Wowza Media Server Provides Multi-bitrate Video On Demand Streaming for iPhone

Posted by Derrick on July 28, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Wowza Media Server 2 Provides Multi-bitrate Video On Demand Streaming for iPhone.  This is just another item that can be added to this streaming server’s repertoire.  Whether iPhone users are using Edge or 3G the appropriate datarate streaming video can be delivered to the end users.  In addition, the switch between various datarates, if needed, happens very smoothly.  Today, many content providers are really pushing for some type of dynamic streaming or multi-bitrate option, which is a great thing.  There’s also an increased desire to delivery video to the iPhone. With the Apple iPhone being the ‘Killer App’, providing better experiences to this device will benefit many media outlets and content providers targeting streaming video for mobile devices

$100 Off Sorenson Squeeze Trainings for August

Posted by Derrick on July 3, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Take $100 off Sorenson Squeeze Trainings for August 2010. If you’re interested in taking one of the 1-Day On-line Sorenson Squeeze Trainings for August you can get a $100 discount. Just call Freeman Compression Inc. at 407.477.5837 or contact us by E-mail at info@freemancompression.com and mention this blog post. The discount is only for the On-line trainings.

If you need to compress videos for Download Streaming, Real-time Streaming or Dynamic Streaming then Sorenson Squeeze can help you by providing a superior workflow. View the Overview for the Sorenson Squeeze 6 Training.

Students will learn the following:

* Encoding for QuickTime, Real Media, Flash, Windows Media and H.264
* How to encode Real-time, Downloadable, & Dynamic streaming videos
* The process for encoding numerous videos using Watch Folders
* How to FTP output files to a Streaming Server or a Web Server
* How to upload encoded videos to a Sorenson 360 account
* The process for capturing video within Sorenson Squeeze 6
* How to set-up filters for SD and HD encoding projects
* How to encode Flash linked .FLV and .SWF files and much much more

Working with Encoding.com, Amazon S3 and Cloudfront

Posted by Derrick on July 2, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Working with Encoding.com, Amazon S3 and Cloudfront is what I had a chance to do recently. It was nice to work with the Encoding.com encoding service again. This service can make things extremely easy for novices especially if you have someone to set up encoding presets and other items for you. It terms of compression, I generally like to be up close and personal on the desktop with my compression tools but there are some things that I like about the Encoding.com service.

Project Goal: To provide a great viewing experience for 80 minute video lessons with Real-Time Streaming. The videos needed to play without interruption. Also we needed to provide 1-2 minute videos for Progressive Download.

Here are the tools used for the project:

Amazon S3
Amazon Cloudfront
Rackspace Cloud
Encoding.com
JW Player

Because of the project we decided to go with delivering Real-time Streaming of the 80 minute lessons with Amazon Cloudfront and Amazon S3. We also used the Cloudfront and S3 for the Progessive Downloads. What nice is the Amazon Cloudfront uses Adobe Flash Media Servers for Real Time Streaming. For delivery we implemented On-demand Dynamic Streaming for Real-time Streaming and went with a single datarate video for Progressive Download. We used 5 different dates for different types of viewers and the video dynamically switches based on users bandwidth. Rackspace was used for the source file location and JW Player was used for both Real-time and Progressive Download playback of the Flash video content.

Here’s what I liked about Encoding.com:

  • Watch Folder Encoding
  • FTP or Amazon S3 locations can be specified for Watch Folders
  • Videos can be sent to FTP or Amazon S3 locations after encoding
  • The ability to view encoding jobs in the Encoding Queue
  • Watch Encoding Log

Here’s what I’d like to see improved with Encoding.com:

  • The ability to specify naming conventions for Watch Folders
  • The ability to apply multiple presets to Watch Folders
  • More compression filters available

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.

Limelight Networks Announces HTTP Dynamic Streaming Support for the Adobe Flash Platform

Posted by Derrick on June 9, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Limelight Networks, Inc. extended its longstanding strategic relationship with Adobe by announcing support for HTTP Dynamic Streaming for the Adobe(R) Flash(R) Platform. Through this relationship, Limelight Networks will be first content delivery service in production with the solution. The announcement was made at the Streaming Media East trade show (May 11-13, 2010 in New York, NY), where Limelight Networks and Adobe were demonstrating.

Content publishers can begin working with Limelight Networks today to prepare their infrastructure and design their content distribution strategies for HTTP Dynamic Streaming. They can use the beta of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 to experience the high-quality streaming that this innovative platform provides for their online audiences, and then be ready for immediate service deployment when the final version of Flash Player 10.1 is released which is expected in the first half of 2010.

“Limelight Networks and Adobe engineering resources have collaborated over the past few months to integrate the innovations of HTTP Dynamic Streaming and Adobe Flash Media Server with our global delivery platform. Together, we have developed a finely-tuned delivery service that supports standards-based HTTP streaming,” said Peter Coppola, vice president, Limelight Networks, Inc. “We are pleased that through our collaboration with Adobe on this project, we have first-mover advantage in helping our customers create brilliant HTTP Dynamic Streaming experiences on a global basis.”

“Our close collaboration with Limelight during the pre-release of HTTP Dynamic Streaming has well positioned us to meet early demand by proving and demonstrating the technology to customers like DirecTV. With the upcoming release of Flash Player 10.1, customers will be able to enjoy all the benefits of the Adobe Flash Platform while also taking advantage of the proven, global HTTP infrastructure and software innovations of the Limelight Networks content delivery service,” said Doug Mack, vice president and general manager, Digital Imaging and Rich Media Solutions at Adobe. “The Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) in Adobe Flash Media Server remains the leading protocol of choice delivering video on the Web. However, HTTP Dynamic Streaming complements RTMP and provides additional streaming functionality such as adaptive bit rate technology and intelligent content caching.”

Limelight DELIVER support for HTTP Dynamic Streaming is expected during Q2 2010.