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Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and Html5 [Paperback]

Jan L. Ozer
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2 May 2011
Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5 is a professional reference for producers seeking to distribute video over the Internet and to mobile devices—particularly Apple iDevices. In this book, you will learn: * The fundamentals of video streaming and compression, including adaptive streaming * H.264 encoding parameters for a range of streaming encoders, including Apple Compressor, Adobe Media Encoder, Sorenson Squeeze, Telestream Episode Pro and Rhozet Carbon Coder * The resolutions and data rates used by prominent US and European media, B2B and B2C sites, so you can configure your streaming video accordingly * How to encode for iTunes distribution to iDevices from iPods to the iPad 2 * How to encode for Android, webOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 devices * The critical differences between the key adaptive streaming technologies—including HTTP Live Streaming, Dynamic Streaming and Smooth Streaming;and how to encode for distribution via these techniques * How to choose a UGC site for distributing your video, and how to upload and embed video into your website * The key alternatives for producing live streaming video, and the various options for webcasting hardware and software and third-party live streaming service providers * How to accelerate video encoding on multiple-core workstations and LAN clusters * Which streaming file analysis tools provide the most important feedback. About the Author: Jan Ozer has produced and encoded video since the CD-ROM days (1992) and has taught courses in video and streaming production since 1994—most recently at StreamingMedia Seminars in New York, San Jose, Los Angeles and London, and for private organizations like Cisco, Lockheed and Johns Hopkins University. Jan was named a StreamingMedia All Star in 2010. Jan is a contributing editor of StreamingMedia Magazine and EventDV and blogs for AV Technology Magazine. He has has written or co-authored 14 books on digital video related topics. Jan shoots, edits and produces DVDs, live webcasts and streaming media for concerts, ballets and other events. He also produces training videos for local artisans, as well as screencam presentations for multiple organizations, including Roxio, StreamingMedia Magazine, OnlineVideo.net and EventDV. He blogs at streaminglearningcenter.com.

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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Doceo Publishing (2 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976259508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976259503
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,012,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A super book for encoding geeks 29 Aug 2011
By Drumhum
You'll know if the subject of this book appeals to you and if it does, you wont regret buying it. I'm sure it will go out of date pretty quick but at the moment its essential reading for anyone encoding video for the web.

There's one or two printing errors and all the pictures are in shabby black and white. The front cover shows there's hardly been much attempt to make this book pretty. But all that doesn't matter - Its easy to read and it's packed with essential tips, encoding settings and good suggestions.

All the info in this book is probably on the web somewhere but its great to have it all in a book. It gets you away from that computer screen for change!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make great video for iDevices and the Web 18 May 2011
By Douglas F. Dixon - Published on Amazon.com
If you're making video and sharing it online or on iPhones / iPads / iPods then you need Jan Ozer's new book.

Ozer is best known for his profusion of articles for magazines including PC Mag, Event DV, and Streaming Media, as well as his popular seminars at the Streaming Media Conferences and other events.

His expertise comes not only from shooting and producing video, but also from working with manufacturers for product evaluations and with application developers for in-depth reviews and comparisons.

And now Ozer has packaged up his experience and advice in his new book, chock full of detailed information and practical advice for getting the best video for today's most important distribution mediums: Apple iOS portable devices and H.264 Web streaming (just in time for the new HTML5 browsers).

The book starts with an introduction to streaming production and encoding parameters. The next set of chapters focuses on H.264 encoding and production, with specifics for preparing material for Apple QuickTime, Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and HTML5. The section on producing for iDevices and other mobile platforms then covers both video for download delivery via iTunes and for steaming over Wi-Fi or cellular.

Next, Ozer digs further into related issues for producing videos, including adaptive streaming (adjusting quality to the download bitrate without requiring a dedicated streaming server) choosing an encoding tool (for Mac and Windows), producing for related formats (Google WebM and VP6, and Microsoft Windows Media / WMV), and accelerating encoding on dedicated workstations.

Finally, Ozer provides specific guidance on actually distributing your productions, both online through video hosting sites, and via live streaming. And there's a nice concluding chapter on useful video file analysis tools.

Throughout the book, Ozer provides his trademark depth of information:

- Discussions of encoding options are made concrete with screenshots from a variety of encoding tools, side-by-side comparisons of video encoded with different parameters, and tables with details of options for different compression targets.

- Specific advice is grounded in the results of his encoding and playback testing, showing the real-word performance of different encoding resolutions and options on different platforms.

- And detailed recommendations are complemented with the results of his analysis of a variety of popular sites, showing how each has chosen to prepare video for different types of audiences.

