Mastering Internet Video: A Guide to Streaming and On-Demand Video: A Guide to Streaming and On-Demand Video
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Mastering Internet Video: A Guide to Streaming and On-Demand VideoAbout the Author
Damien is an entrepreneur with 15 years of experience making computers talk to each other. He cofounded static.com (also known as Blue Falcon Networks, which is now akimbo.com) in 1995, where in his long tenure as Chief Tech-nology Officer, he led the development of numerous technologies including an online service, networked multiplayer games, and peer-to-peer cost-reduction software for video streaming. In 2002, he started Robot Army Corporation (http://www.robotarmy.com), a software consultancy and R&D house, which continues to develop large-scale media delivery software among other secret projects. In 2004, Robot Army spun off Carbot, Inc. (http://www.carbotpc.com), which designs and manufactures in-car entertainment of computers. Damien holds a bachelor or science degree in computer science/engineering from UCLA.
All you need to master preparing, capturing, compressing, securing, and delivering Internet video
Finally, there's a start-to-finish guide to Internet video for everyone who needs to understand it: Web professionals, managers, software developers, marketers, and hobbyists, even investors. Mastering Internet Video brings together clear, coherent coverage of every key issue: compression, formats, standards, servers, software, hardware, networking, multicasting, digital rights management, video editingeven troubleshooting. Damien Stolarz offers both conceptual and practical information, as well as coverage of all leading formats and platforms. Best of all, he presents easy-to-use, step-by-step solutions for each of today's most common Internet video usage scenarios. Coverage includes
Comprehensive conceptual coverage of capturing, preparing, and deploying video on the Internet
A practical guide to video compressionincluding expert help with performance and quality tradeoffs
Objective information for evaluating streaming servers, software, and hardwareincluding solutions from Microsoft, Real, Apple, Macromedia, and others
How networks and the Internet handle video dataincluding the challenges of real-time data delivery
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Mastering Internet Video: A Guide to Streaming and On-Demand Video: A Guide to Streaming and On-Demand Video (Paperback)Internet video and streaming media mystifies people. Stolarz does a great job of cutting through the sorcery so that you can understand just how streaming media really works. The text is easy to read and the illustrations are well thought out. This is a great reference for the video engineer or Web master that is tasked with purchasing or implementing Internet video services. Extremely valuable is the "Quick List of Problems and Concise Solutions" (Appendix A) that will allow the reader to jump directly into specific topics of the book.
If you are looking for a definitive (and eventually time-dated) how-to manual on making streaming media, I would recommend Mack's "Streaming Media Bible." That will give you screen shots on using the big three (WindowsMedia, QuickTime, and RealNetworks). But at the very least, "Mastering Internet Video" should be an accompanying reference. And if you want to build an overall streaming media solution for your organization, "Mastering Internet... Read more
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Truly understand streaming technology in plain language,
This review is from: Mastering Internet Video: A Guide to Streaming and On-Demand Video: A Guide to Streaming and On-Demand Video (Paperback)The author does a great job of explaining streaming in great detail for the layman or more advanced user in plain easy to understand language. This book is good for web master, video engineer, student, or just about anyone who has an interest in a detailed guide about Internet video.
I found this book easy to read and understand. It is very complete in regard to today's technology. I have recommended it to several of my co-workers. A feel this book is required reading for anyone looking to deploy streaming into their organization. Damien Stolarz seems to be a person that is not just a tech writer but a seasoned engineer that has spend much time in the trenches of Internet video. This book is well worth the money.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An excellent technical overview of online video,
This review is from: Mastering Internet Video: A Guide to Streaming and On-Demand Video: A Guide to Streaming and On-Demand Video (Paperback)This book goes into the high level technical details of creating an online video service. As an absolute newcomer to the field, I found it an invaluable tool for dealing with the knowledgeable professionals that I rely on to do such things as analog to digital conversion and the set-up and maintenance of media servers. This book will not give you the expertise to do any of these jobs - for that you have to get your hands dirty and actually perform some of the tasks yourself. But it will give you a grasp of the concepts and terminology you'll need to manage the issues that come up.
The book is solid all the way through, but some topics are treated with more detail than others. The sections at the start about video capture, compression, and file formats are in depth and somewhat technical. Later section, including one on transport protocols and DRM, are considerably more vague, probably because they are such complex topics that even an overview takes up the alloted... Read more
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Table of Contents
1. Video Preparation and Capture.
Television Video Versus Film.
Interlaced and Progressive Video Tradeoffs.
Frame Shape (Aspect Ratio).
Analog Versus Digital.
Analog-to-Digital (A/D) Conversion.
Scan Lines (Vertical Resolution).
Lines of Horizontal Resolution.
Higher and Lower Resolution Sources.
Connectors and Image Quality.
Rectangular Pixels and Non-Square Projection.
Video Basics Summary.
Digital Tape Formats.
Digital Video Cameras.
Analog Tape Formats and Cameras.
Creating New Internet Video Content.
Audience Internet Connection.
2. Video Compression.
Compression: How Much Is Bad?
What Codec Should I Use?
The Decision-Making Process.
Balancing Audio and Video Bit Rates.
