Technical Information

The growing demand for video online and over the mobile networks means people are looking for ways to send better video using less bandwidth. Back in 2013, HEVC/H.265 was approved as the next standard for video compression to meet those needs. It's able to double the compression while providing the same video quality as the current standard H.264. It can also provide higher quality video...

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Earlier this year Encoding.com published the 2015 Global Media Format Report. Encoding.com is one of the largest cloud-based encoding services with over 2000 publishers. They have a huge amount of data they can use to say what sorts of video formats are actually being used and to identify trends. How much data do they have? Well, they took in 951TB of data (that’s the raw feed...

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My son has started streaming his Minecraft adventures. I set up the recording software for him, but he now knows how to edit and upload himself. One of his Minecraft buddies wanted to start streaming too, so I offered to help him get set up as well. And that’s when I stumbled into the latest proof of the old adage, “If you want to learn something,...

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t1 line

In the world of the internet, and computer networking in general, there are often terms we just throw around. T1 and T3 are just two designed to baffle the uninitiated. So what do these deceivingly simple terms mean? Read on and find out. The shortest description is that they are both cables (or lines) used to transmit voice and data between two points. The biggest difference...

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Ultra High Definition, or UHD. It’s every technophile’s dream. But what is it really? In order to use the Ultra HD label, displays must have an aspect ratio of 16:9 (at least) and one input with a minimum resolution of 3840x2160. This includes what people are calling 4K using 2160p and 8K at 4320p. That’s compared to today’s HD with a maximum resolution of 1920x1080. You can...

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Who’s to blame when video streaming experiences aren’t good? If you’re watching a major streaming service like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, or others, they will probably point the finger at your ISP. Or your home network configuration. Or maybe even your device. These companies are heavily invested in online video so they know the formats are correct. They know they can support just about every device...

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The headline read: “As Flash 0day exploits reach new level of meanness, what are users to do?” Wanting to know the answer, I read the article on Arstechnica.com about another set of hackers (or the same, who knows?) exploiting bugs in Adobe’s Flash software. Three times already in 2015 (at the time this blog was written) hackers had exploited bugs in the software. Research into the...

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hevc vp9 video standards

One of the main challenges facing Internet providers, mobile services, and content producers is delivering ever increasing amounts of video over the same networks (networks do get upgraded over time, but not nearly as fast as the rate of video usage). To do that they either need to make the videos smaller in terms of file sizes (how much they can be compressed), or make...

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