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Cloud-Based Validation of High-Value Assets with Encoding.com

Cloud-Based Validation of High-Value Assets with Encoding.com

Jeff MalkinDecember 8, 20206 min read

This edition of Industry Spotlight focuses on Encoding.com’s Automated QC service for validating premium VOD assets in the cloud. The Challenge of Quality Control Guest Author, Jeff Malkin, President of…

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CDN Request Collapsing and the Thundering Herds Problem Simplified

CDN Request Collapsing and the Thundering Herds Problem Simplified

January 22, 20218 min read

Request Collapsing or Collapse Forwarding is a very important feature in CDNs that protect CDNs and Origin Servers from being overwhelmed by a large number of redundant requests. In this…

Free MPEG-DASH MPD (manifest) Examples for Testing

Free MPEG-DASH MPD (manifest) Examples for Testing

January 21, 20214 min read

Here is a list of free MPEG-DASH mpd (Manifest) test URLs for testing OTT DASH Video Players (including Big Buck Bunny, Tears of Steel, and mpd URLs from BBC, Dolby,…

FFmpeg – Convert to Apple ProRes 422 / 4444 Simplified

FFmpeg – Convert to Apple ProRes 422 / 4444 Simplified

January 20, 20216 min read

In this article, we will learn how to use FFmpeg to convert videos to Apple ProRes 422 and 444 formats. To try this tutorial on a Windows machine, you can…

Fundamentals of Digital Audio – Simplified

Fundamentals of Digital Audio – Simplified

January 18, 20218 min read

Introduction In this article, I will introduce you to the basic concepts and commonly used terms related to digital audio.  Are you are curious about  How are sounds stored and…

Using the Media Panel in Google Chrome to Debug Media Players

Using the Media Panel in Google Chrome to Debug Media Players

January 10, 202111 min read

It is critical to have the right tools to build and debug media players, and today, we shall talk about the Media Panel in Google Chrome’s Developer Tools. There is…

Create Video from Images using FFmpeg

Create Video from Images using FFmpeg

January 4, 20214 min read

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a video from images using FFmpeg. FFmpeg can do this easily if the input is fed as a sequence of images…

Remove Last 10 Seconds of a Video using FFmpeg

Remove Last 10 Seconds of a Video using FFmpeg

January 4, 20212 min read

This short tutorial will demonstrate how to extract the last N seconds from a video (like removing the last 10 seconds of a video using FFmpeg). To do this we…

HLS Packaging using FFmpeg – Easy Step-by-Step Tutorial

HLS Packaging using FFmpeg – Easy Step-by-Step Tutorial

December 21, 202011 min read

In this tutorial, we shall learn about HLS packaging using FFmeg. The great part about using FFmpeg is that you can ingest a video, resize it, transcode, package, and stream…

OBS Studio vs. Streamlabs OBS

OBS Studio vs. Streamlabs OBS

December 18, 20205 min read

OBS Studio vs. Streamlabs OBS – why do I even care? Well, before you start streaming and recording your videos, it’s important to choose the right software. Today, we are…

Blur a Video using FFmpeg’s BoxBlur Filter

Blur a Video using FFmpeg’s BoxBlur Filter

December 17, 20203 min read

Blurring is an important operation in video post-production. Instead of using costly software, you can use FFmpeg’s boxblur to blur your videos and even choose which area of the frames…

Closed GOP and Open GOP – Simplified Explanation

Closed GOP and Open GOP – Simplified Explanation

December 17, 20205 min read

In this article (part of our video compression series), we take a look at the concepts of Closed GOPs and Open GOPs. Both of these GOP types are very common…

Live Streaming and Recording Zoom With OBS Studio Simplified

Live Streaming and Recording Zoom With OBS Studio Simplified

December 14, 20204 min read

Zoom is one of the most popular video conferencing apps. The best part is that you can live stream on Zoom using OBS Studio and even record your Zoom meetings…

I, P, and B-frames – Differences and Use Cases Made Easy

I, P, and B-frames – Differences and Use Cases Made Easy

December 14, 202012 min read

The concept of I-frames, P-frames, and B-frames is fundamental to the field of video compression. These three frame types are used in specific situations to improve the stream’s compression efficiency,…

CrossFade, Dissolve, and other Effects using FFmpeg’s xfade Filter

CrossFade, Dissolve, and other Effects using FFmpeg’s xfade Filter

December 13, 20206 min read

When you join two videos or images, it is pleasing to the eye to use a crossfade, or dissolve, or a wipe-effect at the point of transition. You don’t need…

How to Install OBS Studio on Windows, macOS, and Ubuntu – Comprehensive Guide

How to Install OBS Studio on Windows, macOS, and Ubuntu – Comprehensive Guide

December 11, 20204 min read

In this step-by-step tutorial, let’s look at how to install OBS Studio on Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu. If you have ever felt the need for a Screen Recording or Live…

