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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Doceo Publishing (May 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976259508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976259503
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jan produces live and on-demand streaming events for a variety of clients and consults widely on encoding-related topics. He has taught courses in video and streaming production since 1994, most recently at Streaming Media seminars in New York City, Los Angeles and London.

Jan is a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine and Online Video.net and blogs for other outlets. He has written or co-authored over 15 books on digital-video-related topics.

In addition to streaming events, Jan shoots, edits and produces DVDs for local performers in southwest Virginia. He blogs at www.streaminglearningcenter.com.

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The icing on the cake with this book, apart from the great information provided is that it is very easy to read.
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Jan Ozer's book, Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5 met my criteria for a good book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Douglas F. Dixon on May 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew William on May 12, 2011
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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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NicoMcLane on June 10, 2011
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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...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Stevenson (@midas_man) on March 21, 2012
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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.
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