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The Future's So Bright: H.264 Year in Review

H.264 was definitely the 'it' codec of 2008, and despite its complex and potentially expensive licensing, it will likely only become more pervasive in years to come.
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Feb 2009

Nonlinear Video Editors for Streaming Postproduction

The last year saw developments—some big, some small—to all of the major nonlinear video editing platforms. Here's a look at the latest word from Adobe, Apple, Avid, and Sony.
Wed., Feb. 11, by Jan Ozer
Featured Articles, Posted 11 Feb 2009

Review: LSI Tarari Encoder Accelerator LCPX-6140

The LSI Tarari Encoder Accelerator is a solid and affordable option for high-volume producers who need to accelerate their VC-1 encoding.
Featured Articles, Posted 29 Dec 2008

The HD Showdown: Codec Vendors Battle It Out for Supreme Quality

Microsoft, On2, and Jan Ozer square off to determine which codec produces the highest quality video: VC-1, VP6, or H.264.
Featured Articles, Posted 11 Dec 2008

Sun's JavaFX Sets Out to Challenge Flash and Silverlight

The JavaFX Production Suite, targeted at web developers and designers, offers integration with Adobe tools while potentially offering competition to Adobe's AIR efforts. Meanwhile, On2 plays both sides of the fence.
Mon., Dec. 8, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Dec 2008

H.264 Lessons from iTunes

For all the talk about H.264, it's still not widely used for streaming, at least in the U.S. In iTunes, however, it's the norm. We take a look at how well it's working for Apple.
Tues., Oct. 21, by Jan Ozer
Featured Articles, Posted 21 Oct 2008

Decoding the Truth About Hi-Def Video Production

Many low-powered computers have trouble playing back high-definition video encoded using one or more of the big three codecs, but there are ways to improve performance.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Oct 2008

Commentary: Pieces of (VP)8

On2 supporters cry foul, both before and after the company announces VP8. But On2’s announcement actually raises more questions than it answers, and it’s too soon to tell what impact it will have on the online video world.
Fri., Sept. 19, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 19 Sep 2008

IBC 2008 Kicks Off

Highlights in the early announcements from Amsterdam—from companies like Microsoft, Digital Rapids, HaiVision, and Motorola—emphasize the growth in H.264 and set-top box penetration.
Fri., Sept. 12, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Sep 2008

Streams of Thought: H.264 Wins—Now What?

WIth Microsoft's announcement that it's adding H.264 playback to Silverlight, some would argue that H.264 has emerged triumphant in the codec wars. So what does that mean for the future of online video?
Tues., Sept. 9, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 09 Sep 2008

So Many H.264 Codecs, So Little Time

Unlike the quality of either WMV or VP6-based Flash files, which are relatively homogenous due to their common origin, the quality of H.264 video varies depending upon who developed the codec and, to a lesser degree, the encoding tool. Here's a comparison of H.264 files produced using codecs from Apple, Dicas, and MainConcept.
Tues., Aug. 26, by Jan Ozer

Featured Articles, Posted 26 Aug 2008

Industry Perspectives: Keeping an Eye on Video Quality

With the rise of user-generated content, one could argue that the process of video encoding has become oversimplified of late. It's time to take a step back and put more emphasis on correctly encoding content for high-quality video and audio.
Fri., Aug. 8, by Simon Factor
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Aug 2008

Tutorial: High-Touch Encoding With Microsoft Expression Encoder 2

A walk through some of the new encoding features of Microsoft’s new Expression Encoder 2 product for high-quality compression, authoring with Silverlight skins, and publishing to the Silverlight Streaming service.
Fri., Sept. 12, by Ben Waggoner
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Aug 2008

Streaming Media Podcast #20: All-Stars and Format Wars

The first in a series of podcasts with Streaming Media All Stars, this spirited discussion with Nico McLane includes Jan Ozer and several opinions on Windows Media, Flash, H.264 and the needs of enterprise user.
Fri., July 11, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 11 Jul 2008

Streaming Media Podcast #19: InfoComm and NxtComm

Tim Siglin podcasts from Infocomm and NxtComm, both held in Las Vegas, with special guest host IdaRose Sylvester, who discusses a new set-top box from Amino and the VN-Matrix streaming encoder/decoder from Electrosonic.
Tues., June 24, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 24 Jun 2008

Cracking the H.264 Codec

H.264 is undoubtedly the hottest codec around, but there are inherent market forces that complicate producing files that meet the needs of your target playback device or player. These include the fact that there are multiple H.264 codecs available, each with different configurable parameters, and that each H.264 encoding tool reveals a custom set of compression options.
Featured Articles, Posted 23 Jun 2008

Under the Hood: File Analysis Tools for Streaming Video

For the most part, streaming files provide a pitiful amount of useable data, which makes programs that provide insight to the content of these files invaluable to compressionists. Depending upon your needs and operating system, there are a number of programs—most free, some at a price—that may fit the bill quite nicely. In this article, we look at a several such programs, including Apple’s QuickTime Pro, Steve Greenberg’s GSpot Codec Information Appliance, Inlet Technologies’ Semaphore, Jerome Martinez’s MediaInfo, and Sliq Media’s WMSnoop.
Tues., June 17, by Jan Ozer
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Jun 2008

Review: Rhozet Carbon Coder 3

"Impressive" turns out to be a good adjective for the version 3.0 update in general, which significantly improves an already highly competent product. Rhozet has made several useful streaming-codec-related improvements, enhanced watch-folder functionality, and improved the program's interface. Encoding trials immediately revealed that Carbon Coder remains highly tuned for fast, multiprocessor efficiency.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2008

Review: Sorenson Squeeze 5

With Squeeze 5, Sorenson took baby steps in some critical new directions. Unfortunately, unless it's your child, baby steps are seldom graceful or particularly effective, and that's the case here.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2008
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