Quality-Based Versus Bit Rate-Based Compression.
Constant Bit Rate (CBR).
Variable Bit Rate (VBR).
1-Pass and 2-Pass Encoding.
A Brief History of Internet Codecs.
Early 1980s: DAT and CD Audio.
1984: Macintosh Audio.
Mid-1980s: Amiga MOD and MIDI .
Late 1980s: Videoconferencing and H.261.
Early 1990s: JPEG.
Early 1990s: QuickTime.
Early 1990s: Cinepak.
1995: H.263 and MPEG-2.
1996 to the Present: MP3.
1997 to the Present: Commercial Efforts.
1997 to the Present: Macromedia Flash.
2000: Scalable Codecs.
Video Compression: Under the Hood.
Spatial Compression: JPEG.
Step 1: Color Space Transform.
Step 2: Downsampling.
Step 3: Frequency Transform.
Step 4: Quantization.
Step 5: Output.
Temporal Compression: MPEG.
Recommending a Codec for Your Content.
3. Video Storage File Formats.
An Ideal File Format for Video Storage.
Requirements of Internet Video File Formats.
Store Compressed Audio/Video.
Other Header Information: Metadata.
Multiple Bit Rates.
Protecting Files Against Unauthorized Use.
Checking File Integrity.
Common Internet File Formats.
Internet Video Container File Formats.
Simple Raw or Stream Video Formats.
Internet Playlist, Index, and Scripting Formats.
File Formats Versus Codecs: “How Do I Play Back an AVI?”
A Brief History of File Formats.
Apple’s QuickTime: MOV Files (.MOV).
Audio-Video Interleaved: AVI Files (.AVI).
MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 (.MPG, .MPEG, .DAT, and .VOB).
Progressive Networks: Real Audio and RealVideo (.RA, .RM, and .RAM).
Advanced Streaming Format and Windows Media Format (.WMV, .WMA, .WMX, .ASF).
DivX: A De Facto Standard.
Shockwave/Flash (.SWF, .FLA, .FLV).
Simple Multimedia Integration Language: SMIL (.SML, .SMIL).
MPEG-4 (.MPG, .MP4).
Under the Hood.
4. Streaming Media Server Software.
Types of Internet Media Delivery: Streaming Versus Downloading.
Streaming Thoroughly Defined.
Internet Streaming Servers.
Television Experience: Broadcast or Live Video.
Video on Demand (VoD).
Instant Gratification: Network Condition and Bandwidth Awareness.
Time Awareness and Real-Time Delivery.
Throttling Down for Narrow Pipes or Clogged Connections.
Faster Stream Starting.
User Experience Tracking.
Third-Party Verification and Reporting.
Better Tracking Than Offline Advertising.
Keeping the Content on the Server.
Digital Rights Management.
Controlling Access: Restricting Viewership to Permitted Viewers.
Scalability and Fault Tolerance.
Reality of Scale.
Hierarchical Server Arrangements: Live Broadcast.
Caching Server Hierarchies.
Content Delivery Networks.
Limiting Bandwidth Use.
Streaming Server Drawbacks.
Technology Maintenance and Updates.
Three Times the Headaches.
5. Video Transport Protocols.
How Video Travels Across the Internet.
The Internet Backbone.
Public Exchange Points.
Scalable Media Transmission.
Content Delivery Networks.
Distributed or Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Networking.
Network Layers: A Brief Primer on Internet Protocols (and Relevant Acronyms).
Transmission Control Protocol (TCP).
User Datagram Protocol (UDP).
Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP).
Microsoft Media Server Protocol (MMS).
Shoutcast/Icecast Protocol (ICY).
Streaming Through Firewalls.
6. Enterprise Multicast.
Example: CEO Video Broadcast.
Example: Stock Ticker.
Creating an Efficient Tree.
Source, Group (S,G) Combinations.
Multiple Sources Versus Single Source.
Different Multicast Algorithms.
Internet Protocol Version 6.
Routers and Switches.
Quality of Service.
7. Video Security and Digital Rights Management (DRM).
The Hope of Digital Rights Management.
A Tale of Two Consumers…or How to Feel Like You Are Protecting Content When You Are Not.
DRM Conceptual Ingredients.
The MP3 Experience.
Under the DRM Hood: Encryption Technology.
Using Encryption in DRM.
How DRM Is Compromised.
Simple Encryption Algorithm.
Tools in the Encryption Toolbox.
Hashing: One-Way Encryption.
Key Management and Revocation.
Certificate (Key) Authorities.
Combining It All.
Truly Effective DRM.
Guidelines for Effective DRM.
“Safe” Online Distribution Models.
8. Internet Video Standards.
A Nonstandard World.
The Two Types of Standards.
The Browser Wars.
Standards Organizations Relevant to Internet Video.
General Purpose Standards Organizations.
Internet Standards Organizations.
Video Standards Organizations: MPEG.
More Video Standards Organizations.
Creating MPEG Standards.
Some Final Notes.
Appendix A. Quick List of Problems and Concise Solutions.
Appendix B. The MPEG-4 Standard.
Mastering Internet Video Web Bibliography.
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