joicaster is a useful syndication tool for streaming live video to multiple destinations. Read our rave review.

The Future of Video Marketing: Dive Into Automation Programs

The right marketing automation program can tie a company's online video campaigns together and turn shoppers into buyers. Learn what these programs offer, how they work with OVPs, and how to choose the right one.

How Netflix Pioneered Per-Title Video Encoding Optimization

One-size-fits-all encoding doesn't produce the best possible results, so Netflix recently moved to per-title optimization. Learn why this improves video quality and saves on bandwidth, but isn't the right model for every company.

Life After Flash: Will Producers Move to HLS, DASH, or Both?

While it's clear that Flash's time is coming to an end, it's less clear what will replace it. A survey shows DASH support, but its real-world use is around one percent.

HEVC Advance Releases Revised Licensing Terms

After widespread criticism of its initial royalty proposal, HEVC Advance has reduced royalty rates and decoupled them from attributable revenue, as well as provided incentives for early adoption and a royalty credit for small publishers.

HEVC's Journey in 2015: Going Downhill and Gaining Speed

This year, HEVC has gone from the heir apparent to an unmanageable mess. Meanwhile, open source codec efforts are focused and progressing. What happened?

Moscow State Releases First HEVC Comparison

In addition to comparing HEVC codecs, report also compares HEVC to VP9 and x264, with potentially controversial results

SSIMWave SQM Review: Frustrating Video Quality Measurement

For compressionists who want to see the image quality differences a tool measures, SSIMWave can feel incomplete. An upcoming update may change that.

Choosing a Capture Card for Multicamera Live Production

To choose the best capture card for mixing live events with PC-based software, pursue multi-part analysis. Learn what features to look for in this article.

Ustream Review: The Live Streaming Service Evolves for New Areas

Not just a live streamer, Ustream supports video-on-demand, enterprise-level security, and lead generation. Its strength, however, is still with live video.

Encoding 2020: Experts Predict the Future of Video Encoding

A Streaming Media survey shows big changes afoot in the next five years, with a move to the cloud, away from Flash, and towards 4K and HEVC.

HEVC Advance Adds MediaTek as a Member and Plans to Adjust Fees

MLB Advanced Media says the proposed royalty isn't reasonable. With pressure mounting, the new patent pool promises an adjustment.

How to Keep Enterprise Video Safe and Secure…Most of the Time

The CEO wants company videos shared in-house, but doesn't want trade secrets ending up on YouTube. Here's a primer on video security for the enterprise.

Is the Alliance for Open Media Taking a Risk in Codec Creation?

In this Q&A with two video IP and technology investment banking professionals, we ask about patent risk, VP 8/9, and the possibility of a third HEVC patent group forming.

Intel Updates Media Server Studio and More

New release includes HEVC support in the Premiere version; Intel has also updated Video Pro Analyzer and Stress Bitstreams and Encoder products

Amazon, Google, and More Working on Royalty-Free Codec

The Alliance for Open Media—including Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix—hopes to deliver a video codec for internet delivery by late 2016 or early 2017; Cisco's Thor technology will be included

Commentary: The Streaming Industry Gangs up on HEVC with the Alliance for Open Media

With Google, Amazon, Cisco, Microsoft, and others joining forces in the Alliance for Open Video to create a new royalty-free codec, an alternative to HEVC (and its controversial royalties) is on the way. Does this spell the beginning of the end for HEVC?

HEVC Advance Royalties: Onerous or Not?

A cost analysis reveals that while HEVC Advance's royalty structure makes HEVC a no-go for TVOD services like M-GO, an SVOD service like Netflix would achieve enough bandwidth savings to offset the royalty payment

HEVC Advance: What Do the Royalties Mean for Video Publishers?

While there have been some heated arguments against the royalties announced by the new patent group, the payments appear to be appropriate. We break it down with real-world numbers.

An Unhappy Surprise: MPEG LA Is Forming a Patent Pool for DASH

Just when Media Source Extensions and Encrypted Media Extensions are making HTML5-based video playback a reality, DASH royalties threaten to derail it.

Choosing a Streaming Appliance

Need a streaming appliance for live event production? Read this to learn the history of the live streaming appliance market, then discover the features that matter when making a purchase.

HTML5 Comes of Age: It's Finally Time to Tell Flash Good-bye

Media source extensions, encrypted media extensions, and DASH offer new possibilities for player-based DRM and increase HTML5's appeal to video publishers.

Video Quality Measurement Requires Objective and Subjective Tests

How can video compressionists assess the quality of different files? Only by combining objective mathematical comparisons with their own professional judgments.

HEVC Advance Misses First Milestone

The second HEVC patent pool promised to announce licensing terms and royalty rates last month, but its press conference was cancelled at the last minute, and no information has been made available.

HDR Is Here—But Don't Rush Out to Buy a New TV Just Yet

If you enjoyed the Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD standards war, you'll love the competing standards for High Dynamic Range. The rest of us, though, would be wise to wait until things shake out before upgrading to enjoy the undeniably better picture HDR has to offer.

Review: Bitcodin, a Cloud Video Encoding Service From Bitmovin

While Bitcodin is still in development and has a few rough edges, it displayed impressive performance and quality in our testing.

Review: Nideo Professional Video Hosting

Smaller companies that need an online video platform for hosting should consider Nideo, which stands apart thanks to its compact, attractive player and comprehensive analytics.

Survey: The Future of Encoding

What will the video encoding landscape look like in 2020? We're conducting a survey to find out, and in exchange for your input, you'll be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Ad Blocking Technology: It’s Not User Choice, It’s Stealing

144 million people around the globe are using ad blockers to skip ads, and some of the biggest companies online are sitting back and letting it happen.

YouTube, On2, and the Economics of Ultra HD: Tallying the Costs

Why did Google purchase On2 Technologies back in 2010? Because encoding and streaming VP9 video is saving it tens of millions each year.

The Great UHD Codec Debate: Google's VP9 Vs. HEVC/H.265

Which delivers better quality, encoding time, and CPU performance—HEVC or VP9? We put them to the test to decide once and for all.

Review: Telestream Wirecast 6

With version 6, Telestream has converted its premier live production software application to 64-bit operation, as well as added playlists, social media support, input from iOS devices, and instant replay.

Review: vMix GO Portable Live Production Solution

Our reviewer puts the vMix GO to the test and finds it an affordable, portable, SDI-based live production and recording solution that uses the best software you've never heard of—although it does have a few rough edges.

New HEVC Patent Pool: What Are the Implications?

Last week, HEVC Advance announced it is forming a new patent pool in addition to the one offered by MPEG LA. While the new group—which will likely include Dolby, GE, Mitsubishi Electric, Philips, and Technicolor—did not announce licensing terms, past precedent indicates that the royalties won't likely be onerous for most encoding and decoding vendors, though how it will affect content publishers is less clear.

