Video Engineering Summit

Video compression and related technologies are the bedrock of the online video industry, and they’ve always been the heart of Streaming Media, so we decided it’s time to give it its own summit. The Video Engineering Summit is for the hardcore video engineers, the ones who are really pushing the boundaries of video quality and compression efficiency. It’s a deep dive into encoding and transcoding, packaging and delivery, player and UI development, and formats, protocols, and standards. 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.

Registration Includes

Video Engineering Summit may be registered for separate OR is included with our All Access and Full Two-Day Conference Pass Option. For more information on registration please click here.

  • Access to all Video Engineering Summit conference sessions
  • Access to the Streaming Media West keynotes
  • Access to the Discovery Track
  • Light continental breakfast and morning and afternoon breaks
  • Lunch on Tuesday
  • VIP Mixer on Monday plus the Happy Hour in the Expo and Beer Garden on Tuesday
  • Admission to the Streaming Media West Expo

Sponsorship Opportunities

 Sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here to learn more. 


Tuesday, Nov 13

Track VES: Video Engineering Summit


VES101. Tools & Techniques for Diagnosing & Resolving Problems in Large-Scale Events

Tuesday, November 13: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Developing for and supporting live streaming events like the Super Bowl, the Olympics, and the World Cup require several must-have tools for monitoring, debugging, and identifying and solving problems quickly and effectively. These tools include freeware, open-source solutions, paid products, and some custom tools that RealEyes has developed and shares with the community. This session also discusses some of the “gotchas” and key issues to look for when dealing with major events.


, CEO, RealEyes Media


VES102. Is AV1 Ready for Prime Time?

Tuesday, November 13: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The Alliance for Open Media’s (AOMedia) AV1 codec launched with much ballyhoo at NAB in April 2018, but also with many questions about comparative quality, encoding time, and when the first streams will be deployed by actual services. In this session, AOMedia member Netflix details its comparative results, as well as how and when AV1 was/will be deployed to Netflix viewers.


, Director of Video Algorithms, Netflix

, Manager, Video and Image Encoding, Netflix


VES103. Identifying Root Cause via Playback Metrics

Tuesday, November 13: 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

As more video distribution and consumption mechanisms come online, detailed playback metrics are becoming a video engineer’s go-to tool for validation of platform quality and health. But when quality of experience is key, how can these metrics be used in a way to create timely and actionable solutions to issues? In this presentation, the lead video playback engineer at Vimeo discusses some real-world use cases where utilizing detailed playback metrics led to quickly identifying and solving complex video playback issues.


, Director of Engineering, Video Playback, Vimeo


VES104. Applications for Machine Learning in Streaming Video

Tuesday, November 13: 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

In this panel discussion, industry experts look at how machine learning is used in video quality measurement, per-title encoding, ABR algorithms, delivery optimization, and more. We include realworld publisher stories of machine learning in action, focused on the actual impact to end users. Attendees get a glimpse of the cutting edge of video technology and take away tactics they can use immediately.


, CEO, Mux


, Director of Engineering, Video Experience & Optimization, CBS Interactive

, Engineering Manager, Video Platform, Facebook

, Data Scientist, Mux

, SVP Cloud, Deluxe


VES105. Video Engineering Spotlights

Tuesday, November 13: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Companies on the cutting edge of video engineering and development share the latest technologies that are pushing the industry forward. Details announced soon!

Live Streaming with VP9 at Twitch TV
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

At Twitch, we have been studying how to move from a single codec (H.264) to multiple codecs to provide our viewers the optimal viewing experience. In this session, we will share our findings about VP9’s suitability for live streaming and the technical and industrial challenges such move involves. We will cover VP9 encoding performance, device and player support, and provide an overview of how the transcoding platform need to change to enable VP9 encoding and delivery at scale. Speaker: Tarek Amara, Senior Video Specialist, Twitch TV/Amazon


, Principal Video Specialist, Twitch


Wednesday, Nov 14

Track VES: Video Engineering Summit


VES201. Using CMAF to Cut Costs, Simplify Workflows, & Reduce Latency

Wednesday, November 14: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

The Common Media Application Format (CMAF) has the potential to be the converged media container for HLS, DASH, and other ABR formats to follow. But how soon can companies start to leverage this format and in what ways? This presentation provides an overview of the spec, the benefits, and presents some short case studies that describe how companies are using CMAF today.


, Multimedia System Architect, NexTreams


VES202. Video Engineering Spotlights

Wednesday, November 14: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Companies on the cutting edge of video engineering and development share the latest technologies that are pushing the industry forward. Details announced soon!

Optimizing ABR Encode Quality & Performance
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

While codecs have been defined for a wide array of video applications, Adaptive Bit Rate characteristics enable significant further performance and quality gains. This session identifies enhancements such as deep profile re-use and fast latency-free live per-scene intelligence to further improve performance and quality in both existing as well as next generation codecs.


, Sr. Director Engineering, IDT


VES203. WebRTC: The Future Champion of Low Latency Video

Wednesday, November 14: 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

HLS and MPEG-DASH are the current standards for HTTP-based live streaming, but these designs are inherently slow and add delays to live feeds. Sub-second latency is critical for scenarios such as gambling, auctions, interactive communications, VR, sports, and gaming. WebRTC is touted for its sub-second latency but couldn’t scale to the volume needed by CDNs and couldn’t reach Apple devices. In this session, learn about a novel WebRTC-based solution that would match current CDNs in terms of reach (all devices), quality, cost, and scale, while providing sub-500 milliseconds latency.


, Founder and CEO, CosMo Software Consulting and IETF, W3C, AOMEDIA

, CEO, Millicast


VES204. Architecting Your Own One-to-Many Ultra-Low Latency Service

Wednesday, November 14: 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Perhaps one of the more popular use cases for ultra-low latency (ULL) streaming is the live trivia space. With restricted targets that only include smartphones and leave browser dependencies behind, low latency game producers can choose from a range of SDKs for native app streaming capabilities. In this session, learn more about the critical elements needed to successfully pull off predictable and regular broadcasts with cloud-based services.


, Streaming Solutions Architect, videoRx

, CEO, Plondo Network Inc.

, Marketing Director, Plondo Network Inc.

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