Video: Per-title Encoding at Scale

MUX is a very pro-active company pushing forward streaming technology. At NAB 2019 they have announced Audience Adaptive Encoding which is offers encodes tailored to both your content but also the typical bitrate of your viewing demographic. Underpinning this technology is machine learning and their Per-title encoding technology which was released last year.

This talk with Nick Chadwick looks at what per-title encoding is, how you can work out which resolutions and bitrates to encode at and how to deliver this as a useful product.

Nick takes some time to explain MUX’s ‘convex hulls’ which give a shape to the content’s performance at different bitrates and helps visualise the optimum encoding parameters the content. Moreover we see that using this technique, we see some surprising circumstances when it makes sense to start at high resolutions, even for low bitrates.

Looking then at how to actually work out on a title-by-title basis, Nick explains the pros and cons of the different approaches going on to explain how MUX used machine learning to generate the model they created to make this work.

Finishing off with an extensive Q&A, this talk is a great overview on how to pick great encoding parameters, manually or otherwise.

Watch now!

Speaker

Nick Chadwick Nick Chadwick
Software Engineer,
Mux Inc.

Video: Running live video with FFmpeg

San Francisco Video Tech welcomes Haluk Ucar talking about live video streaming. How do you encode multiple resolutions/bitrates efficiently on CPUs and maximise the amount of channels? Is there value in managing multiple encodes centrally? How can we manage the balance between CPU use and VQ?

Haluk discusses a toolset for Adaptive Decisions and looks at Adaptive Segment Decisions. Here he discusses the relationship between IDR frames and frequent Scene Changes.

Haluk covers a lot and finishes with a Q&A. So if you have an interest in Live Streaming, then Watch Now!

Speaker

Haluk Ucar Haluk Ucar
Director of Engineering,
IDT

Webinar: Edge Computing and Video Delivery

Date: Thursday 28th March, 2019
Time: 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 17:00 GMT

Whether or not edge computing is the next generation of cloud technology, the edge plays a vital role in the streaming video experience. The closer a video is stored to the requesting user, the faster the delivery and better the experience. But, streaming also provides a lot more opportunity for interactivity, engagement, and data collection than traditional broadcast television. That means as the edge grows in compute capacity and functionality, it could enable new and exciting use cases, such as AI, that could improve the viewer experience. In this webinar, we’ll explore the state of edge computing and how it might be leveraged in streaming video.

Speakers

Jason Thibeault Jason Thibeault
Executive Director,
Streaming Video Alliance

Video: Streaming Tech Sweden 2018 Keynote


To mark International Women’s Day these videos are free to watch, but for 3 days only! Free registration required.

To mark International Women’s Day, Eyevinn Technology have opened their premium archives to allow you to watch two videos for free until 11th March which are normally reserved for patrons of the Streaming Tech Sweden conference – so act quickly to watch Netflix’s Megha Manohara discuss Netflix’s dynamic optimiser framework and how they ensure best quality over a variety of bandwidths.

Megha covers encoding testing, metrics such as VMAF, visualising the results, per-shot encoding and the way they validate with their audience they have done a good job.

Watch Megha’s talk now! You need to register for free and then sign in for this link to work.

Streaming Tech Sweden is an annual conference which prides itself on excellence and independence. Without sponsors, they are free to pick the best and the most relevant speakers working on at the cutting edge of video streaming. The talks from Streaming Tech Sweden 17 are free to watch, but those from 2018 are available for attendees only. Later in 2019, they will become free, but until then, this is a short opportunity to watch these two great talks in order to mark International Women’s Day 2019. Registration with the site is free.

The second talk available from Streaming Tech Sweden 2018 is from Codemill’s Johana Björklund talking about contextual marketing and ad personalisation. Johana explains how the ads work, how GDPR has changed the way personalisation is carried out and how video metadata is used to find pre-roll and post-roll ads.

Watch Johana’s talk now! You need to register for free and then sign in for this link to work.

Speakers

Megha Manohara Megha Manohara
Senior Software Engineer,
Netflix
Johanna Björklund Johanna Björklund
Head of R&D,
Codemill

Video: Using CMAF to Cut Costs, Simplify Workflows & Reduce Latency

There are two ways to stream video online, either pushing from the server to the device like WebRTC, MPEG transport streams and similar technologies, or allowing the receiving device to request chunks of the stream which is how the majority of internet streaming is done – using HLS and similar formats.

Chunk-based streaming is generally seen as more scalable of these two methods but suffers extra latency due to buffering several chunks each of which can represent between 1 and, typically, 10 seconds of video.

