Streaming video is not easy! Over the last few weeks, we have been wrestling to solve a variety of streaming video issues.
Some were caused by slow Internet connections, others with an outdated media player on our web server. But the one we couldn't figure out was why iOS devices, like iPads and iPhones would not play long videos.
Holly Smokes, was this complex! Come to find out, iOS does not allow iOS devices to play videos longer than ten minutes when connected to a cellular data network! So, I spent the last week researching this issue and, finally, figured out what HTTP Live Streaming is and why we need to learn about it.
First, I wrote an article about this that is my lead story this week. If you are working with web video at all, you need to read this. This provides both a background and new method you can use in compressing your videos.
Second, we learned that in order to support iOS devices, we need to re-compress and re-program ALL our videos. With over 600 videos in our library, this is a massive job. We plan to start by updating our most recent webinars and work back from there.
We already have this working in the lab, now we need to figure out how to roll it out across the entire library. (As the article states, the trick is to get this working on Amazon servers, which is where our subscription media is hosted.) I'm hoping to see the first newly-compressed files up and running next week.
I'll keep you informed.
DIGITAL PRODUCTION BUZZ
FEATURED AUDIO INTERVIEW
Each week, I feature a different interview from our podcast: Digital Production Buzz
. This week, I want to call an interview with Matt Jackson
and Sean Stack
to your attention, from our June 6th show.
Matt is the director of the indie horror / suspense / comedy film "Love in the Time of Monsters." Sean did the color grading. So I ask you, what's the color of a zombie? You'll discover the answer here.
Listen to their interview here
Listen to the entire show here
COLOR GRADING A SCENE WEBINAR
One of the most popular training classes that I offer covers color correction. So, in last week's webinar, I took this one step farther and showed how to color correct a scene using Final Cut Pro X.
Well, three scenes, actually:
- Day-for-night spy thriller
- A cold winter day dialog
- An emotional reconciliation
This was a fun session, with lots of tips you can use in your own projects. If you are a subscriber, it is posted to the subscription site.
Or, if you want the download, click here
to buy it in our store.
ALL NEW WEBINARS
I've created five all-new webinars starting this Wednesday and continuing into mid-July. Click the links below to learn more.
"EDITING TRUTHS" WEEKLY WINNERS
Here are the latest winners in our "Editing Truths For Better Living" contest. These short aphorisms touch upon so many facets of editing for others.
It often helps to realize that it isn't you.
Read and enjoy...!
You can fix it in post. And usually have to.Martin Simmons
Client says, "VHS should be good enough for broadcast TV, they use it on Americas Funniest Home Videos!"Kees van Es
Editing time (ET) runs 3x faster than real time (RT). This is why in an editing room 1 hour (RT) seems to last only 20 minutes. To account for this time warp, an editing job expected to take 3 hours (ET) should should be quoted as 9 hours (RT). Adam Carroll
Client: "I couldn't find a bedroom to shoot the scene so I got the actor to sleep at the bottom of the stairs. I'm sure you can edit in a bed."
To learn more about this contest and the free stuff you can WIN
- or just to review past winners - click here
NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK
Three new articles and videos this week. And, as always, I've updated our Top 3 lists.