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March/April 2022 - Sourcebook

Magazine Features

The State of Live Streaming 2022

There is little doubt that an accelerated switch to streaming is underway —in the sports world especially—and that this is probably happening more rapidly in the U.S. than in any other market.

The State of OTT 2022

If the story of 2020 and 2021 was largely of pandemic-propelled streamer growth, then 2022 and beyond is shaping up to be a period in which the industry has to adapt to a more complex ecosystem.

The State of Video Codecs 2022

With H.264 usage finally beginning to decline and several newer codecs ascendant, this 2022 codec update reports on the most significant announcements from the last year relating to H.264, VP9, HEVC, AV1, VVC, LCEVC, and EVC.

The State of Real-Time Streaming 2022

The pandemic highlighted the need for ultra-low-latency video. Here's a look at how the industry has responded, from LL-HLS and DASH to WebRTC

The State of Enterprise Video 2022

Moving from virtual meetings to hybrid and back again has us tired all of the time, but it's not going away anytime soon. Welcome to the golden age of enterprise video.

The State of Video Monetization 2022

Since the bottom fell out of the advertising market in Q1 2020, the industry has been on a rebound across platforms—and shows no signs of slowing. FAST and AVOD are growing, SVOD services are trying to stay relevant, and NFTs are enabling a new creator economy.

The State of Education Video 2022

Now that students have returned to the classroom, schools and universities face an existential dilemma about the role video will play going forward.

Streamticker 2022: The Biggest Streaming Mergers and Acquisitions from Last Year

2021 was a heck of a year for streaming industry mergers and acquisitions, and there's no sign of them slowing down. Here are the deals that set the stage for 2022.

Buyers' Guide: Per-Title Encoding

In per-title encoding, an encoding service creates a unique encoding ladder for each video file. While available for live streaming, per-title encoding is most often utilized with video on demand.

Testing EVC, VVC, and LCEVC: How Do the Latest MPEG Codecs Stack Up?

Jan Ozer put EVC, VVC, and LCEVC through the paces, checking each for not only encoding quality, encoding complexity, and playback efficiency but also power consumption. Each one has its pros and cons; read on to find out how they all performed.

How to Run a Remote Production with easylive.io

Like any multiple-input live production tool, easylive.io has a learning curve, particularly when managing multiple remote guests. But if you can drive a desktop tool like Wirecast or vMix, you'll find easylive.io a breeze.

How to Encode with FFmpeg 5.0

Rather than focusing on random tasks, this tutorial will walk you through the fundamentals of encoding with the latest version of FFmpeg.

How to Implement Low-Latency HLS (LL HLS)

Rather than focusing on random tasks, this tutorial will walk you through the fundamentals of encoding for low latency HLS with FFmpeg, OBS, Mux Video, and THEOplayer

Editor's Note

Help Others Stream

Those of us in the industry sometimes lose sight of the fact that billions of people around the world have never used the internet, much less connected on Zoom or watched The Mandalorian in 4K. Here's one way you can help streaming video reach those who don't have good connectivity.

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