Biographical Information

Paul Schmutzler

Paul Schmutzler has been involved in various aspects of photography, film, and video production, post-production, and motion graphics for more than 10 years. He reviews tools of the trade as a freelance tech journalist.

Articles for Paul Schmutzler

Tutorial: How to Leverage HEVC Compression with the Teradek VidiU Go

Paul Schmutzler explains how you can take advantage of the cost and bandwidth savings of HEVC in your livestreams with the Teradek VidiU Go.

Tutorial: How to Build and Engage Your Online Community

Paul Schmutzler demonstrates how to stream to multiple social platforms simultaneously with the Teradek VidiU Go.

Tutorial: How to Stream Reliably from Anywhere with the Teradek VidiU Go

Paul Schmutzler demonstrates how to deliver a solid stream from any location with the Teradek VidiU Go.

Livestreaming Video with NDI and PTZ

NDI connectivity and PTZ cameras let producers minimize cable requirements while enhancing opportunities for creativity in camera placement and use. A setup like this can do more with less, and it gives a glimpse into the future of live production.

Review: Stroom Live Delivers 4K Streaming From Any Location

What Stroom lacks in marketing polish it makes up for in performance and cost. Just be sure to have a reliable power source at the ready, because this system drains batteries.

Producing and Grading HDR Video: How to Get Started

Although the particular standards may come and go, with the right know-how producers can be ready to turn out high dynamic range video whenever their clients ask for it.

How to Score, Enhance, and Caption Videos with YouTube Creator Studio

The editing capabilities found in YouTube's backend aren't going to compete with nonlinear editors like Adobe Premiere Pro, but there are some powerful and unique tools that make simple editing projects even simpler.

How to Automate Video Creation for Social Media

Learn how to use Wibbitz, an automated video creation platform that lets anyone in an organization create videos quickly and easily for any number of social platforms and websites—no editing experience required.

The State of Mobile Video 2018

Small screens are getting bigger, while consumers watch more video than ever on mobile devices. 5G is clearly the next great leap, but when will it get here?

Multicam Sports Webcasting With NDI and the TriCaster TC1

Here's a look at how 4K-Over-NDI support, hardware-based instant replay, and Skype TX integration can benefit sports broadcasters.

Review: Sling Media SlingStudio

At the 2017 NAB show in Las Vegas, Sling Media introduced the SlingStudio, a professional multi-camera streaming/switching appliance. At $999, it competes with pro-grade products Teradek, LiveU, and Matrox.

How to Start and Finish Your Live Streams Right

For this article, we're going to concentrate on two often-overlooked portions of a live stream: the beginning and the ending.

How to Use Non-PTZ Cameras for Remote-Controlled Live Production

In this article we'll take a look at some non-traditional robotic camera systems and explain how you can use them to get greater freedom of movement and imaging choice in your live-streamed productions.

The State of Mobile Video 2017

Device innovation slows down ("phablets" are plenty big already), while network improvements forge ahead (5G is on the horizon, right? But where?).

Choosing a 4K Camera for Live Events

When discussing the current state of UHD/4K, "current" is a fast-moving target in mid-2016. This article will introduce you to what you need to know to get into 4K for live production and online video, from codecs to cameras.

How to Set Up a Single-Operator Live-Switched Stream with PTZ Cameras

Pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera systems are now hitting a sort of renaissance for event videography, especially in live concert, government, and worship settings. This tutorial looks at how to use a PTZ-based workflow to pull off a multicam live-switched stream with a single operator at the controls.

NAB 2016: UHD Standards Getting Clearer For Producers, If Not Consumers

Several versions of UHD still compete in the marketplace, but if the specs are clear to producers and broadcasters, the jargon remains confusing for potential UHD TV buyers

The State of Mobile Video 2016

Like it or not, that phone in your pocket isn't going to get any smaller. Streaming video is driving the trend for bigger screens and better connection speeds in the coming year.

Case Study: University of Tennessee Delivers Live Instant Replay

How the compact Evertrz DreamCatcher replay system lets users create replays and highlight reels, and a look at lower-priced instant replay solutions.

How to Think Small and Travel Light: The Streaming Video Carry-On

We set out to build a roadworthy streaming production studio that fits in a carry-on bag. The result isn't cheap, but the flexibility and freedom it offers is worth the price

Time Flies: The Art and Technology Behind Great Timelapse Videos

Creating jaw-dropping slow-motion and timelapse effects is now easier and more affordable than ever. Here's how to speed up or slow down time like a pro.

Streaming Media East '15: What Can Replace Flash Video?

Publishers need a universal solution that works on every desktop and mobile platform, doesn't require plug-ins, and includes DRM. In this panel discussion, three companies offer their services.

Adobe Announces Story Scriptwriting Collaboration Tool

Adobe Story, which runs on the web or via a synchronized AIR application, allows multiple users to collaborate on script creation, making Creative Suite a full-fledged production software package.
Thurs., Sept. 10, by Paul Schmutzler and Tim Siglin

Review: Adobe CS4 Production Premium

Although the release of CS4 pushes Adobe’s video software further into the spotlight, it doesn’t make as large a first impression as its predecessor did.

Reviewed: Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium

Each and every one of the suite’s features and technologies has been improved in CS4, some significantly. With an eye toward accelerating encoding workflows and an initial foray into mission-critical metadata entry and retrieval, the product offers noteworthy improvements that merit attention.
Thurs., Jan. 8, by Paul Schmutzler and Tim Siglin