How to Package Video for Multiscreen Delivery

The video landscape is vast and fractured, so making sure that video plays on every screen requires careful planning. Here's what publishers need to know.

The State of Video Codecs 2015

H.264 still accounts for most video encoding today, but HEVC/H.265 and VP9 are beginning to make noise. What will 2015 bring?

How to Encode to HEVC: A Simple Guide for H.265 First-Timers

It's time to get started. Here's a look at best practices for encoding to H.265/HEVC with the MainConcept and x265 codecs

Buyer’s Guide to Live Video Encoders 2015

A range of factors—from video formats needed to encoder portability—will impact the decision-making process for a live streaming solution.

Buyer's Guide to Cloud-Based Video Encoding and Transcoding 2015

Encoding for VOD is very different from live transcoding. Here's what you need to know to find a service that serves your needs.

Sayonara Silverlight: How Panopto Switched to Flash and HTML5

In this exclusive interview, Panopto CEO Eric Burns offers the reasons his company left Silverlight behind for Flash video streaming with an HTML5 fallback.

Buyer’s Guide to On-Demand Encoders 2015

In the market for a VOD encoder? Learn the important product categories, the top choices in each, and the right time to upgrade to a more powerful encoder.

Commentary: Flash Is Dead Again (Yawn)

Sure, YouTube now defaults to HTML5 Video and VP9 for most browsers, but don't send flowers to Adobe just yet. Flash still has a lot of life left in it.

Encoding.com Report Offers Insights on Codecs, Formats, and Configurations

In its first report detailing which formats and codecs customers are producing, HLS and H.264 lead the way, and less than 5% of its customers are encoding 4K.

A New CEO Brings Big Product Changes to Sorenson Media

The encoding company's new CEO, Marcus Liassides, has been moving quickly, reorganizing the product lineup for today's broadcasters.

Tutorial: Capture and Stream Presentations with Epiphan Pearl

Epiphan Pearl is a small, dual-input, touchscreen-driven video recording and streaming device for lecture or presentation capture. This tutorial details how to stream and capture live presentations with Pearl.

The Changing Face of DRM: Where Do We Stand in 2015?

Digital rights management is more important than ever. Here's a look at the options available and how they can help you protect and monetize your content.

Review: Moscow State University Video Quality Measurement Tool

Never heard of it? Learn why we call this video encoding analysis tool invaluable, and a must-have for anyone serious about encoding or compression.

High-End Video Transcoder Shootout: Elemental Vs. Telestream

We've upgraded our testing methodology to accurately reflect what broadcasters and other high-volume video publishers ask of their encoding systems. Our first subjects: Elemental Server and Telestream Vantage Lightspeed Server.

3 Essential Tools to Own When Comparing Video Encoding Quality

When an encoding job is highly demanding, it takes powerful gear to create and judge all the files. Here are the right tools for the job.

The Case for VP9

HEVC might be getting all the attention, but Google's VP9 appears to match H.265 in quality and might play a bigger role in the transition from Flash to HTML5

Apple Supports H.265, But So Far Only in FaceTime on an iPhone 6

H.265 is coming to the Android operating system, as well, but it's nowhere to be seen on desktop or notebook computers.

Looking at the Future of Video Encoding With Sorenson Media

Sorenson introduced Squeeze 10 and Squeeze Server 3 today. We conducted a Q&A with Sorenson's general manager to hear how the company is responding to new formats and codecs.

How to Deploy Closed Captions

Whether it's to make your videos accessible to hearing-impaired viewers or to increase SEO, you should be captioning your videos. Here's a look at the tools and services you can use to get started.

Will MSE/EME/DASH Lead to Simpler Workflows? Don't Bet on It

What the online video industry needs is simple standards for reaching all viewers. But when have standards ever simplified online video?

Getting the Most Out of YouTube: 4 Companies Offer Best Practices

If you're publishing video, chances are you're putting at least some of it on YouTube. These four companies offer tips for making sure you're doing it right.

HEVC: Are We There Yet?

If you've spent any time at NAB or IBC, you'd think that HEVC is ready for prime time. The reality is that, for almost every use case, it's nowhere close.

The Cloud Vs. On-Prem Encoding Dilemma

As cloud encoding services have matured, more and more companies are switching or supplementing their on-premises efforts. Here's what some customers are doing.

Amazon Elastic Transcoder: Review

For broadcasters and high-volume producers, Amazon's Elastic Transcoder has too many limitations. For everyone else, it's an appealing, if flawed, solution.

MediaPlatform PrimeTime Review: A Sleek Enterprise YouTube

PrimeTime is an attractive Flash-based option with a clutter-free interface and lifecycle management, but it does have its share of rough edges

TalkPoint Convey Review: Making Webinars Simple

Running a webinar doesn't take IT expertise anymore. TalkPoint Convey is simple enough for beginners and offers a rich set of features -- although pricing is steep.

Don't Buy That UHD TV: It May Go Obsolete Faster Than You Think

Different encoding profiles and color issues mean that today's UHD sets won't play tomorrow's content. Buyers, avoid a costly mistake.

MPEG LA's HEVC Licensing Terms Are Flawed, Will Prevent Adoption

There's no reason for Adobe to add HEVC support to Flash, and that keeps HEVC from becoming relevant for general purpose streaming.

The ROI of Enterprise Webcasting: Justifying the Expense

Cost savings, new revenue opportunities, and extended reach all come into play when determining whether or not webcasting is worth the investment.

Review: Vidizmo EnterpriseTube

Looking for a corporate YouTube, an internal system to organize and stream company videos? This review tests the core features of EnterpriseTube's premium version.

eBay Embraces Enterprise YouTube

The online marketplace uses an enterprise YouTube solution from Qumu for all manner of internal communications, fostering engagement and encouraging innovation across all its divisions

The Codecs That Make UHD Video Possible: HEVC Vs. VP9

Which codec delivers better image quality? Which is more compatible? And what about Daala, the spoiler codec currently being developed from scratch?

Video for the Long Haul: Exploring Backhaul Options

When public IP just isn't reliable enough, it's time to turn to backhaul options such as cellmux, satellite, or fiber to get your video signal where it needs to go.

Yorktel Intros Yorkcast Services, Simplifies Enterprise Webcasts

Building on its years of enterprise video experience, Yorktel now offers a unified service that takes the complexity out of streaming webcasts and webinars.

Stream With Care: Simple Production Tips for Quality Results

Don't settle for lackluster video. Follow these tips when recording video and even low-resolution mobile streams will look good.

Review: Panopto Lecture Capture and Webcasting System

This software-as-a-service solution lets companies and educators create libraries of on-demand content, or stream live to employees or students. We find it well-conceived, but difficult with longer files.

