Category Archives: H.264

Baptism of Fire in the Olympic Cauldron

The Olympics are upon us – again! Even though the ancient Greeks set the Olympic schedule 4 years apart (in fact, the literal definition of an Olympiad is “4 years”), the modern Olympics since 1992 have been only 2 years … Continue reading

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Introducing iStreamPlanet Aventus

As I glance at my blog I realize it’s been 7 months since my last post, which is probably as good of a sign as any that I should probably finally tell you a little bit about what I’ve been up … Continue reading

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H.265/HEVC Ratification and 4K Video Streaming

OK, so maybe it was a shorter break from blogging than I expected. As it turns out the world does not stop when I change jobs. The media world today is abuzz with news of H.265/HEVC approval by the ITU. … Continue reading

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Announcing Expression Encoder 4 SP1

Just received this news… Service Pack 1 for Expression Encoder 4 will be released on January 31, 2011. The encoder update will be available for download at: http://www.microsoft.com/Expression/service-packs/Encoder.aspx This is a significant update to EE4, boasting an impressive list of … Continue reading

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IIS Media 4.0, SMF 2.3, RCE 1.0 SP1 and More

It’s been too long since my last post, so I thought I’d get warmed up and back into blogging form by posting something about recent releases on the Microsoft media platform. After PDC 2010 in November which focused on new … Continue reading

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Silverlight 3, IIS Media Services 3.0, Olympics 2010 – Wow, It Truly Is March Madness!

Though blogging in Las Vegas might sound like a party foul, this has been an amazing week for Silverlight media – so much that I feel a sudden urge to report on it right now, right here. Silverlight 3 Beta … Continue reading

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Come Join Us at MIX 2009!

MIX, Microsoft’s annual conference for Web 2.0 designers and developers – is upon  us. This year it will take place March 18-20 at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. If you’re interested in the world of online video streaming (and I guess you … Continue reading

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Smooth Streaming FAQ

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Smooth Streaming Architecture

As described in the previous two posts, Smooth Streaming is Microsoft’s implementation of HTTP-based adaptive streaming, which is a hybrid media delivery method. It acts like streaming, but is in fact based on HTTP progressive download. The HTTP downloads are performed … Continue reading

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H.264 and AAC support coming in Silverlight v.Next

I’m on a mini pre-IBC vacation this week so I was caught a little off-guard when I noticed that the big IBC announcement that we had been working on for months now – went out this morning. I didn’t expect … Continue reading

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