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Submit Your Nominations Now for the 2022 Streaming Media 50 List

Want to make sure your company is considered for our annual list of the most important, innovative, and interesting companies in the online video space? Read on, and send in your nominations by August 1.

Netflix and Microsoft Team for Ads as Wider Consolidation Looms 

Having signalled its intent to launch an ad-supported service earlier this year, Netflix' announcement of Microsoft as its partner in the venture prompted immediate speculation about Redmond's intent to buy the streamer wholesale.

Integrating NDI Sources From Conferencing Platforms

Live-event video production during COVID has rapidly accelerated the use of NDI output from popular conferencing tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, particularly for one-to-many broadcasts in which remote contributors are the norm. This article will explain how to enable NDI in Zoom and Microsoft Teams for higher-quality input sources into your live-streaming workflow.

Cloud vs. On-Prem vs. Hybrid Streaming Workflows

Everything streaming is moving to the cloud, right? Not so fast. Where you keep your content and do your work depends on your own particular circumstances. And on-prem is by no means dead.

Announcing the 2022 Streaming Media European Innovation Awards

We've renamed our annual readers' choice awards, but it's still the only awards programme in the industry that gives a voice to the people who matter most—the ones who actually use these products and services every day. We're now accepting nominations in 16 categories, until 24 June.

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.

Testing EVC, VVC, and LCEVC: How Do the Latest MPEG Codecs Stack Up?

Jan Ozer put EVC, VVC, and LCEVC through the paces, checking each for not only encoding quality, encoding complexity, and playback efficiency but also power consumption. Each one has its pros and cons; read on to find out how they all performed.

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.