Connesta Enables Cloud-Based Video Switching, Announces Teradek Partnership

Connesta's Cloud Control Room offers switching among an unlimited number of live and VOD inputs; Teradek buyers will get three free months of the service

Apple Changes Encoding Recommendations for HLS

Modifications to audio recommendations and segment size simplify things for producers across the board

A Buyer’s Guide to Field Encoders 2014

A wealth of options makes for tough choices. Here are the questions you need to ask to make sure you choose wisely.

Panopto Greatly Enhances Video Search Capabilities in Version 4.6

Tagging long videos is a chore, so let Panopto do it for you. The latest release includes automated speech recognition and optical character recognition.

How to Make the Move to HEVC

It's still early in the game, but here's everything you need to know about moving to the next-generation video codec.

How to Choose and Implement a Webcasting Solution

So you need to start webcasting—should you choose a webcast platform, a live streaming service provider, or a conferencing solution?

A Buyer’s Guide to Cloud Encoders

Here's what you need to know before you take your encoding to the cloud. (Hint: It's not about video quality.)

A Buyer’s Guide to Live Encoders

Considering producing a live event? Read this to learn the different live encoder categories, as well as the features to look for before buying.

A Buyer’s Guide to Live Streaming Services

From customization and video quality to branding and tech support, the options offered by numerous services vary widely, even if the basic functionality is the same.

How to Encode Video for HLS Delivery

If you need to deliver to mobile devices and via OTT platforms, you need to deliver HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). Apple provides plenty of advice for compressionists, but here are some tips and tricks for encoding and testing your HLS files

In Defense of MPEG LA

Patent pool organization MPEG LA continues to come under fire from the likes of Steve Forbes, but most of the criticism is based on false premises and ignores innovators' right to generate revenue from their work and investments

MPEG LA Announces Proposed HEVC Licensing Terms

The news is good for content owners and not so good for encoding/decoding vendors, but gives everyone a feel for how the issue will play out.

Telestream Wirecast 5: The Definitive Review

The newest version of this popular live video production tool offers significant improvements and is a no-brainer upgrade for existing customers.

How to Produce High-Quality H.264 Video Files

It's time for an H.264 tune-up. Lean how choose the right encoding tool and optimize H.264 encodes for ideal quality and device compatibility.

YouTube and VP9: A Made-for-Press-Release Event

YouTube demonstrating 4K video encoded with VP9 is all sizzle and no steak. Until hardware manufacturers and big names like Apple, Adobe, and Microsoft announce support, it's hard to take any of the noise too seriously.

First Look: Apple Compressor 4.1

A nice new interface and a boost in output quality make this a worthwhile upgrade. Just be prepared for a bumpy installation and a slow learning curve; there's nothing intuitive about it, as you'll see in this article and video tour.

Review: Brightcove Video Cloud Live

Brightcove customers should look to this new service for inexpensive real-time event transcoding, but several rough edges mar the experience.

Presenting the Ozer Paradox: Simple and Pricey Don't Go Together

Expensive products have complicated interfaces and inflexible features, while free applications like Handbrake can be used by anyone.

HEVC Likely to be Subject to Similar Royalty Structure as H.264

Or, What I Learned During My HEVC Presentation at Streaming Media West

New VLC Player Release Incorporates HEVC and VC9 Playback

VideoLAN's addition of HEVC, along with Rovi's addition of it in DivX 10, should help speed the codec's mainstream adoption

How-To: Calculating Outbound Bandwidth Requirements for Live Events

Outbound bandwidth used to be easy to calculate, but with more and more streams and encoding/transcoding alternatives, today it can be a challenge. Here are some tips to figure out how much you need for your event.

How to Create Google+ Hangouts On Air: A Complete Walkthrough

While producing a Google+ Hangout is easy, pulling in participants and keeping them engaged demands making many smart choices. Here's everything a Google+ host needs to know.

Cisco Open Sources H.264 for WebRTC

The announcement looks like a game-changer for WebRTC, but what does it mean for HTML5 playback in web browsers? Experts from Cisco and Mozilla provide the answers.

Tutorial: Capturing Soundboard Audio for Live Event Video

Corporate and event videographers need to know how to connect to an external microphone or soundboard. The process can be surprisingly challenging.

Review: Onstream Media Webcasting Service

Considering streaming a rich media broadcast? Read our Onstream Media review first. It earned high marks in our testing.

Onstream Vs. Livestream: Which Is Better for Online Events?

It's a battle between a webcasting service and a live streaming service. Learn the differences that set them apart.

Elemental Cloud: Streaming Media's Comprehensive Hands-On Review

Elemental is a strong choice for high-volume video publishers or those already using Elemental hardware, but it doesn't come at a bargain price.

Video Tutorial: Supporting HTML5 with Flash Fallback in Sorenson Squeeze 9

Sorenson Squeeze 9 offers a simple solution for delivering HTML5 video in H.264 or WebM with Flash fallback. As long as you don't need features like adaptive streaming, closed captions, or DRM, Squeeze 9 does the trick.

How to Webcast with YouTube Live

YouTube Live isn't yet available to all users, but Jan Ozer got early access and used it to stream a live webinar. Learn how to use it step-by-step.

Livestream Comes to Roku

Live streaming service provider waited until it could ensure "Netflix-like quality" on most channels before joining popular set-top box's lineup

Telestream Helps Launch Open Source x265/HEVC Project

Company teamed with MulticoreWare to help develop and promote an H.265/HEVC codec, building on the success of the x264 codec, and already claims encouraging data rate reductions for encoding

How to Produce Broadcast-Quality Events with the NewTek TriCaster 40, Part 1

In two tutorials I'm going to show you how to create broadcast-quality live production with the NewTek TriCaster TC40. In this first installment, I'll show you how to select and configure the inputs. In the second, you'll learn how to mix and stream the show itself.

Encoding.com: Streaming Media's Comprehensive Hands-On Review

While it delivered impressive results in our tests, Encoding.com isn't perfect: Read our review before paying extra for Turbo mode.

Behind the Scenes With Windows Azure Media Services: Case Study

The 2012 Olympics, NBC Universal, and the European Tour have all learned the benefits of migrating to the cloud with Windows Azure.

Cloud Encoding: One Name, but Many Variables to Consider

Digging into the competing cloud encoding solutions shows that they're far from similar, making comparisons difficult.

Commentary: Standards Are Meaningless (Until They Mean Something)

Enough with the new standards. All the talk about HTML5, DASH, and HEVC is mostly hot air, and here's why.

Review: Harmonic ProMedia Xpress

We put the first generation of the recently released ProMedia Xpress through a variety of tests, looking at performance, quality, closed captions, and more.

VP9 Is Almost Here, But a Nokia Patent Fight Might Have it DOA

Google plans to release the VP9 codec in less than a month. While it sounds promising, deep-pocketed companies will want to hold off on adoption.

