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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.

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.

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, including I-frame intervals, bitrate control, two-pass encoding, and audio parameters.

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

The Building Blocks of the Metaverse

The most important aspects of the entire metaverse project are the interchange standards and the tools, protocols, formats, and services that enable persistent and ubiquitous virtual simulations. Without them, there will be no metaverse.

Is FTP Really Dead? Tell Us In a New Streaming Media Survey

We're doing research into the state of file transfer, and we need your input. Just for taking the Media and Broadcast File-Transfer Workflow survey, you'll be entered into a drawing to win a DJI Mini SE drone.

Blockchain and NFTs: Power to the Creators

Some say NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are a novelty, a status symbol for the crypto rich, and a bubble that's bound to burst. Others argue that NFTs will fundamentally change business models in the creative industries. It's early days, but there's plenty of momentum behind NFTs and blockchain. Here's what you need to know.

Video Editing in the Cloud

There are many cloud-based editing solutions available, nearly too many to count. Who should consider using them and why? How can you tell them apart? That's what we'll cover in this article.

Review: The Roland V-160HD Hybrid Event Video Switcher

While detailing every feature of this switcher is beyond the scope of the article, we'll present the top 10 features we fully appreciate on the Roland V-160HD, peppered with some constructive criticism for good measure.

Beyond Software: Hardware Processing for Streaming at Scale

Whether you use the cloud or a hybrid solution to encode your live or on-demand streaming content, high-efficiency hardware-based encoding has come of age. This article explores the math and science behind these at-scale solutions that are not only good for business, but also good for the environment.

Reconsidering Format and Media in the OTT Era

In an era when format and medium have been decoupled, and OTT has changed the notion of what is TV and what is film, 3Q's Andrew McCargar stresses in this clip from Streaming Forum Connect 2021 the importance of choosing format and media for a project, such as internal corporate training, based not on traditional categories, but by what you're trying to achieve, and adopt technologies that will serve that purpose best.

Challenges of OTT Cloud Migration

ITV's Vinay Gupta and castLabs' James Hynard discuss some of the roadblocks encountered in the partially completed journey to fully cloud-based OTT workflows in this clip from Streaming Forum Connect 2021.

COVID-19 and the Democratisation of Streaming

Fairmile's Ian Nock and PUSH's Larry Gale discuss how streaming has become essential in many areas that never recognized the need for it before the pandemic, the ways a vast range of people are engaging with it, and how the infrastructure and capabilities necessary to get streams online have grown with the demand, leaving only audio delivery lagging behind in this clip from Streaming Forum Connect 2021.

Have Cloud-Based Workflows Improved Streaming Latency?

Streaming Video Alliance's Jason Thibeault and NENT Sport Nordic's Martin Bergstrom discuss the impact of ascendant cloud workflows on streaming latency in this clip from Streaming Forum Connect 2021.

Streaming Players and OTT Cost Optimisation

castLabs' James Hynard and ITV's Vinay Gupta discuss the convergence of streaming players and its impact on OTT cost optimisation in this clip from their panel at Streaming Forum Connect 2021.

The Business Case for Reducing Video Latency

We talk a lot about the technical side of latency, but what about the business side? As a content or service provider, what will it cost me if I don't invest in reducing latency? And does it vary by use case? Streaming Video Alliance's Jason Thibeault, nanocosmos' Oliver Lietz, and NENT Sport Nordic's Martin Bergstrom discuss the business impact of reducing latency in this clip from Streaming Forum Connect 2021.

How the Pandemic Has Affected Live Music Streaming

PUSH's Larry Gale, 3Q's Andrew McCargar, and Fairmile's Ian Nock discuss the emergence of pay-per-view and SVOD models for live music consumption during the pandemic, and how they will impact the future of live music.

IBC: We've Been Apart for Too Long

The international focus of events like IBC generate a sense of excitement and a critical mass of activity that drives the whole industry forward. That momentum has been noticeably lacking in 2021, and it's time to get the ball rolling again.

How to Choose CDN Partners

ITV's Vinay K. Gupta discusses the challenges of choosing the right CDN partner for a specific use case, and the advantages of pursuing a multi-CDN solution in this clip from Streaming Forum Connect 2021.

The Streaming Toolbox: Vistex GTMS, Agora, Transmit

Vistex's GTMS manages content licensing, Agora provides transport protocols and SDKs for interactive media app developers, and Transmit offers a new spin on advertising