OBS Studio for Screen Recording – Super Easy Procedure with Screenshots

OBS Studio for Screen Recording – Super Easy Procedure with Screenshots

December 10, 20205 min read

So, you’ve downloaded and installed OBS Studio on your computer and you want to start recording your screen, but you’re lost? Well, simply follow this step-by-step tutorial and you will…

Video Compression using Handbrake: Installation and Usage Guide

Video Compression using Handbrake: Installation and Usage Guide

December 9, 20204 min read

Handbrake is an open-source video transcoder that’s widely regarded as the best tool for video conversion. It’s effortless to use, multi-platform, and it covers a vast range of presets and…

Cloud-Based Validation of High-Value Assets with Encoding.com

Cloud-Based Validation of High-Value Assets with Encoding.com

December 8, 20206 min read

This edition of Industry Spotlight focuses on Encoding.com’s Automated QC service for validating premium VOD assets in the cloud. The Challenge of Quality Control Guest Author, Jeff Malkin, President of…

CSAI vs SSAI: Client-Side vs. Server-Side Ad Insertion

CSAI vs SSAI: Client-Side vs. Server-Side Ad Insertion

December 7, 202013 min read

Advertising-based monetization is a popular way for content providers to monetize their content and drive their online video revenues. Technically, there are two important ways of inserting ads into videos…

How to Crop a Video with FFmpeg’s crop filter

How to Crop a Video with FFmpeg’s crop filter

December 4, 20203 min read

In this tutorial, we learn how to crop a video using FFmpeg’s crop filter. We will also learn how to use variables for cropping the video.   How to Crop…

Resize/Scale/Change Resolution of a Video using FFmpeg Easily

Resize/Scale/Change Resolution of a Video using FFmpeg Easily

December 2, 20205 min read

In this FFmpeg tutorial, we learn to change the resolution of a video (or resize/scale a video) using FFmpeg’s commandline tool. Changing a video’s resolution (also known as resizing or…

Sustainable Subscriptions – Revenue Success and Churn Prevention in a Pandemic

Sustainable Subscriptions – Revenue Success and Churn Prevention in a Pandemic

December 2, 202011 min read

Introductory note from Ben Morrell, Contributing Author, OTTVerse.com In this open-ended series, I will speak to key industry players, customers, and experts who have an influence on the outstandingly diverse…

What is VPAID (Video Player-Ad Interface Definition)

What is VPAID (Video Player-Ad Interface Definition)

November 30, 20206 min read

VPAID (Video Player-Ad Interface Definition) provides the tools to advertisers to serve rich media and interactive ads to users. It differs from VAST (Video Ad Serving Template) in being able to…

VAST Tags – Deep Dive with Examples

VAST Tags – Deep Dive with Examples

November 27, 202017 min read

Advertising-based monetization (AVOD – Advertising-Based Video On Demand or Ad Insertion in linear/live TV) is a critical revenue generator for hundreds of publishers and content providers in the world. By…

HDCP (High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) – Everything You Need to Know

HDCP (High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) – Everything You Need to Know

November 25, 20207 min read

HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection created to protect digitally copyrighted content in its journey via a cable (HDMI, DVI) from a device like the DVD Player to your…

Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) – How Does it Work?

Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) – How Does it Work?

November 24, 202010 min read

Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) refers to technology embedded into OTT applications or SmartTVs that recognizes the content that you are watching by sampling small portions of the video/audio and comparing…

CuriosityStream and Tata Sky Tie Up

CuriosityStream and Tata Sky Tie Up

November 19, 20202 min read

In a recent press release, CuriosityStream announced that they are tieing up with Tata Sky to bring CuriosityStream’s award-winning, factual content to Indian customers via Tata Sky’s popular streaming service.…

EasyVMAF: Running VMAF In The Wild

EasyVMAF: Running VMAF In The Wild

November 19, 202015 min read

VMAF is one of the most popular tools for video quality assessment, and it is well on its way to becoming a standard reference metric for the video industry. However,…

Encoding.com With Beamr’s CABR for Up to 50% Bitrate Reduction

Encoding.com With Beamr’s CABR for Up to 50% Bitrate Reduction

November 18, 20207 min read

In this edition of Industry Spotlight, we take a look at two innovative companies – Encoding.com and Beamr – that have joined forces to improve cloud-based video compression and delivery.…

Create Vintage Videos Using FFmpeg in 4 Simple  Steps

Create Vintage Videos Using FFmpeg in 4 Simple Steps

November 15, 20204 min read

It’s time for the holidays and what better way to share love and memories with your family than to create an old-school, vintage movie? You don’t need a time-machine to…

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