Review: Dish Network's Hopper With Sling Is the One to Beat

The latest Dish DVR offers integrated Sling functionality and wireless iPad transfers. After thorough testing, we call it a winner.

Adobe to add HLS and DASH to Primetime

Adobe's plans for Primetime highlight both the strengths and limitations of HLS and DASH, as well as the fact that Flash isn't going away anytime soon

Review: Telestream Vantage Transcode Multiscreen

It's a valuable addition to the Vantage Workflow family, but is Transcode Multiscreen the fastest encoder around? Read our detailed test results.

The Future of HEVC: It's Coming, but with Plenty of Questions

Everyone agrees that HEVC is the codec of the future, but an unclear royalty picture and a paucity of compatible devices means widespread adoption is a long way off.

Case Study: Fighting Irish Revamp Their Digital Video Workflow

Notre Dame made an undefeated season even stronger with the addition of Telestream Vantage Transcode Pro and other workflow improvements.

Commentary: DASH Is Overrated—Enough Already!

The problem MPEG-DASH solves isn't that big a deal, and it's not going to make anyone's life simpler in the short term.

Review: Teradek VidiU, a First Look at the Compact H.264 Encoder

Small and affordable, the VidiU lets broadcasters stream HD from anywhere. But, one flaw keeps us from calling it a must-buy.

Livestream Studio vs. NewTek TriCaster

With the introduction of its Studio software, Livestream set out to compete with more established live switchers like NewTek's TriCaster. So how does the newcomer stack up against the old pro?

MPEG LA and Google Settle: What Does it Mean?

Google has entered into a WebM licensing agreement with MPEG LA, and while the impact on streaming is likely to be small, the implications may be significant for other technologies like WebRTC

Encoding for Multiple Devices

Reach viewers no matter where they are. Check out these strategies for reaching the most devices with the smallest number of files.

A Buyer's Guide to Portable Encoders

On-the-go encoding comes in three flavors: software, hardware, and on-camera. Here's what you should consider for each type.

A Buyer's Guide to Enterprise Video Platforms

Every company wants an affordable and useful ‘YouTube for the enterprise'; here's how to pick the right approach for your organization.

Deliver an Awesome Webcast from Your Desk

With the right tools and a little production knowledge, anyone can deliver a professional webcast from just about anywhere.

A Buyer's Guide to Live Encoders

What used to be a simple choice has become much more complex as output options and viewing devices have multiplied.

A Buyer's Guide to Cloud Transcoding

For both live and on-demand video transcoding, there are compelling reasons to move to the cloud. Read this before making a decision.

What Is HEVC (H.265)?

Not sure what to make of the new format on the block? Read this to get up to speed on how HEVC was created, the challenges it now faces, and when it will go into everyday use.

Livestream Ships Studio Software for $1,999

Watch out, NewTek: Livestream aims to provide TriCaster functionality for a fraction of the cost.

Livestream Studio HD500: Review

With its compact form factor, built-in monitor, and proven BlackMagic and NVIDIA components, the Livestream Studio HD500 is an impressive portable video mixer

WebM: It's Forgotten but Not Quite Gone

For those who forgot about WebM, you're not the only ones. Support never materialized for Google's open source format.

Review: The Vitec Optibase MGW Nano

The Nano is a compact, quiet live streaming appliance, but its steep price will put it out of range for some companies.

Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10: How to Make Sure Your Videos Play

Windows 8 might be taking off more slowly than Microsoft had hoped, but for video producers, it's still another OS and browser to reckon with. Here's what you need to know to make sure your videos play on Windows 8 devices.

Tutorial: Vislink LiveGear Airstream Cellular iNG Transmitter

If you're in the market for a portable video encoder/transmitter, you should consider the LiveGear Airstream from Vislink. It's mobile and easy to use, and it employs predictive forward error correction and adaptive bitrate H.264 encoding to reliably deliver top-quality video over broadband cellular networks.

Jeroen Wijering Talks HLS, DASH, and the JW Player 6

The newly released JW Player 6 brings HLS support to the desktop. We talk with Wijering about how he did it and what the future holds for MPEG DASH.

Closed Captioning in Wowza Media Server 3.5

The introduction of caption transmuxing simplifies deployment by minimizing the number of source files required, though the process is slightly different for live vs. on-demand

Closed Captioning for Streaming Media

Whether you're required by law to offer closed captions or not, there's good reason to add them to your online video workflow. Here's how.

News Flash for Compressionists: Garbage in Means Garbage Out

Rigorous testing comparing encodes from lower-quality and higher-quality source material gives unsurprising, but much needed, results.

Livestream Goes Completely Ad-Free, Even for its Free Service

The company also announced new tiers of service with live stream embedding and an important addition to its iPhone app.

Sorenson Announces Sorenson Squeeze Premium

Premium sits between existing Squeeze Desktop and Server products, and is meant for use by multiple video editors.

Brightcove Announces Live Cloud Transcoding and Instant Play

Just one month from its Zencoder acquisition, Brightcove is already benefiting. Also announces Widevine DRM encryption.

Livestream Doubles Down on Hardware with Studio HD500

The Studio HD500 is an $8,500 hardware switcher with broadcast-level bells and whistles, and it can stream to other services besides Livestream.

What Is a Streaming Media Protocol?

HTTP, RTSP, RTMP, Smooth Streaming, HLS, HDS, and more: What exactly are streaming protocols, and how do they interact with other communications protocols?

Who Still Uses Flash Video? Just About Everybody

Despite all the attention HTML5 video has gotten, informal testing shows that most sites don't see a competitive benefit to leaving Flash.

Venera Pulsar Review: Quality Control for Adaptive Streaming

The rise of adaptive streaming video calls for new quality control solutions. In this comprehensive review, we put Venera Pulsar to the test.

Livestream Broadcaster Review Revisited: Testing 4G Performance

When Jan Ozer looked at the Livestream Broadcaster last month, he wasn't able to test its 4G performance. He's fixed that by taking the Broadcaster on vacation.

The 2012 Encoding and Transcoding Buyers' Guide

Discover the best hardware and software for video encoding and transcoding. We spotlight solutions from Elemental, Digital Rapids, Apple, Adobe, Sorenson, Harmonic, Telestream, Wowza, and Encoding.com.

Encoding for YouTube: How to Get the Best Results

Yes, there is a way to produce great-looking YouTube videos every time. Read on for expert advice and test results.

BP Showcases Olympic Athletes with HTML5 Video Site

Olympic sponsor BP America has created an attractive, responsive, and moving site that delivers HTML5 video first with a Flash fallback.

Livestream Broadcaster Review: Deliver Rich Live Events for Less

This $495 device helps Livestream transition from a channel-based service to an event-based service.

