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Streaming Media Seminars - Abstracts and Downloads
    (Updated 5/2005)

    by Douglas Dixon

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Abstracts of recent seminar presentations, with notes posted for downloading.
( Downloads are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format)

About Douglas Dixon

    See Schedule of Upcoming and Recent Presentations

Full List of Presentations

Contents -- Streaming Media Seminars


Streaming Media -- Concepts and Trends  (Intro./Intermed.)

Streaming Web media can be tremendously compelling, from listening to overseas radio stations broadcast over the Internet, to catching the up-to-the minute election coverage on CNN.com, to watching streaming video shorts and movies. Yet streaming media can also be confusing and frustrating to work with, with multiple competing and changing standards, and severe quality degradation due to bandwidth constraints.

Explore today's streaming media industry and technology, and the tremendous improvement in compression technologies for high-def, broadband, and even handheld video. Understand streaming media on the desktop -- from formats and technology to desktop production, including Apple QuickTime, RealNetworks RealMedia, Microsoft Windows Media, and MPEG-4.

    Download: Streaming Media - Concepts and Trends  (5/2005, 16 pp. -- PDF, 233 KB)

Outline

Streaming Context
    Architecture: Download, Progressive
Issues
    Real-Time, Bandwidth, Solutions
Technology
    Video Formats: DTV, PC, Web; Codec Improvements
Trends
    Technology & Business: Scalability, System

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Streaming Media Formats (Intro./Intermed.)

Explore the current state of the streaming industry, from Internet to handhelds to digital cinema, focusing on the major streaming formats, their technological development, and associated improvements in compression formats.

    Download: Streaming Media Formats  (5/2005, 24 pp. -- PDF, 138 KB)

Outline

MPEG Standards: MPEG-2, MPEG-4
Apple QuickTime
RealNetworks RealMedia
Microsoft Windows Media
Macromedia Flash MX

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Streaming Media Authoring Tools Workshop  (Intermed.)

Explore current options in authoring streaming media formats, including format-specific (free) tools, export from video editing applications, and dedicated compression tools.

Includes Apple QuickTime, RealNetworks RealMedia, Microsoft Windows Media, and MPEG-4.

(Also see Video Compression Tools Workshop)

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