Amazon S3 and CloudFront Great Way to Implement Flash Streaming

Posted by Derrick on June 30, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Using Amazon S3 and CloudFront is great way to implement Flash Streaming.  The set-up is straightforward and uses Adobe’s Flash Media Servers.  For those companies, individuals, and organizations looking to get up to speed with streaming quickly this is another good option.  You get access to the Adobe Flash Media Server for a much lower price at start-up.  The fact that Dynamic Streaming is supported with the Flash Media Server is another reason why many will plan to implement Flash Streaming using Amazon S3 and Cloudfront.

Encoding to Windows Media Standard in Squeeze 6 for Mac

Posted by Derrick on June 27, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Encoding to Windows Media Standard in Squeeze 6 for Mac is different than in the past with using Squeeze 4 and 5. Most likely you’ll think that it’s not possible in Squeeze 6 if you look under the Windows Media Presets. However, it is possible just a little hidden in this latest version.

The benefit of using Windows Media Standard is you can encode videos using 2-pass CBR and get other features for encoding Windows Media video files.   First, you must have a license of  Telestream’s Flip4Mac WMV. OK, so let’s show you where to look to encode to Windows Media Standard in Squeeze 6.

Navigate to the presets in Squeeze 6 and choose the Formats view.  Click on the + button similar to above and choose the creation of a QuickTime Export preset.

When the next dialog opens choose Windows Media from the Pop-up Menu.

Now on the right of the Custom preset dialog you’ll see an Option button on the right towards the top.  Click the Option button.

Now you can see all the options available for encoding to Windows Media. Bascially these are the Flip4Mac options.  Within Flip4Mac you can choose your desired output settings as well as 2-pass CBR or other compression methods. You can also select the Windows Media Standard option.  Once you make your adjustments click the OK button.

Now you should see your compression preset for output to Windows Media Standard listed under the Windows Media presets with the QuickTime Export options.

Telestream Episode Transcodes FIFA World Cup Video for Global Media

Posted by Derrick on June 26, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Telestream, a leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, announced that its Episode video encoding software was selected by Banis Software Development, Inc. to provide video and audio transcoding for V&A Waterfront World Media & Legacy Centre which was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa. Banis selected Episode for integration with its Server DAM digital asset management and distribution system. Initially developed for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, Server DAM is the first system of its kind to offer an uncompressed cloud storage and distribution portal with secure web access to video footage for accredited press. Thousands of registered media from around the world gained access this week to the online video portal which allows them to build pre-game video packages in a variety of formats for the 2010 FIFA World Cup which opens in Cape Town on June 10.

“We selected Episode encoder because of the simplicity of fully integrating it with Server DAM and because of the breadth of formats it provides,” said Ford Sinclair, President at Banis Software Development, creators of the video portal. “Telestream’s Episode was a natural fit for our business needs. The strength of our products is that they function as one system, providing on-demand access 24 hours a day to video footage in any format for any number of users.”

Banis integrated Episode server-based software with Server DAM to enable fully automated, on-demand video transcoding. Initial loading of the clips into the video portal included hours of HD video which needed to be encoded into 5 to 60-second clips. According to Sinclair, Episode was the only system that met all the demands required by his client, including input support for RED camera format. Sinclair adds, “Telestream’s technical support has been amazing.”

The Cape Town media center for the 2010 FIFA World Cup at www.waterfrontmediacentre.co.za provides global access to the video portal which offers local footage, location shots, B-roll, HD highlights and photography. Registered media are given secure access to the portal where they can create a custom menu and specify selection criteria. Video/audio format choices include ProRes 4:2:2 HD, NTSC-SD, PAL-SD, uncompressed video, plus QuickTime .mov and .flv for the web. Additional choices include style shots, locations, venues and keyword searches.

Banis developed Server DAM as a robust video portal with a huge data center backend to support large-scale video needs. A single video clip can simultaneously be accessed by 10,000 users without interruption or loss of speed. According to Sinclair, the system proved itself at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games where less than 5 percent of total resources were used at any given time.

Convert .ASF videos to VC-1 with Squeeze

Posted by Derrick217 on June 24, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Convert .ASF videos to VC-1 with Squeeze. The benefit of using Squeeze for this purpose is the fact that you can process a batch of videos if you desire. You could process the videos by importing the videos directly or by using watch folders. With Squeeze you can also leverage automatic FTP to your output location. Outside of converting .ASF videos to VC-1 there are many other benefits of using Squeeze.