Ustream, Justin.tv, Livestream, and Bambuser: Streaming Unplugged

With just a laptop and a camcorder, four leading live streaming service providers let you deliver webcasts from almost any location.

How to Choose an Enterprise Video Encoder

Is it time for your company to step up to an enterprise encoder? Here's how to make your decision.

Telestream Episode Engine Review: Room for Improvement

While Episode Engine is a solid standalone enterprise encoder, a few caveats keep it from taking the top spot.

Reviewing Dish's Hopper and Joey Whole-Home DVR Service

Satellite network Dish has released hardware that makes capturing and streaming content easier than ever. We dive into the technology and answer whether or not it's a good deal.

Elemental Server Review: The One to Beat

If you need a tool to accelerate H.264 encoding, Elemental Server should be on the top of your list.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6: An Essential Upgrade

Parallel encoding in Adobe Media Encoder and unlimited multicam highlight the enhancements in Adobe's latest version of Premiere Pro.

Livestream: No Computer Required

Livestream introduces Broadcaster, an H.264 hardware encoder that works over 3G/4G and ethernet or Wi-Fi

There's Nothing Pro about Final Cut Pro X

FCPX fails because Apple insists on controlling the experience, something that doesn't work with a professional audience.

Blackmagic H.264 Pro Recorder: High Quality, Frustrating Limits

This real-time hardware encoder offers strong output. If only it weren't beset by limitations and technical snafus.

Buyer's Guide: Portable Capture and Transcoding

Streaming from the field offers enough challenges without having to worry about the transcoding. Here's what to look for in both hardware and software portable transcoding tools

NBA League Pass: The Future of Online Sports Video

Go in-depth with NBA League Pass and find out why this streaming service has friends in high places -- including the Oval Office.

Buyer's Guide: Light Kits

Looking to light that CEO talk or customer testimonial? You'll get what you pay for. Here's what to look for in lighting kits, and a chart comparing five leading options.

Buyer's Guide: Cameras

When it comes to choosing the right equipment for producing online video, it all starts with the camera. DSLR or Camcorder? We help you decide.

How to Produce for Adaptive Streaming

Adaptive streaming is the ideal way to deliver video content online. Here's how to do it right.

Buyer's Guide: Live Streaming Services

Production capability and user experience distinguish services. If you're in the market, look to our comprehensive chart comparing Livestream, Justin.tv, Bambuser, MultiStream, and Ustream.

Buyer's Guide: Online Video Platforms

With dozens of OVPs in the market, it's harder than ever to select the right one. Here are some guidelines to help you choose.

Ustream Review: Strong Customization, but a Weak Embedded Player

The largest live streaming service, Ustream is strong choice due to its video control options and monetization programs.

Buyer's Guide: Windows Production Stations

From the operating system to the graphics card, here is all you need to know to buy the best workstation for your budget.

Buyer's Guide: Software Encoders

There are bundled, desktop, and enterprise offerings. Read on to learn which one is right for your needs.

Justin.tv Review: Simple Setup, Great for Reaching Gamers

For those streaming live video to a younger audience, Justin.tv is a top choice. It's easy to use, but doesn't stream to Apple iOS devices without a paid app.

Bambuser Review: A Simple Live Streaming Interface, but No Frills

While Bambuser is easy enough for video newcomers, it lacks configuration and monetization options.

Livestream Review: Strong Customization and Social Media Support

Part one of our four-part series on live video streaming services: While lacking some e-commerce tools offered by competitors, Livestream is still a top contender. Plus: a video preview of Livestream changes.

Highwinds Completing Transition from RTMP to HTTP

The future of CDN-delivered video is cacheable, HTTP streaming, with MPEG DASH ultimately taking over, says Highwinds' Chris Bray

How to Encode for Adaptive Streaming

Jan Ozer's Streaming Media West presentation on adaptive bitrate can turn casual encoders into instant experts.

Sorenson Squeeze 8: A Video Tutorial

Support for x264 is now available in Sorenson Squeeze. How does the encoding quality stack up against MainConcept H.264?

Digital-Blonde Promises Better Encoding; We Say 'Prove it!'

In this encoding exam, we test assertive encoding claims, while also comparing Main Concept and x264 output.

HP EliteBook 8760w: A Notebook for Demanding Video Producers

Need a notebook for video or streaming production? Check out the HP EliteBook 8760w. This is one portable that can stand up to most single-CPU desktops on the market.

WeVideo Review: The Top Browser-Based Editor, but Still Limited

We take a hands-on look at the online editor WeVideo and find it the closest thing to a desktop application, but hardly fully-featured.

ESPN Partners with Elemental for Video-on-Demand

The sports giant will use Elemental for 14 video outputs streaming to desktops and mobile devices, as well as to mobile applications and regional properties.

Android vs. iOS: A Video and Flash Comparison

The mobile video viewing experience should be better on Android than iOS, right? We see how it measures up on a Toshiba Thrive tablet.

What Is MPEG DASH?

MPEG DASH is the latest hot topic in the online video space. Here we break down what it is, and what its implications might be for video delivery in the future.

Revision3 Goes HTML5

After a "painful" development process, one of the web's leading video networks flips the switch on its HTML5 video player.

HTML5 Is Taking Over the Web, Right? Not so Fast…

To examine the spread of HTML5, we look at several sites by major brands. Flash certainly isn't dead yet.

Adobe to Discontinue Development of Flash Player on Mobile Devices

Surprising the industry, Adobe has thrown in the towel on the Flash Player web browser plug-in for mobile devices. Read Jan Ozer's commentary on what this means for the future of Web development.

What Is HLS (HTTP Live Streaming)?

Apple's HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol is the technology used to deliver video to Apple devices like the iPad and iPhone. Here's a primer on what HLS is and how to use it.

Enough About HTML5 Video Already!

HTML5 video appeals to "tree-hugging, sandal-wearing standards lovers," says Jan Ozer, and he's sick of hearing about it.

Quality Control Roundup: Catch the Mistakes Before they Go Live

Do you QC? Read this to learn what quality-control software is, how even low-volume producers can integrate it, and what it can do for your videos.

How to Be Your Own Compression Consultant

Flash or Silverlight? Adaptive streaming or regular? This guide helps you choose your target platforms for video delivery and then configure the streams yourself.

ESPN Video Upgrade Moves to H.264 Encoding; Shuns HTTP for RTMP

The leading sports website upgrades its video streams to HD and adaptive bitrate. Learn what motivated the changes.

Accordent Capture Station and Media Management System: Review

Jan Ozer goes deep with Accordent's live and on-demand webcast products. If you're still not sure what Accordent does, this comprehensive review will tell you everything you never knew.

For Google and Apple, Profits Outweigh Ideals Everytime: Commentary

Even the biggest, most industry-defining computing companies will turn against their ideas when there's a buck to be made. Just look at the Android operating system and Final Cut Pro X.

