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Forum Presentation: Royalties on H264, HEVC, and DASH

March 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Forum Presentation: Royalties on H264, HEVC, and DASH

I gave a recent talk on royalties at the Streaming Forum, entitled HEVC, H.264 and MPEG-DASH Royalty Update. Here’s the description.
Ten years ago, to stream video, you needed to know how to encode to H.264 and configure Flash. Now you have to be a patent lawyer. The end of 2016 was brutal from a royalty perspective. MPEG LA did the unthinkable and launched a DASH patent pool, which will impact all OTT producers with more than 100,000 customers. Will they launch a similar pool for HLS using the same IP? Nokia sued Apple for H.264 patent infringement, asserting a novel theory that could enable royalties far beyond the $0.20/unit charged by MPEG LA and impact all producers using H.264. And in a rare act of sensibility, unfortunately unmatched by MPEG LA, HEVC Advanced waived royalties on certain classes of HEVC decoders. You can pay your patent attorney 1000 quid …Read more

Download Handout from Rating HEVC Contenders

February 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Download Handout from Rating HEVC Contenders

Below is the handout from my presentation at the Streaming Forum entitled, HEVC: Rating the Contenders Operators adding HEVC to their delivery pipeline will have plenty of codec options, but who has the time to ...Read more

Facebook Live: A Progress Report After One Year of Growth

January 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Facebook Live: A Progress Report After One Year of Growth

How are organizations such as PBS and TechCrunch using Facebook Live to reach and grow their audiences? The platform has been with us for a year now, so it's time to check in. We’ve all ...Read more

Choosing the Data Rate for your Mezzanine Files

January 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Choosing the Data Rate for your Mezzanine Files

(Note: This article was amended to show the comparative results at 6 mbps) Summary (The MPD) As more and more producers move their encoding to the cloud, or distributing via OVPs or other service providers, ...Read more

Facebook Live Case Studies

January 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Facebook Live Case Studies

We spoke with 15 publishers including PBS, The YES Network, and TechCrunch to find out exactly how they're broadcasting to Facebook Live, and the technology they're using to do it. For our article "Facebook Live: ...Read more

Apple Makes Sweeping Changes to HLS Encoding Recommendations

January 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Apple Makes Sweeping Changes to HLS Encoding Recommendations

Author's note: This article was updated to include subjective comparisons of the 30p and 60p clips.  N2224 has long been considered the Rosetta Stone of ABR encoding (image courtesy of Beamr). Apple TN2224 was originally posted ...Read more

Containing Costs: How Publishers Can Save Money on ABR Encoding

December 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Containing Costs: How Publishers Can Save Money on ABR Encoding

Many companies spend too much on adaptive bitrate encoding. In turns out there's a pricey way to go about it and a cheaper way. Dynamic packaging to the rescue! Let me throw a couple of ...Read more

Recent Blogs

Download Free Chapter on HEVC from FFmpeg Book

June 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Download Free Chapter on HEVC from FFmpeg Book

Below you can download a sample chapter of my new book, Learn to Produce Video with FFmpeg in 30 Minutes or Less. It's Chapter 12 Encoding HEVC, and I'm making it available for free for two reasons. First and most important, the FFmpeg-related content in another book, Video Encoding by the Numbers, is flat out wrong. So if you have the Video Encoding book and need to output HEVC via FFmpeg, please download the chapter below. Second, as you may have heard, Apple will soon add HEVC decoding to in the latest versions of MacOS, iOS, and tvOS. So, now is a good time to get up to speed on HEVC. That's it. The chapter is preceded by much discussion about basics like setting resolution, bitrate control, keyframe interval and the like, so it jumps right into HEVC encoding. As you'll see, like the rest of the book, the chapter is short, sweet, ...Read more

HDR Resources on Streaming Media

June 20th, 2017|Comments Off on HDR Resources on Streaming Media

If you're interested in learning about HDR production, check out three articles on the Streaming Media website. Blackest Blacks: Ten Things to Know About Producing HDR. The feature story details what HDR is and how ...Read more

Apple Embraces HEVC: What this Means for the Codec Market

June 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Apple Embraces HEVC: What this Means for the Codec Market

At the recent World Wide Developer's Conference (WWDC), Apple announced that the next versions of Safari, iOS, and tvOS will support HLS with HEVC encoded video. This puts Apple firmly in the HEVC camp, with ...Read more

Ozer Publishes New Book, Learn to Produce Videos with FFmpeg in 30 Minutes or Less

June 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Ozer Publishes New Book, Learn to Produce Videos with FFmpeg in 30 Minutes or Less

Learn to Produce Video with FFmpeg in 30 Minutes or Less, is an entry level book for developers who need to produce single MP4 or adaptive groups with FFmpeg, the free, open-source utility used in ...Read more

Adobe Kills Title Utility in Premiere Pro; Take a Deep Breath; It’s OK

May 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Adobe Kills Title Utility in Premiere Pro; Take a Deep Breath; It’s OK

Just back from Streaming Media East where I was interviewed by Tim Siglin on Facebook Live about my new book. I downloaded the video file from Facebook and wanted to create a quick excerpt, but ...Read more

Download Handout for Technologies for Live Streaming to Multiple Platforms

May 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Download Handout for Technologies for Live Streaming to Multiple Platforms

Here's the description; handout is below. LS103 - Technologies for Live Streaming to Multiple Platforms Streaming to one live streaming service is so 2016. Today, in addition to streaming to your own website or app, ...Read more

Download Handout for Comparing And Choosing The Best HEVC Codec

May 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Download Handout for Comparing And Choosing The Best HEVC Codec

I'll be speaking on HEVC, VP9, and AV1 at Streaming Media East, though the presentation description mentions only HEVC. You can download the handout below. Here's the description. A102 - How To: Comparing And Choosing ...Read more