Streaming Media East

For once you’ll be getting some updates more regular to the blog here on Geekteq the coming week. This is mainly due to the fact that I’m heading to New York City next week to visit Streaming Media East. I’ll be posting, hopefully, on a daily basis with some news and reviews on what I’ve heard during the day.

My plan right now is to join these two pre-conference sessions – which I find most interesting of the four I can choose from:

Encoding for Multiscreen Delivery

Learn how to create a set of video files that will play on all devices, from smartphones to computers and OTT devices. The class starts by exploring key concepts like protocol and container format and technologies like HTTP Live Streaming, DASH, and Dynamic Streaming. Then it moves to a technical overview of the H.264 specification to identify those configuration parameters that impact quality and those that don’t, and how they affect playback compatibility. Then we’ll review the technical requirements for single and multiple file delivery to Flash, HTML5, iOS, Android, Windows Phones, Windows 8, and the Apple TV, Boxee, Roku, and other OTT devices. Along the way, you’ll learn the current encoding and delivery practices used by high-profile broadcast and corporate sites to help refine your technology decisions. You’ll walk way knowing the technical requirements for delivering to all key platforms and an understanding how to do so.

and then in the afternoon it’s time for (I’m using Wowza intensively in my projects so it fits rather good wouldn’t you say?)

Wowza Media Server and End-to-End Workflows

There is a confusing array of products and solutions for streaming video to end users, but few that simply deliver your content to any device. If you’re serious about video, you’ve been seeing and hearing more references to Wowza Media Server. In this session, you will learn about the end-to-end deployment workflows that you can build using this unified streaming media server software. You’ll see live demos and find out about the newest Wowza functionality. Discover how Wowza works with cloud delivery and stacks up against other media delivery options. Finally, gain insights about emerging technologies (such as MPEG-DASH, H.265, and HTML5) and how to future-proof your streaming media deployment.

For the actual conference sessions during tuesday and wednesday I haven’t set anything in stone – there are some of them that sort of clashes – I’d like to see both but can only choose one… *bummer*

But.. in short – I think it will be these:

Tuesday

Encoding Video for iDevices

This session starts by detailing the playback specs for all iDevices, old and new. Then you’ll learn the strategies used by prominent iTunes publishers to serve the complete range of installed iDevices. Next, the seminar switches to cellular wireless delivery, with a technical description of Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), including recommendations for the number of streams and Apple’s encoding parameters. You’ll walk away knowing how to encode for both iTunes and mobile delivery to iOS and compatible devices.

It’s not as if I don’t already know about how do to do this, but I might have missed something. This is one of the sessions I might change because it clashes with another one 🙂 The three sessions below is a must for me..

Content Preparation And Transcoding For Multiscreen Delivery

With the introduction of adaptive streaming formats, a growing number of IP-enabled streaming boxes, and the proliferation of handheld devices, content owners face increasing challenges for multi-screen content preparation. A key part of that content preparation is the encoding of content for each device, the algorithm choices/trade-offs, codec settings, and the particular requirements of various distribution platforms. This session will analyze the key components of file-based transcoding and will talk practically about converting content for multi-screen delivery.

Understanding the Significance of HEVC/H.265

The most recent video compression standard, HEVC / H.265, was placed into final draft for ratification earlier this year and is expected to become the video standard of choice over the next decade. As with each generation of video compression technology before it, H.265 promises to reduce the overall cost of delivering and storing video assets while maintaining or increasing the quality of experience delivered to the viewer. This session will address what H.265 is, how it differs from previous generations of compression technology including H.264, key barriers to widespread adoption, and thoughts on when H.265 is likely to be implemented.

MPEG-DASH: The Next Steps Towards Broad Adoption

Members of the DASH Industry Forum will discuss what concrete steps have been taken in order to foster fast adoption of the new industry standard for adaptive streaming over HTTP. The session will discuss the recently published DASH264 Implementation Guidelines that cover both live and on-demand services, MPEG-DASH profiles, audio and video codecs, closed-caption formatting and common encryption constants. The panel will consist of representatives from all relevant parts of the ecosystem and will address the practical matters and relevance of MPEG-DASH based service roll-outs for streaming and hybrid broadcast applications.

Then we end the day with a battle again. It would either be…

Evaluating the Effectiveness Of Your H.264 Encoder

Not all video encoders are created equal. In this session, the real-world video outputs of top commercial H.264 encoders are compared, including those from Telestream, Harmonic, Sorenson, and Adobe, as well as open-source options such as FFmpeg and x264. Learn what features you should have available in an encoding tool before you invest your organization’s budget in a solution.

or…

Battle Of The $99 Streaming Boxes

With so many streaming devices in the market, trying to determine what each one offers in the way of streaming quality and content inventory can be quite confusing. In this special session, Dan Rayburn will present hands-on demos showcasing the leading streaming devices, including those from Apple, Roku, Boxee, Western Digital, Sony, Vizio and Netgear. Attendees will see these devices in action, learn which content platforms they run, and have a chance to ask questions.

I’m sort off leaning towards the latter since I can, mostly, decide which H.264 encoders that works better or worse already – but I might learn something new. When it comes to streaming boxes I’m a bit blind (there are too many) and it could be good to see some of them.

Wednesday

The first session is a no-brainer for me…

Building a DASH264 Client

With all the device fragmentation in the market, it is getting increasingly difficult to provide content to all of them equally. The MPEG-DASH specification promises to unify the field and provide a ubiquitous format that can be used by most devices. This technical session explores how to build a DASH264 player. We will explore a few different players, including one built-in JavaScript using the MediaSource APIs to run natively in some browsers, and another using OSMF and ActionScript that can run in any browser with a Flash player.

This one is sort off a best of the worst at the time – I’ve done so many livestreaming cases that I could probably host it myself (kidding) but it’s always good to get new input from others as well.

Best Practices For Live Streaming Delivery

This session provides best practices, lessons learned, and a general overview of the technical set-up for a professional live streaming production. Learn about transmission methods (IP, cellular, fiber, satellite), encoding on site or off, picking the proper encoder for the job (software vs. hardware), maximizing encoder & CDN efficiency, and delivering adaptive HD streaming to the desktop, mobile, and OTT boxes. Come learn how to improve your next live event.

Following that I’m thinking this could be interesting to hear, since I’ve got partners who was involved in that particular case..

How The BBC Ensured Live Streaming Resilience For The Olympics

Live video streams were key to the ambitious online user proposition for the London 2012 Olympics, and that coverage had to mirror the very high traditional broadcast standards of resilience and quality. Hear the challenges the BBC faced when designing a resilient HTTP streaming infrastructure that was designed to cope with huge volumes. Learn about the solution the BBC used during the games and hear what changes to their methodology was required to build resilience into a cloud-based infrastructure.

The last part of the conference seems to be winding down sessions and I can’t for the life of me select which of them to go at this moment. None of them interest me more than the other. We’ll see where I end up.

Stay tuned – more to come as the conference progresses.

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