Experience the World of Analytics with Sawmill Professional

Posted by Derrick on October 7, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Experience the World of Analytics with Sawmill Professional. If you haven’t had a chance to experience analytics you should really consider using Flowerfire’s Sawmill. Many organizations don’t even consider the option to analyze their Web Server or Streaming Server traffic. Some organizations have millions of web visitors within a 3 month period and can benefit from utilizing analytics with Sawmill. You can use reports generated with Sawmill to recognize successes, errors/problems, and understand your viewers better.  Many organizations in the U.S. that have websites or delivery streaming video content are likely to have many web and streaming viewers abroad but don’t realize it. Creating reports with Sawmill can help you take understand you international viewers better as well as improve your on-line content. What’s great about Sawmill is that it can process 853 log formats.  Attend one of our 1-Day Sawmill Professional Training classes to get a better understanding analytics with Sawmill.  Call Freeman Compression Inc. at 407.477.5837 for more information or E-mail us at info@freemancompression.com.

Yummy FTP Software Provides Scheduled Uploading

Posted by Derrick on September 22, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Yummy FTP software provides scheduled uploading of files to your Web Server or Streaming Server.  Yummy is one of the coolest FTP applications that I’ve seen.  Currently the program is only available for Mac users and there’s a 30 day trial if you want to take the tool for a “test drive”.

The scheduling feature of Yummy is amazing and allows you to designate an FTP folder for automated scheduling.  You can have Yummy check your FTP folder for new files every day, every hour, or every 15 minutes.  Basically you can choose whatever frequency you want for scheduling.  Yummy will be great for those that have a Streaming Video Operation.  You can encode your videos and have them output to your FTP folder.  Then, whenever there are new encoded videos, the files will be delivered to the Web Server or Streaming Server.  If you’re a Mac user make sure you give the Yummy FTP software a try.

Authoring Playlists with the JW Player for H.264 and Flash Downloadable and Real-time Streaming Videos

Posted by Derrick on January 17, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Authoring playlists with the JW Player for H.264 and Flash downloadable and real-time streaming videos is an approach that many should consider.  Creating playlists with the JW Player is tricky but once you’ve creatied your first playlist you can easily deliver H.264 and Flash downloadable streaming videos from your web server or CDN.  You can also deliver real-time streaming videos in the Flash and H.264 flavors from a Flash Streaming Server such as the Wowza Media Server Pro.

What’s nice about the delivery of your videos is viewers will not know if your videos are downloadable or real-time streaming.  The delivery works for both PC and Mac platforms. Viewers also can’t tell if content is in the H.264 or Flash format.  Another great feature about playlists is you can set-up them up and then have them updated by novices not as well versed in authoring streaming video content.  With the xspf playlists, for example, you can stack your videos to play and then whenever you have new video content you can just add a new reference and upload the new .XML file to the web server.

To learn more about authoring Playlists with the JW Player attend one of the 2-Day Video Streaming and Compression Training classes.  You can take the class on-line, on-site or in Orlando, Florida.

Downloadable Streaming Basics

Posted by Derrick on September 29, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Another form of streaming is called downloadable streaming which is different than that of real-time streaming because the video files are placed on a regular web server.  With downloadable streaming you can deliver the highest quality file because you can use encoding methods such as 2-pass VBR to vary the bit rate so that higher quality can be achieved over parts of the video that need it more.  Since downloadable streaming videos are a file-based download where they don’t have to go through the user’s bandwidth pipe, the bit rate at various parts of the video can peak high. This is different than that of a CBR or a Constant Bit Rate encode.  Downloadable streaming videos are great for short form content. With this type of streaming there is also an option to do a quality based encode where the compressionist can determine the quality that they want to achieve on a video file.  It’s important to note that when viewing a downloadable  streaming video a copy does get placed on the viewer’s computer but is one of the easiest ways to deliver streaming videos on the internet.

Encoding for a Video Podcast

Posted by Derrick on September 8, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

When encoding for a Video Podcast keep in mind you’re encoding for a Web Server.  Why?  Video Podcast videos and audio files are technical downloadable streaming files.  The downloading process mostly happens behind the scenes while you’re performing other tasks.  Video Podcast files are great in that you can provide them at very high quality since you’re targeting iTunes, Video iPods and iPhones.

Now, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be using 2-Pass VBR or Multi-pass encoding when compressing your Video Podcast files.  Many times because of time you can opt for 2-Pass VBR encoding since Multi-pass generally uses about 5-6 passes.