Streaming video expert Jan Ozer publishes book “Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5″
If you are looking for a detailed analysis on video compression and formatting for different devices, I encourage you to check out Jan Ozer’s recent book “Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5.” In it, he gives an overview of video compression and streaming before doing a deep dive into H.264 production work flow for a multitude of end user devices.
Ozer envisions five target audiences for this book, all of which I believe are readers of this blog:
“First, video producers encoding to H.264 who want to know which parameters to use for Flash, HTML5 and podcasts, why, and which encoding tool does it best.
Second, producers trying to figure out whether to use adaptive streaming and/or how to configure their streams for optimal quality.
Third, producers starting to think about live webcasting.
Fourth, producers wanting to learn about HTML5 and WebM. The book details which encoding tools work well, and which to avoid.
Finally, the newbie whoâ€™s looking to get up to speed with streaming encoding concepts like bandwidth and data rate, and wants a big picture overview of encoding and distribution.”
Here is an overview of the book’s content. For a detailed break-down, you can download the extensive table of contents (pdf).
Chapter 1: Introduction to Streaming Production
Chapter 2: Universal Encoding Parameters
Chapter 3: Introduction to H.264
Chapter 4: H.264 Encoding Parameters
Chapter 5: Producing H.264 for Computer Playback
Chapter 6: Producing for Apple (and Other) Devices
Chapter 7: Adaptive Streaming
Chapter 8: Choosing an H.264 Encoding Tool
Chapter 9: Producing WebM,VP6 and WMV Files
Chapter 10: Distributing Your Video
Chapter 11: Streaming Live Events
Chapter 12: Accelerating Encoding on Multi-Core Workstations
Chapter 13: File Analysis Tools
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 1994â€”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, including the Hands-On Guide to Flash Video: Web Video and Flash Media Server with Stefan Richter. One reviewer commented, â€œFor videographers, this is your bible on how to capture video for Flash. For video editors, this is your bible on how to prepare and compress the files.â€
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, ProDad, EventDV and ViewCast. He blogs at streaminglearningcenter.com.
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