Learn About Video Codecs and Formats

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

Learn about video codecs and formats in our 2-Day Video Streaming and Compression Training.  This class allows students to learn hands-on video compression and teaches about various compression methods such as 2-pass VBR, 2-pass CBR, 1-pass VBR, 1-pass CBR and multi-pass.  This class provides a great understanding of streaming formats such as Flash, QuickTime, Windows Media, Real Media, and MPEG-4.  Attendees will also learn about keyframes, frames per second, profiles, and other compression adjustments. If you’d like to get into hands-on encoding this class is an excellent choice. Our instructor can effectively teach beginners and advanced users.  Check out the Video Streaming and Compression Training Schedule for upcoming classes.

Give us a call about signing up to attend one of our Video Streaming and Compression Trainings in Orlando or On-line.  Call Freeman Compression Inc. at 407.477.5837 for more information or E-mail us at info@freemancompression.com.  Individuals from any country can attend our On-line training classes.

ViewCast’s New Niagara 4100 Streaming Media Appliance Delivers Rugged Portability

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

ViewCast Corporation, a developer of industry-leading solutions for the transformation, management and delivery of digital media over enterprise, broadband, and mobile networks, today unveiled the Niagara 4100, the next evolution in ViewCast’s portfolio of portable, high-performance streaming media appliances. Ruggedized and compact for on-the-go mobility and featuring ViewCast’s easy-to-use system controls, the Niagara 4100 enables the ingest and transformation of high-definition (HD) video for delivery to the web, from virtually any location.

“Once the exclusive domain of professional studios and broadcasters, high-definition programming is now within reach for any organization with the desire to capture and stream live action wherever it happens,” said ViewCast President and CEO Dave Stoner. “With the Niagara 4100, we’ve synthesized our best-in-class streaming capabilities and rich system design expertise to elevate the state-of-the-art for on-location streaming. Portable, pro-caliber streaming has never been more accessible, more cost-effective, or more intuitive.”

The Niagara 4100 is ideally suited for live sports, news and event coverage, webcasting, or any other streaming application that requires ultra-reliable mobile flexibility. Organizations spanning broadcasting, athletics, corporate enterprise, government, higher education, and worship can quickly and easily equip for on-location streaming in even the most demanding environments, yielding new opportunities to expand viewership and associated marketing and sponsorship revenue.

With the ability to simultaneously stream in multiple resolutions at multiple data rates in multiple streaming formats – including MPEG-4, Adobe Flash H.264, Windows Media (Silverlight compatible) and Apple HTTP Live (iPhone) – Niagara 4100 users are afforded the broadest possible range of streaming options to reach the broadest possible audience. The Niagara 4100 can ingest standard-definition (SD) or HD video sources through its SDI input, and can accommodate a variety of audio input formats, including embedded SDI, AES/EBU, and balanced or unbalanced stereo.

With a portable, streamlined chassis, an easy-to-use web interface, and intuitive front panel controls, setup and operation is quick and easy. The Niagara 4100 comes standard with front panel A, B, C buttons that can be pre-configured independently to activate different streaming profiles to meet the needs of any streaming application. Users can control all key functions from the front-panel controls, or the unit can be accessed remotely anywhere on the network through its built-in web interface.

The Niagara 4100 is compact and self-contained in an impact-resistant shell, precluding the need for a keyboard, monitor or mouse. All rear-panel connections are recessed for maximum protection, and the built-in handle ensures on-the-go portability.

Time-saving pre-processing features provided standard with the Niagara 4100 include scaling, cropping, de-interlacing, inverse telecine and closed-caption extraction and rendering capabilities. Users can also customize streams with bitmap overlays that accommodate logos and/or graphics to ensure prominent, consistent branding.

Mirror Image Internet and Wowza Media Systems Support High Capacity CDN Streaming to iPad, iPhone, Wii, PS3 and Other Entertainment Platforms

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

Mirror Image Internet, a leading provider of content delivery solutions, announced expanded streaming capabilities with partner, Wowza Media Systems, boosting per-server performance to 10 Gbps for high capacity video streaming. Since the companies began working together in 2009, the partnership has enabled organizations to take advantage of video streaming to the latest and most popular devices and platforms including Apple iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, with hundreds of customers streaming content on Mirror Image’s network through Wowza servers.

Video streaming, on the Web and to mobile devices, has quickly become one of the leading content strategies, with growth only expected to continue. According to results of Cisco’s annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast, global Internet video traffic will surge past P2P traffic by the end of this year, emerging as the Internet’s largest growth driver. By 2014 Cisco anticipates the Internet video traffic will equate to two years of video every second. Given these numbers, content providers and organizations need more delivery support than ever, at minimal infrastructure cost. Mirror Image and Wowza offer a compelling range of high-capacity services to its customers, including streaming video, without requiring them to encode content in multiple formats for each destination client.

“Building on our core content delivery capabilities — streaming and media management — working with Wowza over the last year has further set us apart from our competition in so many ways,” said James G. Hart, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Mirror Image Internet. “Whether our customers are streaming to mobile devices, incorporating new platforms and media formats into their content delivery strategy, or they are on a tight budget, Wowza has allowed us to deliver a unique streaming service to our customers each and every time.”

Over the last year, Mirror Image has continued to expand its client base by offering CDN services that meet the increasingly bandwidth-heavy requirements of organizations today. This includes focusing on mobile video streaming and expanding the capabilities of its Media Management Platform (MMP).

Mirror Image and the Wowza Media Server 2 software provide high-performance content delivery to a growing roster of customers including Streamquik, WBRC-TV, Vingo.tv, Internet Video Archive among many others. Additionally, the Wowza Media Server 2’s unified capability that enables streaming to Adobe Flash, iPhone/iPad, Microsoft Silverlight and other clients from a single encode continues to distinguish Mirror Image from other CDN providers.

“Mirror Image’s ability to stay nimble and respond to customer needs quickly, including providing scalable CDN services for a growing number of devices and platforms has made the company a natural fit for our server software,” said David Stubenvoll, CEO and Co-founder, Wowza Media Systems. “Wowza is committed to providing customers with options and partnering with Mirror Image has allowed us to extend those options to a new crop of customers.”

The Mirror Image global network provides a wide range of platforms including Wowza Media, Adobe Flash, Microsoft Windows Media/Silverlight, Apple QuickTime, RealNetworks RealVideo and others to meet the growing demands of the company’s client base.

2 Day Training covers H.264 vs MPEG-4

Posted by Derrick on July 10, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Our 2 Day Training covers H.264 vs MPEG-4.  This is one of the benefits of our 2-Day Video Streaming and Compression Training.   Besides learning how to encode to Windows Media, Real Media, QuickTime, H.264 and Flash students learn about MPEG-4’s and H.264’s role in the MPEG-4 standard.  Our 2-Day Video Streaming and Compression class also provides students with fully functional web authoring templates for streaming video. Check our Video Streaming Training Schedule to participate in the next 2-Day Video Streaming and Compression Training. You can also call us at 407.477.5837 or E-mail us at info@freemancompression.com to get more details.

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.