W1: Build vs. Buy: How To Deploy The Right Video Player For Your Needs

Morning Workshops – Monday 9 May 
09:00 – 12:00

Today, there are more video platforms than ever, and it can be awfully confusing trying to choose. Should companies build their own video players, or choose an off the shelf one? Should they rely on open source, or proprietary solutions? Do you need a different solution for each mobile device, set top box, etc, or can HTML provide a build once run anywhere solution. These and other questions are answered in this how-to session that explores the options and demonstrates the relevant code. This is an intermediate session, for folks who are comfortable looking at code. We will explore using MediaSource Extensions to build solutions yourself, and look at the code needed to implement the various 3rd party solutions.

Presented by: Jeff Tapper

W2: Encoding 2016: Codecs and Packaging for PCs, Mobile and OTT/STB/Smart TVs

Morning Workshops – Monday 9 May 
09:00 – 12:00

As video resolutions increase and target playback platforms multiply, video producers must leave their H.264/HLS/HDS comfort zone and expand into HEVC, VP9, and MPEG-DASH. This workshop is divided into multiple segments by target platform to teach you the applicable standards and best strategies for delivering live and VOD adaptive video to viewers on that platform, both with and without DRM. Along the way, youll learn options for producing H.264, HEVC, and VP9; the status of standards such as the Media Source Extensions (MSE)and Encrypted Media Extensions (EME); and how and when to utilize them. Attendees walk away knowing the technical requirements for delivering to all key platforms and the best practices for making it happen.

Presented by: Jan Ozer

W3: Constructing an Open-Source Encoding Pipeline

Afternoon Workshops – Monday 9 May 
13:30 – 16:30

Encoding workflows for both SMB and enterprise are no longer restricted to commercial encoding products. Powerful and “free” open source options, such as FFmpeg, are appealing to start-ups and businesses for the flexibility in customization that they offer. In this workshop, learn the pros and cons of utilizing open source software in your encoding workflow. You also learn how to implement an encoding workflow by deconstructing a sample PHP and FFmpeg architecture. We also explore extended encoding options for FFmpeg including HEVC/H.265, to maximize compatibility with a wide range of mobile and desktop browsers, as well as streaming media servers.

Presented by: Robert Reinhardt

W4: Building an End-to-End Live Streaming Workflow

Afternoon Workshops – Monday 9 May 
13:30 – 16:30

Getting started with live streaming can be challenging. Even relatively simple workflows can be daunting as you consider all the possible technologies and deployment options. What’s best for you, especially if you are just getting started with live streaming or retiring an outdated technology platform? Join this workshop to learn about streaming architectures and formats, plus current technologies available and solutions for specific needs. You’ll see hands-on examples for sporting events, concerts, broadcasting, enterprise webcasts, educational lectures, house of worship services, and more. We’ll cover options and best practices for each step of the workflow, including live event capture, encoding, distribution, content protection, playback technologies, and on-premises vs. cloud vs. hybrid.

Presented by: Chris Knowlton, Ryan Jesperson

A101: How To: Live Social Broadcasting: Comparing Facebook Live, YouTube Live and Periscope

Track A: Track A: How-To – Tuesday 10 May 
10:30 – 11:30

Attendees to this session will learn how to use the social platforms to broadcast live video across Periscope, Facebook and YouTube. Learn how to create live streaming video for these platforms; how to shoot live video with solid quality; and how to use their interactive elements. Hear how streaming live increases viewer engagement and learn about additional hardware tools that make for great live streaming broadcasts. Led by Mario Armstrong, NBC TODAY show Digital Lifestyle Contributor, who has done over 600 Periscope broadcasts and uses Facebook live and YouTube live weekly.

Presented by: Mario Armstrong

B101: Evaluating SAAS, On-Prem, and Hybrid Deployment Models When Selecting an Enterprise Video Platform

Track B: Track B – Tuesday 10 May 
10:30 – 11:30

Programming in UHD has gone up tenfold, although only a relatively small amount is still available. More media enterprises are coming online with UHD broadcasts and standards have arrived to a certain degree, with initial support for content and devices. But we are still far from pervasive UHD-ready facilities and end-to-end workflows. This session will cut through the hype to look at what realistically can be accomplished in UHD today and experiences thus far in deploying UHD. The panelists also will cast an eye to the future, with discussion around topics such as live UHD event production and streaming and the potential for high dynamic range (HDR).

Presented by: Mike Newman, David Boyll, Charles Truelson, Joe Arena, Nicole McLane

C101: Cutting Through The 4K Hype: Standards, Deployments and The Future

Track C: Track C – Tuesday 10 May 
10:30 – 11:30

Programming in UHD has gone up tenfold, although only a relatively small amount is still available.  More media enterprises are coming online with UHD broadcasts and standards have arrived to a certain degree, with initial support for content and devices. But we are still far from pervasive UHD-ready facilities and end-to-end workflows. This session will cut through the hype to look at what realistically can be accomplished in UHD today and experiences thus far in deploying UHD. The panelists also will cast an eye to the future, with discussion around topics such as live UHD event production and streaming and the potential for high dynamic range (HDR).

Presented by: Keith Wymbs, Nick Colsey, Sara Poorsattar

D101: How To: Encoding Live and On-Demand Video Using HEVC

Track D: Track D – Tuesday 10 May 
10:30 – 11:30

These days, organizations are looking to support the complete live and on-demand video use case, including content creation, distribution, management, and reporting. As many of these initiatives are now enterprise-wide, one of the critical questions facing organizations is whether to deploy on-premises, cloud/SAAS, or hybrid. Listen as leading organizations discuss the considerations, benefits, and limitations of each deployment model, why their organization went in a specific direction, and what advice they have for organizations currently evaluating one or more deployment models.

Presented by: Jan Ozer