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2009 Encoder Shootout

Report cards on the seven leading software encoding tools
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Feb 2009

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

Adobe's New eLearning Suite

The Adobe eLearning Suite, which includes the brand-new Captivate 4, takes aim at both rich media presentation tools and conferencing/collaboration platforms with offerings that should appeal to both academic users and enterprise training departments.
Tues., Jan. 20, by Paul Riismandel
Featured Articles, Posted 20 Jan 2009

Reviewed: Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium

Each and every one of the suite’s features and technologies has been improved in CS4, some significantly. With an eye toward accelerating encoding workflows and an initial foray into mission-critical metadata entry and retrieval, the product offers noteworthy improvements that merit attention.
Thurs., Jan. 8, by Paul Schmutzler and Tim Siglin

Featured Articles, Posted 08 Jan 2009

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

Back to Basics: H.264 Transcoding for Flash

At Adobe MAX in Milan earlier this week, Flash developer Fabio Sonnati presented a session packed with suggestions for transcoding H.264 video for Flash delivery.
Fri., Dec. 5, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 05 Dec 2008

A Closer Look at Adobe Flash Media Server 3.5

Two new features—Dynamic Streaming and Digital Video Recorder functionality—are the culmination of Adobe's latest attempts to maintain video quality in the face of network unreliability.
Wed., Nov. 19, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 19 Nov 2008

Everything Changes In (A) Flash

Adobe's Flash Media Server 3.5, used in beta by CDNs like CDNetworks, competes with Wowza's newly announced pay-as-you-go streaming server subscription service.
Mon., Nov. 17 by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 17 Nov 2008

Akamai and Microsoft Attempt to Stream HD Smoothly

Using a new Microsoft technology called Smooth Streaming along with silverlight, Akamai broadcasts its high-def appeal to media companies.
Tues., Oct. 28, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 28 Oct 2008

Hitchhiker's Guide to Streaming Media: HTTP Streaming

The term "HTTP streaming" got tossed around quite a bit at last week's Streaming Media Europe as a way to get through corporate firewalls. But not all "HTTP streaming" is created equal, nor is it always actually streaming.
Fri., 24 Oct., by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 24 Oct 2008

Adobe Releases Final Version of Flash Player 10

New 3D features, text engine, and GPU acceleration are included in the new release, as well as the multi-bitrate streaming capability with an upcoming version of Flash Media Server.
Wed., Oct. 15, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Oct 2008

Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2

Microsoft announced Silverlight 2 will be available for download on Tuesday; company says "1 in 4 consumers have access," and announces upcoming adoption by CBS College Sports Network and Blockbuster.
Mon., Oct 13, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 13 Oct 2008

Review: The Video-Enabled Adobe Acrobat 9

With deep Flash integration, including the ability to convert multiple video formats for Flash Video playback, the new version of Acrobat 9 isn't your grandma's e-paper.
Fri., Oct. 3, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 03 Oct 2008

Flashpoint: Live Flash Video—Ready for Prime Time?

Flash video has achieved widespread popularity, but how well can it handle live streaming?
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Sep 2008

Game On: Adobe, Microsoft, and Others Battle It Out in the Sports Video Space

The NFL is using Adobe Flash and AIR, the Fighting Irish are using Microsoft Silverlight, and companies like Createcna and Envivio are pushing their solutions hard in the sports video marketplace and at IBC.
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

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

On2 Gets Into the Olympic Act

Chinese streaming broadcaster rights now licensed to several interested parties, and On2 is getting into the act, announcing that Chinese Central Television’s CCTV.com will be using the Flix Engine to encode content with VP6.
Thurs., July 17, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 17 Jul 2008
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