Ozer is great about sharing his expertise and experience in his articles, seminars, and StreamingLearingCenter.com site -- and the book goes further to organize and expand what you need to know to make great-looking and efficiently-compressed video. It's a must-have for people concerned with sharing video to where the audience is, on iDevices and over the Web.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, an invaluable addition to your studio! 12 May 2011
By Andrew William - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I saw this book on Amazon last week I ordered it right away and with great interest have spent many hours pouring through it. I found that every time I picked it up I learned something new and helpful regarding prepping video files for distribution. If you're an independent producer like myself who manages and creates 1,000 of videos for clients there really aren't many places you can turn to for help with staying up to date with this very complex and fast changing field. You owe it to yourself to get a copy of this book and read it. It's a very current and invaluable resource to have in your studio which you'll find yourself turning to over and over again.

Andrew William
Imagine That Productions
Norwich, VT
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Reference for the avid streamer 10 Jun 2011
By NicoMcLane - Published on Amazon.com
Sometimes an Engineer needs a reliable source to do the initial testing and evaluation of new methodologies in video compression - there are so many moving parts to being a packet pusher, if not for Jan as a resource and this book, it would take an exhaustive number of hours to come up with the same conclusions and methods outlined in his reference. I have personally relied on Jan's insights for many years and my first dabbles into HTML5 and h.264 were guided (and expedited) by his thoughtful research and instruction.

This is new terrain for a lot of us, and everytime I refer back to this reference I am yet again greatful it is on my shelf. I own 2 copies, one I keep at the office and one for home - because who has the bandwidth to memorize EVERYTHING. I am excited to be compressing video now for iThings and thankfully Jan is here to help me find my way...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivering videos and live events to desktop, mobile and HTML5 21 Mar 2012
By Andy Stevenson (@midas_man) - Published on Amazon.com
I work in the streaming field for a large very well known UK university and I am responsible for streaming Videos On Demand via the management of an third party application and streaming live events. I saw this book advertised on the web (can't remember where - think it was from my Twitter feed) and I had work purchase a copy. Very glad they agreed. If you are delivering a live event, or videos online, then this book is a must - plain and simple.

The book starts with quite a bit of introductory theory to video compression, codecs and streaming before moving on to getting your hands dirty with H.264 encoding parameters for delivering to different devices, such as desktop, iOS (iPhone, iPad) Android, Blackberry, etc. The university currently has a very large mobile directive, so it was this section that I found the particularly useful. From this section I have already made some minor changes to my own encoding parameters for desktop delivery of live events and I will be moving forward with mobile delivery as soon as I get the go ahead to rebuild our servers

The book then moves onto talk about the Adaptive Streaming technologies, (which again I have implemented albeit in a testing environment) before discussing a selection of H.264 Encoding Tools. As HTML5 starts to become standard across multiple browsers and my interest in both HTML5 and video, I found the section on how to produce WebM, VP6 and WMV video really useful too.

The remaining third of the book takes you through the process of distributing your video to User Generated Content/ Online Video platforms to your own website and how to encode a video for uploading to these services. Streaming Live Events is discussed by informing the reader of the required workflow and what to look for in choosing an particular encoder (software, or hardware). If encoding speed is an issue for you, then this is discussed in a chapter named "Accelerating Encoding on Multi-Core Workstations", which tells you all you need to know. The last chapter is regarding the analysis of files and discusses a good selection of tools to accomplish this.

The icing on the cake with this book, apart from the great information provided is that it is very easy to read. I have read other technical books that have been a chore to finish, which normally ended in my putting them back on the shelf, but this reads very well and takes the reader through the journey of what is required to deliver video content successfully on the internet, whether that is a live event, or video on demand. The author has been in working the video field for a long time and I'm sure he could have written a lot more on the subject. However, I think this would have been a mistake. The book does not provide the reader with an overwhelming amount of information, which is one of the reasons it is easy to read.

Let me re-iterate that if you are delivering a live event, or videos online, then this book is a must - plain and simple.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for Flash & HLS streaming 23 May 2012
By M. Castrinos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I work as a sales engineer for a company that manufactures hardware specifically designed for streaming media applications and have been in the streaming media industry for over a decade. I spend every day in conversations discussing streaming media projects from simple, single event webcasts to large enterprise or broadcast applications.

This book has proven to be extremely valuable to me. I frequently reference charts or information within this book. My copy has at least 20 labeled post-its sticking out of it for quick reference.

This book helped me get up to speed on the latest HTML5 & adaptive streaming technologies, provided me some very useful templates for me to offer customers that would apply to their project, and helped me to refine my own approach to how I encode video, particulary regarding "bits per pixel" awareness.

I recommend this book weekly to my own customers and others in the streaming media industry. It's an excellent resource for both beginners and professionals.
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