If you’re involved with producing and distributing video on the web, you’ll probably want to read and keep close at hand a copy of Jan Ozer’s new book Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5.
How’s that? Basically, you’ll get a lot of straight talk about post-producing and posting web video with a minimum of gear head jargon. I’ve known Jan for a number of years since our days as writers at millimeter magazine. Jan continues to write and do research for magazines such as StreamingMedia and EventDV. He also teaches courses in video and streaming production; the book took shape there, as learned what students find difficult in producing for the web.
Whether Jan and I were talking as we treaded trade show floors or chatting with other writers about best-of-show product awards, I’ve appreciated his clear and thoughtful responses on often perplexing technology.
That desire to stay current is key these days when you’re trying to produce while faced with the constantly changing capabilities of video-enabled smart phones and tablets, along with ever-proliferating codecs and standards such as WebM and HTML5.
The book will have a lot of real world significance to readers, not least because Jan himself continues to create and produce DVDs, live webcasts and streaming media. Ozer details in various charts throughout the book his results from analyzing a wide range of streaming files, podcasts, and other media from major producers and publishers. You’ll learn what specs they chose and why.
For example, readers will find highly specific encoding recommendations to create RTMP-based Flash adaptive streaming files, those specs courtesy of some of the top postproduction and streaming operations in both Europe and the U.S.
In an interview, Jan also gave an example from his book of video producers encoding to H.264. They’ll want to know which parameters to use to create Flash, HTML5 and podcasts, exactly why each parameter was decided upon, and finally–with all of those considerations in mind–which encoding tool does the job best.
That’s just the sort of info that you, as a producer, need.