Biographical Information

Robert Reinhardt

Robert Reinhardt (@rob_reinhardt, robert@videorx.com) is director of VideoRx and is internationally regarded as an expert on multimedia application development and online video, particularly in HTML5, iOS, Flash, and AVC/H.264. 

Articles for Robert Reinhardt

Review: Videon’s Shavano 4K HEVC Video Encoder

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

Video: Pros & Cons of WebRTC for Live Streaming Playback

VideoRx CTO Robert Reinhardt discusses the benefits and drawbacks of WebRTC in this clip from his presentation in the Video Engineering Summit at Streaming Media West.

Finding a Video Player That Works for You and Your Budget

The video player landscape has changed tremendously since Streaming Media examined it four years back. Here are the questions to ask when choosing a player and the features to watch for.

Developers Pay the Pioneer Tax for WebRTC Live Streaming

There's a cost to being cutting-edge, and for low-latency live video streaming that involves learning WebRTC and accepting limited browser support.

The Time to Prepare for Recovery Is Before Video Files Go Missing

Accidentally deleted a crucial video file? The good news is it might still be recoverable. Here are steps to take for recovery and to prevent loss from happening in the future.

The Hazards of Streaming Live Video: If It Can Fail, It Will Fail

Redundancy and advanced testing are essential for any live video event. Here are five rules for live streaming that can help save the day.

Review: Roland V-60HD Multi-Format HD Video Switcher

After testing Roland's new multi-format A/V switcher, the V-60HD, on three live events, I'll be switching over to the V-60HD as my main video switcher for live event production.

6 More Expert Tips for Successful Streaming With Facebook Live

Facebook Live was the hot platform in 2017, and it's only going to grow in 2018. Here's helpful advice on how organizations can create perfect live video events.

Review: AJA HELO Streaming & Recording Device

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

Progressive Web Apps: What They Are and How to Get Started

With mobile viewing on the rise, developers need to know about progressive web apps which offer an app-like experience through the browser.

Roundup Review: Looking at Sub-$2,000 Hardware H.264 Encoders

Is there one single encoder that stands apart when live streaming a range of content in H.264? This roundup looks at the best equipment for lower-budget productions.

Expert Tips for Creating a Better Facebook Live Experience

A little planning beforehand will ensure that a Facebook Live broadcast goes smoothly. Here are tips from an experienced live event producer.

The 9 Starter Questions to Answer Before Creating a Live Stream

Creating a live stream for an event has gotten easier, but doing it right still requires advanced planning. Here's a roadmap for the first-timers.

The Questions Clients Need to Answer Before Asking for a Quote

Looking for a vendor to create a video solution for a website? Do the vendor and yourself a favor by answering these questions upfront. They're guaranteed to save a few steps.

5 Quick Tips for More Professional Live Online Broadcasts

An experienced online producer shares tips learned in the field for improving the look, lighting, and audio of live events both large and small.

Gone in a Flash: Migrating Videos to a Flash-Less World

For all its strengths, the clock has run out for Flash. Now is the time say goodbye and migrate to HTML5. Here's everything companies still relying on Flash need to know.

4 Ways Companies Can Lock Down Their Premium Video Catalogs

Piracy doesn't have to be a routine cost of business, and streamed videos can be secured. Learn which of these methods is best for your business.

Thinking About Load Testing: It’s Not Just for the Enterprise

Even SMBs need to think about load testing these days to ensure they can serve audience demand. Here are three questions to consider.

Build or Buy? When Choosing an OVP, Ask Lots of Questions

Should your company go with an online video platform or create a custom solution? OVPs make upload and distribution easy, but aren't right for all use cases.

Do Off-the-Shelf Video Solutions Make the Grade for Elearning?

When smaller educational organizations look for affordable online video systems, they don't find the features that come standard in advanced elearning platforms.

The HEVC Holding Pattern: Will '16 Be the Year for H.265 Support?

While the x265 codec is making big strides in quality and file size, the major browsers are in no rush to support H.265. With interest in 4K growing, maybe it's up to Flash to save the day.

PCI Compliance: Website Essentials for Processing Credit Cards

Sites that plan to sell video online through credit card payments need to know about payment card industry (PCI) requirements, which can be stringent.

VideoRx's 2015 View From The Top

Robert Reinhardt, CTO VideoRx

Is Flash Undead? What Will it Take to Finally Kill the Beast?

Everybody's using HTML5 and MPEG-DASH these days, right? Not so fast. Reports of Flash's death have been greatly exaggerated.

Is it Time Yet for 4K, H.265, and VP9 Adoption? Not So Fast

While it's fun to be on the cutting-edge of new video codecs and formats, H.264 should be every publishers' primary focus for the time being.

YouTube's 'HTML5 First, Flash Second' Position Is Marketing Hype

Videos on YouTube now default to HTML5 playback first, a decision that seems designed to attract headlines rather than solve problems.

Younger Viewers Are Far More Likely to Cut the Cord, Survey Finds

TV viewing is changing at a frantic pace, with younger viewers leaving pay TV and advertisers looking for a way to get their attention.

Video Rx: 2015 Online Video Industry Prediction

Robert Reinhardt, CTO of Video Rx, predicts what's coming in 2015 for the Online Video Industry

RTMP in the Age of HTTP Video Streaming: Don't Count it Out

Think RTMP is out of date? Despite the ubiquity of HTTP video streaming, there are still use cases where RTMP is the standard.

Creative Cloud Snubs FLV and F4V, But Flash Video Use Continues

Was Adobe's decision to remove FLV and F4V export from Creative Cloud the last gasp for Flash? No, and there are better tools around, anyway.

How to Create Interactive HTML5 Video

Turning a basic HTML5 video player into one with enhanced playback features is surprisingly simple. Here's the code to add chapter markers, captions, and more.

Choosing a Video Player: Features and Specs for the Top Five

We examine off-the-shelf video players MediaElement.js, Video.js, jPlayer, Flowplayer, and JW Player to show which of these five favorites is the best for any situation.