Performing Log file analysis with Sawmill

Posted by Derrick on May 26, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Consider performing log file analysis with Sawmill. If you have some log files that you need to analyze, Sawmill is an excellent tool for this purpose. The log analysis tool can process almost any log on the planet. What’s also nice is you can customize reports, use macros, apply filters and zoom in to analyze data even more. With Sawmill you can resolve domain names, create users, assign user roles and perform a host of other task. A feature I think is very cool is the ability to create users accounts and assign them a Statistics Visitor role. This means you can have the user log-in from anywhere with Internet access to view stats without having access to Administrative settings. There are many more features found in this tool. You should at least download a 30 day trial of Sawmill. Get some Firewall, Web Server, Streaming Server, System, or FTP logs and analyze them with this tool.

ViewCast Announces Support for Microsoft IIS Smooth Streaming

Posted by Derrick on May 19, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

ViewCast Corporation, a developer of industry-leading hardware and software for the transformation, delivery and management of professional quality video over IP and mobile networks, announced support for Microsoft Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS) Smooth Streaming content delivery platform for Microsoft Silverlight. Working seamlessly with the IIS Smooth Streaming advanced, HTTP-based adaptive streaming technology, select Niagara streaming media encoders will enable media companies and consumers alike to take advantage of bandwidth-optimized, high-definition (HD) content streamed over the Internet.

IIS Smooth Streaming enables content creators and delivery networks to stream video on
demand (VOD) and live events to consumers’ PCs in the highest possible quality – including true HD (720p) – transparently adapting video stream quality to accommodate users’ available bandwidth without freezing or buffering the stream. This approach ensures that users can enjoy the highest possible quality online viewing experience, while enabling media companies to provide a consistent, seamless viewing experience that extends average viewing times and associated revenue opportunities.

“IIS Smooth Streaming technology is an exciting advance for media streaming applications, bringing media companies and consumers one step closer to realizing television-caliber programming definition and continuity via the Internet,” said Dave Stoner, ViewCast President and CEO. “By supporting IIS Smooth Streaming technology with our Niagara streaming media encoders, we’re enabling our customers to seamlessly scale their media streaming applications to meet the unique requirements of their viewers. But we’re also demonstrating to the marketplace the importance of our technology. As advancements like Microsoft IIS Smooth Streaming generate growth in Internet video programming, they also generate new interest and growth in our technology. ”

“Microsoft is committed to bringing next-generation media experiences to the Web via IIS Smooth Streaming and Silverlight in order to provide the scalability and quality of service that media companies require to grow their online video businesses,” said Steve Sklepowich, group product manager for Silverlight at Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft is enabling ViewCast to realize the full promise of true HD via Microsoft’s adaptive streaming platform, providing direct benefit to their customers.”

ViewCast Niagara streaming media encoders are designed to deliver the quality, features and ease-of-use convenience that professional broadcasters demand. They are pre-configured, plug-and-play solutions that enable users to quickly capture and broadcast premium quality audio and video in multiple formats and at multiple bit rates – all simultaneously.

Video Streaming & Compression Training (2 Days)

Posted by Derrick on May 17, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Class Summary:

This Video Streaming and Compression Training will help you with the overwhelming task of getting familiar with streaming and compression. Your instructor will guide you through the process of adding streaming video to your streaming server for delivery to computers, iOS devices and mobile devices.  Our training will give you a better understanding of streaming video, compression, real-time streaming, downloadable streaming, adaptive streaming, and Live streaming. You will learn important concepts and techniques for compressing your videos. Participants will be educated on how to convert videos to Windows Media, QuickTime, ProRes, WebM, H.264, VP9, and H.265. Students will become familiar with the various applications fologo-switch-1024x1024r compressing video for the web and streaming server delivery. This class is a great introduction for video professionals, IT Professionals, multimedia developers, web designers, government producers, educational professionals and other individuals that need to start adding video and audio content on-line. Day 1 of the Video Streaming and Compression Training focuses on video compression and preparing content in various formatslogo-standard-notag-1200px_bitmovin and flavors for delivery streaming server and for file-based playback. During Day 2, students will get a better understanding of the web authoring process for delivering streaming videos. Also, participants will learn how to author streaming videos for Flash and HTML5 playback. Overall, this class is about helping students gain a better understanding of video encoding, On-demand and Live streaming server delivery, and creating webpages for delivering content with media players.  Our Video Streaming and Compression Training class is available On-site or On-line. Contact us for more details.

