Streaming Media University

World Class Experts Deliver Content-Rich Training

Streaming Media University features world class experts delivering content-rich training. This series of workshops at our Streaming Media West 2019 event offers attendees the opportunity to get deep-dive training on online video and streaming technologies. Three-hours in length, these workshops give you the sound theories and practiced techniques to become a top performer in the online video field. In the end, you’ll walk away with a Streaming Media University Completion Certificate, and the professional know-how to enhance your career.

All Streaming Media University workshops include a light continental breakfast and morning and afternoon breaks PLUS complimentary access to the Streaming Media Showcase on November 19-20. Workshops may be registered for separately OR are included with our All Access Pass.

 

Monday, Nov 18

Preconference Workshops

 

W1. Introduction to ABR Production & Delivery

09:00 AM2019-11-182019-11-18

Monday, November 18: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This course helps those new to streaming media get familiar with relevant terms, concepts, and technologies. The session begins with a definition of terms like codecs, container formats, and adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming, as well as encoding concepts like bitrate control (VBR, CBR) and frame types (I, B, and P). Then it details the key H.264 encoding parameters that impact quality and compatibility. Next up is adaptive streaming, including a review of available ABR technologies like HLS and DASH, how to formulate an encoding ladder, and how to use multiple DRMs to protect premium content. Then we review the technical requirements for ABR delivery to computers, smartphones and tablets, OTT devices, and smart TVs. We finish with a quick look at advanced codecs like HEVC, VP9, AV1, and VVC. You walk away knowing the technical requirements for delivering to all key platforms and an understanding of how to do so.

Speaker:

, Principal, Streaming Learning Center and Contributing Editor, Streaming Media

 

W2. Deploying CMAF; Why, When, & How

09:00 AM2019-11-182019-11-18

Monday, November 18: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The concept of a single set of files deliverable to all relevant end points has been the holy grail since the dawn of adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming. By mid-2019, the Common Media Application Format (CMAF) will enable such a solution, slashing encoding, storage, and bandwidth costs for companies who deploy it. In this workshop, attendees learn how to create CMAF-packaged assets for HLS and or DASH and get a greater understanding of the benefits CMAF has to offer. We start at the industry baseline of H.264-based CMAF content, then offer insight and direction on how to handle more complex and emerging solutions. We will briefly cover how to extend what you learned to alternate codecs starting with VP9, then to 4K encoding, packaging, and delivery with HEVC or AV1. Then, we dive into what needs to happen next inside the video players to enable proper multi-bitrate ABR streaming with low latency. Last but not least, we cover the details around protecting your CMAF content with DRM, including what you need to know about CENC, CBCS, CTR, and working toward truly fulfilling the vision for unified common encryption DRM on the horizon.

Speaker:

, CEO, RealEyes Media

 

W3. Off-the-Shelf Streaming Tools

09:00 AM2019-11-182019-11-18

Monday, November 18: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The build vs. buy debate will never go away, but sometimes the perfect tool for content development and distribution already exists, is easy to learn and use, and fits within your budget. This workshop covers the latest developments in a number of tools that will help you at virtually every step of the streaming video workflow, from editing to analytics. This workshop is open to product owners, engineering staff, or others involved with delivering media—you don’t need a development background, just an interest in finding out how the latest tools can optimize your workflow. Nadine Krefetz and co-presenters cover the following types of tools: cloud-based switching products for multi-playout management; collaborative editing; UX prototyping; churn-busting analytics; artificial intelligence and machine learning; live and ondemand video libraries.

Speaker:

, Consultant, Reality Software and Contributing Editor, Streaming Media

 

W4. Objective Quality Metrics 2D & 3D: What They Are, How to Compute Them, & How to Use Them

01:30 PM2019-11-182019-11-18

Monday, November 18: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Every compression practitioner should understand what objective quality metrics do, how to compute them, and how to use them. This workshop guides attendees through the following steps: an introduction to metrics like PSNR, SSIM, SSIMplus, and VMAF, plus several 3D metrics; how to compute metrics with open source tools like FFmpeg and VMAFMaster, as well as third-party tools like the Moscow State University Video Quality Measurement tool and SSIMWave Quality of Experience Monitor; how to interpret the results; how to use these tools to choose a preset, choose the top rate for video files, and build an encoding ladder.

Speaker:

, Principal, Streaming Learning Center and Contributing Editor, Streaming Media

 

W5. Video Machine Learning: Customizing Solutions & Training Models

01:30 PM2019-11-182019-11-18

Monday, November 18: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Do you want to realize maximum business value from video machine learning solutions? To do so requires customization and model training. During this workshop, we go over core concepts that will help you in your customization and model training efforts. We also take a look at various options that are in the wild and ready for you to realize value from machine learning applications for video. We wrap things up with some hands-on demonstrations and customization and training tips and tricks. You walk away from this workshop armed with knowledge on how to get started providing your business value in this exciting area of video machine learning.

Speaker:

, CTOO, RealEyes Media

 

W6. Discovering the Power of FFmpeg

01:30 PM2019-11-182019-11-18

Monday, November 18: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

One of the most widely used tools with video encoding and deployment processes is FFmpeg, an open-source command line utility that can read and write just about any video, audio, or subtitle codec with just about any format, container, or protocol. Starting with core command line parameters, you learn how to read video files and output in various bitrates, codecs, and containers. The workshop then moves into more intermediate-level commands with map parameters and video filters. We look at more advanced utilization of FFmpeg as well, exploring composition of two video sources with text labels and placement and setting up multiple processes to output multiple bitrates for adaptive delivery.

Speaker:

, CTO, videoRx

Tracks & Special Events

Business and Strategy Track

Created for CEOs, CSOs, media strategists, and business development executives: This is your home at Streaming Media West. This forward-thinking track offers high-level strategic discussions where you can learn from the best where the online video economy is moving.

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Technical and How-to Track

Created for CTOs, engineers, and developers who want one thing: solutions. The video ecosystem is a fragmented mix of platforms and devices: Learn from the pros how you can eliminate the bottlenecks and deliver results.

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Discovery Track

Sessions in this track are educational and the presentations which typically focus on products and customer case-studies, provide a good opportunity to learn more about specific technologies or vendors. Open to all conference attendees and Discovery Pass holders.

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Live Streaming Summit Logo

Live Streaming Summit focuses exclusively on the challenges and opportunities inherent in delivering large-scale live events and live linear channels to multiple screens. Sessions will address every step of the live video workflow, including ingestion, transcoding, management, protection, distribution, analytics, and post-event evaluation.

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OTT Leadership Summit

OTT is the future of television, and this summit is a deep dive into how broadcasters, cable & satellite operators, MVPDs, vMPVDs, and content rights holders can unlock the value of OTT and TV Everywhere.

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Video Engineering Summit

If you're looking for deep dives into HEVC, VP9, AV1, DASH, CMAF, WebRTC, video optimization, or perceptual quality, you’ve come to the right place. Our expert speakers will help you take your video to the next level.

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Esports Sports Streaming Summit

Nowhere is streaming having a bigger impact than on live sports. It's not just how we watch, it's what we watch. This is the place to be for a closer look at the incredibly addicting, highly charged, constantly evolving world of esports and sports streaming. We'll bring you into the conversations happening right now, so you can profit from the changes.

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Streaming Media University Logo

Streaming Media University features world class experts delivering content-rich training. This series of workshops at Streaming Media West 2019 offers attendees the opportunity to get deep-dive training on online video and streaming technologies and provides the sound theories and practicted techniques to beome a top performer in the online video field.

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