CMAF is one technology here to change that by allowing players to buffer less video. How does this achieve this? An, perhaps more important, can it really cut costs? Iraj Sodagar from NexTreams is here to explain how in this talk from Streaming Media West, 2018.

Iraj covers:

  • A brief history of CMAF (Common Media Format)
  • The core technologies (ISO BMFF, Codecs, captions etc.)
  • Media Data Object (Chunks, Fragments, Segments)
  • Different ways of video delivery
  • Switching Sets (for ABR)
  • Content Protection
  • CTA WAVE project
  • Wave content specifications
  • Live Linear Content with Wave & CMAF
  • Low-latency CMAF usage
  • HTTP 1.1 Chunked Transfer Encoding
  • MPEG DASH

Watch now!

Speaker

Iraj Sodagar Iraj Sodagar
Independant Consultant
Multimedia System Architect, NexTreams

Webinar: State of the Broadcast Industry 2019

Ooyala heroically compile a report and webinar discussing the state of the media and broadcast industry each year and Jim O’Neill is here to talk us through it for 2019. The report itself discusses penetration of 4K screens, the demographics of online streaming, 5G, ATSC and much more and this webinar looks at:

  • The surge of major streaming services into the market
  • The multi-billion dollar expansion of original content creation
  • The acceleration of M&E and M&A activity as broadcasters look to build content empires

There’s a lot here so download the report and register for the webinar!

Speakers

Jim O'Neill Jim O’Neill
Principal Analyst
Ooyala

Video: OTT Moves Toward Microservices


 

Using microservices is a way of architecting your software platform to be nimble, simple and is just as applicable to on-premise platforms as cloud. As scaling is important for OTT providers, it’s not surprising that much work is being done in the OTT sector to utilise microservice architectures.

Even companies that are not yet actively operating on a microservices architecture are looking for vendors who at least have a strategy to cater to it for the future. This session will examine the core benefits (including redundancy, dev ops, scalability, and self-healing), the different approaches (including containerisation and orchestration via Docker, Kubernetes, and Mesos, as well as native microservices models like Erlang), and the complexities of migrating a generic architecture to a microservices architecture.

This panel covers:

    • Why is OTT so suited to microservices?
    • How microservices enable companies to be flexible to changing customer demands
    • How microservices reduce complexity
    • Benefits of continuous deployment

plus much more!

Watch now!

Moderator: Dom Robinson, Director and Creative Firestarter – id3as, UK & Contributing Editor, StreamingMedia.com, UK
Stefan Lederer, CEO & Co-Founder – Bitmovin, USA
Steve Miller-Jones, Vice President of Product Strategy – Limelight Networks, UK
Xiaomei Lio, Senior Software Engineer, Netflix
Mark Russell, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer, MediaKind
Olivier Karra, Directory of OTT & IPTV Solutions, Marketing, Harmonic Inc.

Webinar: The Power of Now: Enriching TV with sub-second latency for live streaming


Date: Today, Jan 30th, 2019 15:00 GMT / 10am EST

Limelight, Streaming Video Alliance and Videonet come together to discuss the introduction of WebRTC’s sub-second latency for live streaming which is opening the way for a ‘better-than-broadcast’ experience – enabling new ways to engage viewers and monetise them.

WebRTC provides real-time video delivery and can now be implemented in a CDN environment for large-scale distribution and has extremely low latency.

This webinar covers:

  • Making WebRTC part of your workflow
  • Browser compatibility
  • Compression, DRM & ad insertion
  • Redundancy
  • Innovation opportunities for broadcasters and challenger OTT providers
  • Special focus on increasing viewer engagement
  • creating new revenue streams.
  • New business partnerships
  • Optimisation for multiscreen television & connected TV devices

Register now!

Speakers

Steve Miller Jones Steve Miller Jones
VP Product Strategy
Limelight Networks
Jason Thibeault Jason Thibeault
Executive Director
Streaming Video Alliance
John Moulding John Moulding
Editor-in-Chief
Videonet

Webinar: Low Latency – Fast and Furious with SRT

Date: Thursday, January 17th, 2019                  
Time: 10 AM PST / 18:00 GMT

In the third and final low latency webinar from Wowza, they look at SRT, Secure Reliable Transport, which brings the best-quality live video over even the most unpredictable networks.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Proper application of the SRT protocol
  • General use cases for low latency
  • Changes adopted by the SRT alliance
    and more

Register now!

Speakers

Barry Owen Barry Owen
Vice President of Engineering,
Wowza
Ghislain Collette Ghislain Collette
Vice President, Product Management,
Haivision