Cost: $1580
Class is available for Mac and Windows platforms

Students are provided with the following:

  • Training certificate
  • 3 hours of post training technical support
  • Video recording of the entire training session

In this training students will learn:

  • How to encode for HTML5 Delivery
  • How to encode for Adaptive Streaming and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)
  • Best Practices for Compression and Streaming
  • How to encode to QuickTime, Windows Media, H.264, WebM, ProRes, and VP9 formats
  • What the best CODECS are for various streaming formats
  • How to author Real-Time Streaming Videos
  • How to author Adaptive Streaming Videos
  • How to encode for Streaming Video Playback on iOS and Android  Devices
  • Benefits of 1-Pass CBR, 1-Pass VBR, 2-pass CBR and 2-Pass VBR compression
  • Knowledge of Deinterlacing, Key Frame Every, Frames Per Second, and other items
  • How to set up Live Streaming
  • How to encode videos using Sorenson Squeeze
  • How to utilize Switch for video analysis before and after encoding

Featured Software for the class:

  • Sorenson Squeeze 11
  • Wirecast 7
  • Wowza Streaming Engine 4.6
  • Bitmovin Player
  • JW Player
  • Switch

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Day 1 Overview – Compression and Encoding

1. Streaming and Compression Overview

Do you need a web server or streaming server to host your video content on-line? Are you putting downloadable streaming videos or real-time streaming videos on your website? Find out what will work best for your streaming needs. Learn the benefits of providing downloadable streaming, real-time streaming, adaptive streaming, or HTTP Live Streaming videos on your website. See how different streaming and compression tools can assist you in getting your streaming content on-line for desktops, iOS devices and Android devices. Also learn various Best Practices for Streaming and Compression

One of the most important elements of the video compression process is working with CODECs. Learn what CODECs are and which CODECs should be used when compressing to Windows Media, QuickTime, Flash, WebM and H.264. This class will help you understand how to choose the right Video and Audio CODECS for your projects. This class will also cover the differences between MPEG-4 Part 2 and MPEG-4 Part 10 (AVC/H.264). You also learn about CODECS and container formats used to delivery to HTML5 compatible browsers.

2. Overview of Streaming Media Formats

In this portion of the class we will go over the streaming formats and talk about the good and bad of each. We’ll cover QuickTime, Windows Media, H.264, H.265 and WebM. Not only will you learn about each format’s advantages and disadvantages but you will learn first-hand which CODECS to use for you media projects in our hands-on training for Day 1.

3. Hands-on Compression with Sorenson Squeeze

Students will learn basic and advanced tips for encoding their videos with Sorenson Squeeze. Students will learn advanced tips for compressing H.264, QuickTime, Windows Media, H.265, and WebM videos using Sorenson Squeeze. Students will also learn how to create watch folders, trim videos, customize format compression settings, and customize filter settings. In this training section, class participants will also learn how to automate the process for uploading videos to a Streaming server or Website. Deinterlacing video and adjusting audio levels during encoding with Squeeze will also be covered in this training module.

4. Hands-on Compression for Delivery to iOS devices (iPhone and iPad)

Students will learn how to compress video content for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch using Sorenson Squeeze. Participants will also learn how to adjust their compression settings to get a high quality result by selecting the following: Frame Size, Datarate, Video CODEC, Audio CODEC and other settings properly. The authoring training portion of the class in Day 2 will teach students how to delivery their videos to iOS devices for On-demand and Live Streaming.

5. Hands-on Compression for Delivery to Android devices

With the popularity of Android devices, it’s essential to know how to prepare streaming content for these devices. Many individuals usually spend hours trying to understand how to get videos to playback on the various devices properly. This training will get you familiar with Android video delivery quickly. You’ll learn how to choose frame sizes, data rates, frame rates, and other compression settings for this type of delivery.

6. Encoding Videos for Downloadable Streaming and File-based Playback

You will encode videos for downloadable streaming in formats such as: QuickTime, H.264, Windows Media, WebM, H.265, and Flash Video. You will use tools such as Sorenson Squeeze to compress videos in class. This class will teach you how to get the quality you desire for your streaming videos by teaching you how to adjust the various compression settings. This portion of the training module will teach you how to take a compression preset and customize it for better quality.

7. Encoding for Real-time Streaming

This part of the class covers encoding real-time streaming files for WebM, Windows Media, H.265, and H.264 files. Get familiar with available options within each codec is this training module. Also, learn how to take a compression preset and customize it for better quality using video encoding best practices.

8. Encoding for Adaptive Streaming

The industry has been revolutionized with the emergance of adaptive streaming. Now instead of users needing to choose at data rate when watching on-line videos, they can be automatically directed to the proper data rate for their bandwidth connection. One of the most important items to allow this experience to work is proper encoding, since you’ll have to encode to several data rates for each video. By taking this class, students will become very comfortable with compression for adaptive delivery.