WebM Patent Fight Ahead for Google?

MPEG LA says that 12 patent holders have stepped forward with patents they believe are essential to the VP8 standard. A patent pool license could be next.

Haivision Acquires KulaByte and MontiVision

Enterprise specialist steps out from behind the firewall; can now offer a complete end-to-end solution.

MediaPlatform WebCaster Review: A Strong Option for Webcasts

If you're considering presenting webcasts for training employees, communicating with partners, or retaining customers, MediaPlatform's WebCaster should be on your shortlist.

Telestream Episode Pro 6.1.1 Makes Great Strides

After a rocky start, Telestream is back on track; Episode Pro is now free of the problems that plagued Pro 6.0.

Debunking HTML5 Video Myths: A Guide for Video Publishers

HTML5 video might be getting all the attention, but video publishers who want to serve the widest possible audience should make it the format of last resort. A presentation from Streaming Media East 2011 attempts to burst HTML5 video's balloon.

What Is Adaptive Streaming?

A look at what adaptive streaming is, the primary technology providers, and the factors you should consider when choosing an adaptive streaming technology

What Is Encoding and Transcoding?

An overview of the basics of encoding and transcoding, including an attempt to settle on some hitherto controversial definitions

Adobe CS5.5 Welcomes Back Audition, Offers Encoder Improvements

Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 offers new pricing options, the return of Audition, and new mobile presents for Adobe Media Encoder

What Is H.264?

A look behind H.264, the world's most popular video codec, including encoding parameters and royalty concerns

What Is a Codec?

If you're going to understand online video, you need to understand codecs. Here's a high-level look at what codecs are, as well as the variety of codecs relevant to streaming media.

The 411 on OVPs

Not all OVPs are alike. Here's a look at what they all have in common, as well as differentiating features.

What Is HTML5?

An explanation of HTML5 and HTML5 Video, including history, patent issues, and current use by Apple, Microsoft, Google, Adobe, and others.

Choosing a Streaming Encoding Tool

Our annual test of the leading desktop encoding programs.

MPEG LA and WebM: Power to the Patent Trolls!--The Producer's View

MPEG LA's call for patents could do serious damage to the WebM format and lead to the industry standardizing on H.264. Let's hope!

What Is Streaming (2011 Version)

A high-level view of streaming media technology, history, and the online video market landscape

Live Streaming from a Notebook

Live streaming on a notebook can be the best of all possible worlds, but how powerful a machine do you need, and how do the various live streaming software programs stack up? We look at tools from Adobe, Kulabyte, Microsoft, and Telestream.

Flash Player 10.2: More Efficient than WebM

The latest version of the Flash Player significantly reduces the CPU resources required for video playback, and beats HTML5-based WebM in most deployments

Sorenson Squeeze 7: The Good, The Bad, and the Lovely

The latest iteration of Sorenson Squeeze isn't perfect, but it's still the best desktop transcoding tool on the market.

Commentary: Welcome to the Two-Codec World

With WebM, Google hasn't created any new revenue opportunities, opened any new markets or increased the size of the pie. They've just made it more expensive to get your share, all in the highly ethereal pursuit of "open codec technologies."

How to Encode to WebM

With Google's announcement that it's dropping H.264 support in Chrome in favor of WebM, it's time to start looking at the format. Here's a look at how to get the best WebM quality.

Streaming Spotlight: Peter Scott, Turner Sports

The VP of emerging media for Turner Sports talks about the network's delivery of the PGA Championship online, as well as the benefits of HTTP streaming and the implications of HTML5 video

Adaptive Streaming in the Field

How do organizations like MTV, Turner, NBC, Deutsche Welle, Harvard, and Indiana University actually deploy adaptive streaming technologies? Read on for all the juicy details.

Review: Microsoft Expression Encoder 4

Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 offers the ability to inexpensively adaptively distribute to Apple iDevices, and does so admirably

Video Review: Telestream Episode 6 Interface and Workflow

A first look at the latest version of Telestream Episode 6's interface and workflow options. The verdict? Click to watch.

Commentary: The Five Key Myths About HTML5

Pay no attention to the man behind the Mac. HTML5 won't be a serious consideration for at least a few years.

WebM vs. H.264: A First Look

Producing H.264 Video

What you need to know to get the most out of the web's most popular codec

WebM vs. H.264: A Closer Look

Google's decision to open source VP8 in the form of WebM was the opening salvo in yet another codec war. We take a look at encoding efficiency, output quality, and CPU horsepower required for playback of both WebM and H.264.

Review: Camtasia 7

First Look: H.264 and VP8 Compared

VP8 is now free, but if the quality is substandard, who cares? Well, it turns out that the quality isn't substandard, so that's not an issue, but neither is it twice the quality of H.264 at half the bandwidth. See for yourself.

Google Open Sources VP8

As anticipated, Google open sourced VP8 today, in a new container format called WebM

Testing Flash Player 10.1 for the Mac

The preview release of the new Flash Player 10.1 for Mac brings with it some impressive CPU performance gains

Review: Telestream Wirecast

There's an old Hollywood joke with the punch line, "but I really want to direct." I'm not sure what the actual joke is, or if it's funny, but the reason I bring it up is that if you talk to writers, most would say, "but I really want to be onTV."

Adobe to Enable Flash Hardware Acceleration on the Mac

New Apple API will let Adobe take advantage of hardware-accelerated video decoding for Flash Player on the Mac, though not in 10.1

Inlet Talks Live Ad Insertion, Second-Gen Adaptive Streaming

Inlet Technologies' Matt Smith talks to Jan Ozer about the company's recent announcements, including live ad insertion, extended mobile reach, and what it's calling "Second-Generation Adaptive Streaming"

mDialog Enables Interactive Ad Overlays for iPad and iPhone

mDialog has expanded its Video as a Service platform to offer ad overlays for Apple mobile devices, and the company's Greg Philpott talks to Jan Ozer about "delivering the right ad to the right device at the right time"

Choose Wisely: Selecting An Online Video Platform

Today, if streaming video is at all integral to your enterprise, and if you're currently hosting your own videos or posting them to user-generated content (UGC) sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, it's time to consider using an online video platform.

Producing Video Case Studies

An in-depth analysis of eleven video case studies, evaluating presentation and encoding issues.

Brightcove Announces iPad-Friendly HTML5 Video Support

The New York Times and Time already plan to take advantage of Brightcove's HTML5 offering

Ogg, MPEG LA, and Submarine Patents

HTML 5 may be the future of online video, but currently it's bogged down in a debate between supporters of H.264 and advocates of Ogg Theora. Here, representatives from both camps address concerns over licensing.

Flash Player: CPU Hog? It Depends.

Apple's Steve Jobs has been making headlines by slamming Flash as a "CPU Hog." Is it really?

