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April/May 2016

Magazine Features

Stop the Skepticism: VR Video Makes a Believer Out of Anyone

Viewers don't need to strap a heavy piece of equipment to their heads to get immersed in virtual reality video. Even everyday scenes take on a new richness.

30 Days to a Better (Streaming) You: Conferences Lead the Way

Spring is the time to sharpen your streaming skills. If you started with NAB last week, be sure to continue your journey with Streaming Media East in May.

Streaming Video in Higher Education Has Had a Slow Evolution

Colleges and universities were among the earliest adopters of online video, but getting it right took some time. Here's a look back at a 21-year history.

Today's OTT Marketplace: Skinny Bundles Feed Bloated Appetites

When it came to streaming video, Americans wanted every channel available on every device. Now that that's a reality, is it too much of a good thing?

The Cost of the Cloud for Video Encoding: Crunching the Numbers

Cloud encoding companies offer software-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service options. Here's how to decide when to go with the cloud, and which option is right for your needs.

Fashion Week Los Angeles Gets a Streaming Video Makeover

Streaming Media connected a struggling and unprofitable online operation with an expert in live video event production: Fashion Week LA solved its pain points with a master class in streaming.

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.

How to Produce Virtual Reality Video for Online Delivery

In this series of articles, learn the tools and workflows used in a recent testing project to see how VR compares to 2D video and audio as an educational tool.

How to Manage and Integrate On-site and Off-site Audience and Presenter Interactions in Live Webcasts

Producers face unique demands when managing both live and online audiences and presenters at the same time. Here are two different methods for achieving excellent results.

How to Eliminate Ground-Loop Hum in Live Event Productions

Every live producer knows half of good video is 90% audio, and intrusive ground loop hum can ruin even the most visually pristine webcast. Here we'll look at how to identify the source of the problem and detail two possible solutions.

Review: Sony PXW-FS5

Talk about a rave review: This Sony delivers everything needed in a professional video camera: Sony's large-sensor, an interchangeable-lens, and 4K-capable PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super35.

Eventstream Review: Profit From Paid Live Online Video Events

The combination of Eventstream, Eventbrite, and YouTube Live lets anyone charge for a live webinar, generating leads they can use to grow their business. While a strong contender, the help system could be a lot more helpful.

The Video Doctor

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.

Future in Focus

Online Video vs. TV: Have We Finally Reached the Tipping Point?

While many in the industry are declaring traditional pay TV dead, the statistics tell a different story. Here's what needs to change before online takes over.

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