9. Encoding for Tablets

In this portion of the training class you’ll learn the the process for compressing your videos to tablets such as Samsung, Galaxy, Amazon Kindle Fire and others. You’ll understand data rates, frame sizes and other settings that can be used for video delivery to tablets. Our instructor will give you a better understanding of how to prepare your video content for these types of devices.

Day 2 Overview – Authoring Streaming Video

1. Overview of HTML5 Compatible Web Browsers for Media Delivery

One of the most important items about streaming today is delivering your videos properly for HTML5 compatible browsers. You’ll learn about the codecs supported and how you’ll must encode your videos. You’ll learn what HTML5 formats are supported in the various available browsers.

2. Authoring Real-Time Streaming Videos

Students will compress to H.264 for real-time streaming video delivery using encoding presets. After encoding, students will embed videos in a web page and will author them for a downloadable streaming using the proper formating in the browser. Class participants will be educated on the process for authoring Flash real-time streaming videos for use with a Flash Streaming Server. Learn the proper parameters to input such as: RTMP, Server Name, Application Name, Instance Name and Stream Name.

3. Authoring Adaptive Streaming Videos

Students will compress to H.264, WebM,  and H.265 files. Get familiar with available options within each codec is this training module. Also, lear Video for real-time streaming videos using encoding presets. After encoding, students will embed videos in a web page and will author them for a downloadable streaming using the proper formating in the browser.

4. Streaming Video Playback on iOS Devices

Attendees will learn the streaming server and webpage set-up for delivering video to iOS devices such as iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Your instructor will walk you through the process hands-on and will allow you to ask questions about authoring for iOS devices.

5. Streaming Video Playback on Android Devices

Attendees will learn the streaming server and webpage set-up for delivering video to Android tablets. Your instructor will walk you through the process hands-on and will allow you to ask questions about authoring for Android devices.

6. Live Streaming Overview

This training module walks students through the Live Streaming set-up process and how it works. You’ll learn how the Live Encoder works with the Streaming Server and about software and hardware live encoding tools

Give us a call about signing up to attend one of our Video Streaming and Compression Trainings On-line or On-site. Call Freeman Compression Inc. at 407.797.5466 for more information or e-mail us at info@freemancompression.com. Individuals from any country can attend our On-line training classes.

Enciris Technologies announces Windows Media Video/VC-1 HD video acquisition and compression board

Posted by Derrick on May 16, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Enciris Technologies announces the LT-100, a Windows Media Video/ VC-1 HD video acquisition and compression board. The proliferation of HD video in all market segments has created a significant need for compression technology to reduce the bandwidth and storage requirement. The LT-100 is the solution to this problem.

Enciris Technologies’ LT-100 is a hardware solution that meets the needs of demanding real time true HD acquisition and compression. Specialized, high performance dedicated hardware for real time compression is the only solution due to the massive computational requirements. The low cost of the LT-100 now allows high quality HD compression to be used in product/ projects that previously would have been prohibitive. It is a perfect solution for the demanding needs of medical, surveillance, internet, broadcasting, videoconferencing, and video gaming applications.

The LT-100 can capture video from both analog and digital HD and SD video sources including DVI, RGB, component, S-video and composite. An HD/SD-SDI option is also available. Additionally, the LT-100 can function as a HD compression coprocessor for video supplied by the host via PCI or USB.

The LT-100 will compress HD Windows Media Video (WMV/ VC-1) up to advanced profile level 3 with resolutions from 176×144 to 2048×2048 pixels. The maximum compression frame rate is 240 frames per second at lower resolutions. At 1080p the LT-100 can compress 30 frames per second. All standard HDTV resolution are supported including the acquisition of 1080p60. The LT-100 can simultaneously acquire uncompressed video for preview purposes or occasional snapshots. Designed for low latency applications, the LT-100 outputs compressed video within only a few milliseconds of acquisition.

Drivers for WindowsXP/Vista and Linux are included. Under Windows, DirectShow is fully supported. A cross platform SDK is also available for Windows and Linux application development. Mac OS X support will be available soon.

Available as a combination PCI/USB board, the LT-100-VC1 can be either placed in a PCI slot or be connected via USB 2.0. It is ideally suited for OEMs and system integrators. The LT-100-SDI is an optional HD/SD-SDI daughter card. A USB only module, the LT-100-VC1U, is also available which includes a 140x100x40mm enclosure. The LT-100-VC1US is the USB module with the HD/SD-SDI option.