Commentary: Google Closes On2 Acquisition; Better Check Your Wallet

Think Google should open-source VP8? Think again. It would be better for everyone to make the switch to H.264.

Where The Rubber Meets The Road: 2010 Encoder Comparison

Our annual look at the features and output of video encoding tools in four categories: free, standalone, enterprise-grade, and hardware co-processor.

The Player's the Thing...But So Is The Codec, Format, and Protocol

MPEG LA Continues No-Royalty Licensing Of Free H.264 Video

MPEG LA president and CEO Larry Horn discusses the reasoning behind the decision to continue the royalty-free AVC License for H.264 video that's free to viewers
Wed., Feb. 3, by Jan Ozer

Windows 7 Performance for Streaming Encoding

A Windows 7 upgrade can cost more than $300 for the software alone. Is it worth it if you're a streaming producer looking to shave encoding times?

Webcasting for the Masses

Between live streaming service providers and rich media communications solutions, there have never been more options for webcasting live events.
Friday, Jan. 22, by Jan Ozer

Testing YouTube's 1080p HD Offering

On November 12, YouTube announced that "1080p HD Is Coming to YouTube." In this article, I'll describe the type of file you should upload to trigger 1080p encoding, analyze the 1080p files created by YouTube, and detail the other files created by YouTube in addition to the 1080p file.
Wed., Dec. 16, by Jan Ozer

Review: Microsoft Expression Encoder 3

With outstanding VC-1 output and surprisingly good H.264 output, Expression Encoder 3 is an impressive update to the encoding component of Microsoft's Expression Studio.

New Features Abound in Sorenson Squeeze 6

The latest version of Sorenson's Squeeze includes integration with YouTube and Twitter, uploading to Akamai and Limelight, and new encoding features such as parallel VP6 encoding and an online preset exchange.
Tues., Nov. 3, by Jan Ozer

Streaming Media Podcast #34: NBC Talks About The Silverlight and Sunday Night Football

Jan Ozer speaks with Perkins Miller of NBC Sports & Olympics about the network's decision to use Silverlight for Sunday Night Football, the Olympics, and other large live events, as well as the fact that Flash will still be used widely for NBC content.
Thurs., Aug. 27, by Jan Ozer

Commentary: Is Smooth Streaming Microsoft's Trojan Horse?

Despite its attraction for developers, Silverlight has been slow to catch on. Will Smooth Streaming change that?
Tues., Aug. 18, by Jan Ozer

Review: Kulabyte XStream Live 2.1

XStream Live 2.1 a Must for Live-Streaming Events

Streaming Gets Smarter: Evaluating the Adaptive Streaming Technologies

With adaptive bitrate streaming, companies can post a video and let the technology sort out the rest. So which product is best for you?

Apple's New Final Cut Studio Offers Workflow, Output Improvements

The new Share command in Apple Final Cut Pro lets you bypass Compressor, while Compressor itself now features Job Actions for output directly to YouTube, MobileMe, and Blu-ray.
Thurs., July 23, by Jan Ozer

Review: Telestream Episode Engine

Telestream Episode Engine performs well when encoding to VP6, H.264, and MPEG-2, but Windows Media producers should look elsewhere.

Encoding in the Cloud

Is it time to put cloud encoding on your radar?

Peer Review: Wine Library TV

While Wine Library TV's minimalist approach works well and the content is great, there are a few mistakes that unnecessarily mar streaming quality.Fri., June 5, by Jan Ozer

Sorenson Introduces Sorenson 360

Longtime encoding software provider expands focus with a new online video platform—or, as Sorenson calls it, a video delivery network—called Sorenson 360.
Mon., May 11, by Jan Ozer

Choosing an Online Video Platform

Host your own, use a UGC site, or deploy a fee-based, SaaS approach? Here's how to decide which approach is right for you.

Streaming Media Podcast #24: Sorenson Media

An interview with Peter Csathy, the new president of Sorenson Media, about the company's plans for expansion and new updates to Sorenson Squeeze coming in Q2.
Wed., Mar. 25, by Jan Ozer

Appearing on CNN Does Add 20 Pounds to A-Rod and Tiger

A look at CNN's aspect ratio issues and their bold new streaming parameters
Mon., Mar. 9 by Jan Ozer

Testing YouTube's 720p HD Encoding

What happens when the biggest user-generated content site in the world adds its version of high-definition video? Here's a look under the hood of YouTube's 720p H.264 encoding.
Thurs., Feb. 26 by Jan Ozer

Choosing a Camera for Online Video Production

High-quality video starts at the source, and today's camcorders offer more options than ever to help you capture a first-class image. But with choices comes confusion; here are five questions to ask that can help you pick the camcorder that's right for you.
Mon., Feb. 16, by Jan Ozer

The Future's So Bright: H.264 Year in Review

H.264 was definitely the 'it' codec of 2008, and despite its complex and potentially expensive licensing, it will likely only become more pervasive in years to come.

2009 Encoder Shootout

Report cards on the seven leading software encoding tools

Nonlinear Video Editors for Streaming Postproduction

The last year saw developments—some big, some small—to all of the major nonlinear video editing platforms. Here's a look at the latest word from Adobe, Apple, Avid, and Sony.
Wed., Feb. 11, by Jan Ozer

Review: LSI Tarari Encoder Accelerator LCPX-6140

The LSI Tarari Encoder Accelerator is a solid and affordable option for high-volume producers who need to accelerate their VC-1 encoding.

The HD Showdown: Codec Vendors Battle It Out for Supreme Quality

Microsoft, On2, and Jan Ozer square off to determine which codec produces the highest quality video: VC-1, VP6, or H.264.

H.264 Lessons from iTunes

For all the talk about H.264, it's still not widely used for streaming, at least in the U.S. In iTunes, however, it's the norm. We take a look at how well it's working for Apple.
Tues., Oct. 21, by Jan Ozer

Decoding the Truth About Hi-Def Video Production

Many low-powered computers have trouble playing back high-definition video encoded using one or more of the big three codecs, but there are ways to improve performance.

Tutorial: Encoding for Screencams

How to wring the last bit of quality out of your codecs and encoding tools when compressing screencams for internet delivery.
Tues., Oct. 7, by Jan Ozer

Out to Launch: Adobe Reveals CS4

Adobe announces the new Creative Suite 4 and shows off some solid advances and one feature that may change the face of video editing as we know it.
Tues., Sept. 23, by Jan Ozer

Tutorial: Producing Screencams in Camtasia Studio

There is no one right way to produce screencam tutorials, but the tools and procedures described here provide a good blend of precision, production efficiency, and output quality using Camtasia Studio.
Mon., Sept. 22, by Jan Ozer

So Many H.264 Codecs, So Little Time

Unlike the quality of either WMV or VP6-based Flash files, which are relatively homogenous due to their common origin, the quality of H.264 video varies depending upon who developed the codec and, to a lesser degree, the encoding tool. Here's a comparison of H.264 files produced using codecs from Apple, Dicas, and MainConcept.
Tues., Aug. 26, by Jan Ozer

Cracking the H.264 Codec

H.264 is undoubtedly the hottest codec around, but there are inherent market forces that complicate producing files that meet the needs of your target playback device or player. These include the fact that there are multiple H.264 codecs available, each with different configurable parameters, and that each H.264 encoding tool reveals a custom set of compression options.

