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H.264 is an industry standard for video compression. Video compression can be defined as the process of converting digital video into a format that reduces the file size for when it is stored or transmitted. An H.264 video encoder carries out prediction and encoding processes to produce a compressed H.264 bitstream. Video compression (or video […]

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Adobe Flash is a multimedia platform and it is considered an international standard in the streaming industry. Flash is an important contender in this industry, in a close competition with Silverlight. This is the format we recommend most strongly. There are 2 Flash formats being used primordialy: – The first one is .swf – used […]

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Unicast streaming is a 1 to 1 connection between a server and a client, meaning each client gets a sepparate stream and only if they request it. Unicast streaming works either for live streaming or on demand streaming. Here is how unicast streaming works: Unicast streaming Unicast is the way being used by a WM […]

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Here is a short glossary with the terms you may need to know when streaming live or on demand videos: FPS = framerate, frames per second B = byte = 8 bits MB = Megabyte Mb or Mbit= megabit KB = kilobyte Kb or kbit = kilobit Codec (from coder/decoder) – software and/or hardware used […]

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Video conferencing is a technology integrating video, audio and specific content to offer a very close to reality communication experience. Participants need a computer,a microphone, a webcam and a broadband internet connection to participate in video conference. This way they will be able to see and hear each other in real time. Digital compression of […]

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Since last year there were rumours in the streaming media industry that a big number of IPTV providers will addopt the Pay Per View (PPV) platforms. Youtube, Vimeo or Hulu are just a few examples. For that reason I will present you here more about PPV. Wikipedia and tech-faq have described Pay Per View as […]

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It is well known from statistics and not only that online video is the fastest growing market on the Internet. The number of people posting and sharing online video and number of online video providers has been continuously growing. An online video platform is a free or fee-based provider that offers a variety of services, […]

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Progressive or noninterlaced scanning is a method for displaying, storing or transmitting moving images in which all the lines of each frame are drawn in sequence. The opposite process is interlacing used in traditional television systems where only the odd lines, then the even lines of each frame (each image is called a field) are […]

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Deinterlacing is the process taking a stream of interlaced frames and converting it to a stream of progressive frames. Ideally, each field becomes its own frame of video, so an interlaced NTSC clip at 29.97 frames per second stream becomes a 59.94 frame per second progressive. Since each field is only half the scanlines of […]

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720p is the shorthand name for a category of HDTV video modes. The number 720 stands for the 720 horizontal scan lines of display resolution (also known as 720 pixels of vertical resolution), while the letter p stands for progressive scan or non-interlaced. Progressive scanning reduces the need to prevent flicker by filtering out fine […]

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