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Featured Articles

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

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 Spotlight: Flip Video Ultra

The Flip Video Ultra is so much more than it at first seems to be. It is so simple that for the first time in years I have been able to focus on what I am filming rather than how to improve the image. The output is simple and effective and the extra software, although simple, actually turns it into a great communications tool.
Thurs., 10 July, by Dom Robinson
Featured Articles, Posted 10 Jul 2008

2008 Readers' Choice Awards: Call for Nominations

Last year, more than 3,000 people voted in the inaugural Readers' Choice Awards. This year's awards feature a new, expanded list of categories. Nominations are due by July 21, so get yours in today.
Thurs., July 10, by Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen
Featured Articles, Posted 09 Jul 2008

Interoperability and Simplicity the Key Trends at Connections 2008

This year's Connections conference highlighted the paths and pitfalls to streaming in the home, with competing approaches offering simplified user experiences. And while there's a push towards a unified standard, its realizations seems a long ways off.
Tues., July 8, by IdaRose Sylvester and Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Jul 2008

It's All in the Delivery: A Look at the Top Video Players of Today and Tomorrow

Today's media players are advancing broadcast media by leveraging the internet as a delivery medium. As such, these technologies are now becoming disruptive far beyond the confines of the web.
Thurs., July 3, by Ezra Davidson

Featured Articles, Posted 03 Jul 2008

Google and Yahoo Roll out Flash Search

Adobe has released code to search engine giants Google and Yahoo! that allow them to index content ins SWF files, including metadata about Flash Video embedded in the SWF file.
Tues., July 1, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Jul 2008

Class Act: Is DIY the Way to Go for Educational Institutions?

With a DIY approach to online video, you're substituting one resource for another—time for money. It's not a bad equation, particularly if your institution is just testing the waters, but it is wise to recognize that trade-off at the start and budget learning time as an investment in your school's online success.
Fri., June 27, by Paul Riismandel
Featured Articles, Posted 27 Jun 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

Commentary: In-Stream Ads—The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Content owners need to monetize their videos. But, writes the Watchman, if you're going to make people watch ads to get to free video, you should make the experience as easy and painless as possible.
Friday, June 20, by Geoff Daily

Featured Articles, Posted 20 Jun 2008

BBC To Begin Streaming BBC One Live

BBC One will be the first major channel in the UK to be streamed live in its entirety, building on the success of the iPlayer. The news comes on the heels of a BBC Trust audit that severely scolded bbc.co.uk for overspending.
Mon., 16 June, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 16 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

Industry Perspectives: The Power of Enterprise Video

Video is much more powerful and compelling than simply providing a written document or audio clip without using visuals, but care must be taken to implement an enterprise video strategy effectively.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2008

Streams of Thought: Everything Old Is New Again

A "where are they now?" look at some of the names associated with the early days of the Streaming Media shows.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2008

Analyze That: PC-TV Convergence

This months' question: At this point, just about anyone with a broadband connection, a recent-model TV, and a few hundred dollars to spend on a set-top box can watch internet-delivered video on his TV screen. We know they're able; the question is, are U.S. consumers ready and willing to embrace the PC-to-the-TV leap, or are they not quite there yet?
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2008

Spicy Ideas: A Day in the Life of a Media Junkie

We cannot escape. We cannot look away. Everywhere we go, we are surrounded by screens pumping out video and speakers piping in audio. Good or bad, it is a way of life for most of the world—even more so for those of us who are hyper-connected.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2008
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