Under the Hood: File Analysis Tools for Streaming Video

For the most part, streaming files provide a pitiful amount of useable data, which makes programs that provide insight to the content of these files invaluable to compressionists. Depending upon your needs and operating system, there are a number of programs—most free, some at a price—that may fit the bill quite nicely. In this article, we look at a several such programs, including Apple’s QuickTime Pro, Steve Greenberg’s GSpot Codec Information Appliance, Inlet Technologies’ Semaphore, Jerome Martinez’s MediaInfo, and Sliq Media’s WMSnoop.
Tues., June 17, by Jan Ozer

Review: Sorenson Squeeze 5

With Squeeze 5, Sorenson took baby steps in some critical new directions. Unfortunately, unless it's your child, baby steps are seldom graceful or particularly effective, and that's the case here.

Review: Rhozet Carbon Coder 3

"Impressive" turns out to be a good adjective for the version 3.0 update in general, which significantly improves an already highly competent product. Rhozet has made several useful streaming-codec-related improvements, enhanced watch-folder functionality, and improved the program's interface. Encoding trials immediately revealed that Carbon Coder remains highly tuned for fast, multiprocessor efficiency.

Commentary: Microsoft Should Embrace H.264

Streaming Media East was abuzz with rumors that Microsoft would add H.264 playback to Silverlight and Windows Media Player. The official word is that no such thing is in the cards, but there are plenty of good reasons why it'd be a great idea.
Fri., June 6, by Jan Ozer

Adobe Releases Public Beta of Flash Player 10

The new version has multiple features that will have far-reaching effects, including the ability for the server to monitor line conditions and adjust the video bitrate dynamically. Also new are 3D and custom real-time effects.
Thurs., May 15, by Jan Ozer

Review: Anystream Agility

The term “industrial-strength” is probably overused, but it’s definitely appropriate when describing Anystream’s Agility Web encoder, an extremely robust system that delivers more than adequate video quality along with stellar stability and performance.
Thurs., April 24, by Jan Ozer

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.

Special Delivery: High-Def Video

Case studies of Akamai, Hulu, and more reveal different approaches to delivering high-definition video online.

Express Yourself

Getting to know Microsoft Silverlight's Expression Encoder

Review: TechSmith Camtasia 5

Overall, the latest version offers more streamlined workflow, with a single-screen Recorder that replaces the multistep wizard, and SmartFocus, which takes some of the work out of applying pans and zooms even if it’s not perfect.

Testing the New Windows Media Encoding Profiles

Microsoft recently released upgrades to its Windows Media Video codecs. How do they hold up against WMV9, Flash VP6, and Apple's H.264? As usual, the answer is a resounding "It depends."
Fri., July 27, by Jan Ozer

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

Q&A With Microsoft's Ben Waggoner

In this companion piece to "The Right Profile"—a critical look at the new Windows Media Video codecs in the June/July issue of Streaming Media magazine—the author sits down for an in-depth Q&A with the program manager for Microsoft's codecs division.
Wed., June 20, by Jan Ozer

Q&A With Adobe's Chris Hock

With all the attention on Silverlight, plus the new encoding profiles for Windows Media Profile, we thought it was time to sit down with a longtime Macromedia/Adobe team member to find out what's going on with Flash.
Wed., June 20, by Jan Ozer

The Right Profile

Microsoft has released updated codecs and enhanced access to Windows Media-related encoding parameters that enable streaming publishers to improve the quality of Windows Media Video. Should you make the switch?

Shooting for Streaming, Part 4

How to deal with the progressive vs. interlaced dilemma

Review: Adobe Captivate 2

Captivate 2 is a "must download" for anyone creating application-based screen cams, online quizzes, or simulations, and—despite some significant flaws—don’t be surprised if you quickly find it invaluable as a standalone tool or a way to supplement video training materials.

Review: Rhozet Carbon Coder

Carbon Coder's feature set and video quality are outstanding, but its performance is what's really impressive, especially in multiple-processor workstations.
Mon., April 9, by Jan Ozer

Review: Sorenson Squeeze 4.5

If you produce streaming video, Squeeze 4.5 is a product you need to download and try, even if you’re completely satisfied with your current workflow and encoding tools.
Mon., Nov. 27, by Jan Ozer

Tutorial: Shooting Top-Quality Streaming Video Part II: Designing Your Set

Quality streaming video begins long before the camera's even on, with the design of the set and considerations such as color and texture.

Smart Choices

We contacted six organizations that make extensive use of streaming media, whether for internal communications or for consumer delivery. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Accenture, the state of Montana, DL.TV, blip.tv, and ESPN.com were all kind enough to share with us the decision-making processes behind their streaming video implementations, as well as the reasons behind their choices of video formats.

Tutorial: Shooting Top-Quality Streaming Video—How to Minimize Motion

Excessive motion can ruin otherwise terrific video. From codec to camera to edit, this tutorial tells you how to keep it to a minimum
Fri., Oct. 6, by Jan Ozer

Review: Adobe Captivate and TechSmith Camtasia Studio

Adobe Captivate and TechSmith Camtasia both have killer features that may swing the pendulum in their favor, but once you get to know their strengths and weaknesses, it really is hard to imagine living without either one.
Tues., Aug. 22, by Jan Ozer

Studies in Flash Video: Best Practices from Real-World Producers

These three video production companies take very different approaches to delivering Flash Video for clients. But each one maximizes the format’s capabilities while downplaying its limitations.
Tues., May 30, by Jan Ozer

Choosing a Video Codec

Picking the right video codec isn’t as easy as it used to be. But with the right information, you can determine which one will work best for your project.
by Jan Ozer

Local Heroes: Solutions for LAN- and WAN-based Streaming (Part 2)

In the second of a two-part article, we dig deeper three different solutions—from Certeon, Kontiki, and Network Appliance—and provide questions you should ask yourself before you go hunting for a streaming service provider.

Local Heroes: Solutions for LAN- and WAN-based Streaming (Part 1)

In the first of a two-part article, we take a look at three different solutions—from Certeon, Kontiki, and Network Appliance—to offer a sense of the options available for moving your content from LAN to WAN.

Commentary: MPEG-4 is Dead

With the adoption of WM9 by the DVD Forum, there's increasing reason to believe that MPEG4's future looks grim.