Category Archives: Track A

A101: How To: Identifying Real-World Options for Live Streaming Playback

Track A: Track A – Tuesday 16 May 
10:30 – 11:30

The tech world at large believes that we’re ready for a Flash-less world, and that HTML5 has had plenty of time to play catch up and surpass Flash capabilities. In this session, learn which transport technologies from HTTP, WebRTC, RTSP, and even RTMP work best, when to use them, and where to put your development dollars for maximum return.

Presented by: Robert Reinhardt

A102: How To: Comparing And Choosing The Best HEVC Codec

Track A: Track A – Tuesday 16 May 
11:45 – 12:30

Content distributors and aggregators adding HEVC to their delivery pipeline will have plenty of codec options, but who has the time to evaluate their features, output quality, and performance? No worries—codec specialist Jan Ozer has done the work for you. He’s evaluated leading contenders like x265, MainConcept, Beamr, Intel, and NTT and he’ll share his results. Youll walk away from this session with a much clearer picture of the strengths and weaknesses of your HEVC encoding options for VOD streaming.

Presented by: Jan Ozer

A103: How To: Publishing Tools & Content Discovery on the Roku Platform

Track A: Track A – Tuesday 16 May 
13:45 – 14:30

Roku is the creator of a popular way to stream entertainment to the TV and offers a unique platform for developers to distribute content. In this session, Roku will provide an overview its tools available to publishers, how to make the most of them and what monetization strategy is right for your content. Some topics covered will be new enhancements to Roku Direct Publisher, advertising tools and capabilities and some updated features and content discovery tools available to publishers.

Presented by: Ben Strong

A104: How To: Getting Started with VR/360

Track A: Track A – Tuesday 16 May 
14:45 – 15:30

Virtual Reality (VR) and 360-degree are emerging as two of the most innovative live streaming trends, powering events such as sporting events, concerts, corporate meetings, education, medicine, military applications, and many other areas. In this interactive session, you’ll get to try live demos and get more familiar with the technology as we walk through some common 360-degree live streaming workflows, including the Lollapalooza Berlin 2015 music festival that allowed virtual attendees to attend the live concert series and be immersed with the band on stage. Most VR technologies use industry-standard streaming protocols that can be implemented with common streaming servers and platforms. We’ll show a few examples of fresh on the market 360-degree camera examples, and also review how playback is achieved using common player apps.

Presented by: Tim Dougherty

A105a: Case Study: Where To Start With 360-Degree Video

Track A: Track A – Tuesday 16 May 
16:00 – 16:30

As 360-degree video proves itself as one of today’s most immersive video technologies, transporting viewers into the middle of the action, this presentation will provide you with all the insights you need to get started with 360 video content creation. Join The Associated Press to learn about 360 video creation basics, from story boarding to post production. Hear about the resources you need to start a 360 video team, and the necessary editorial workflows that need to be incorporated as you get started with 360 video. The presentation will also look at the technologies you can use to get the most out of 360, including sharing their experiences from the field where they have put a lot of the kit through its paces. The AP will also provide insight into the challenges that lie ahead, from the technological (such as 360 sound) to crossing the divide between 360 and true VR.

Presented by: Nathan Griffiths

A105b: Case Study: How Vimeo Is Defining Standards For A Fragmented VR and 360 Landscape

Track A: Track A – Tuesday 16 May 
16:30 – 17:00

It’s been five years since Oculus VR launched their Kickstarter campaign for funding, but the 360 and VR landscape is still evolving, and increasingly fragmented. Learn how Vimeo is taking the scattered landscape and helping standardize it for creators and audiences; from cameras, to editing tools, to metadata, to player visual language, to distribution platforms. Learn about Vimeo’s goal to help define and promote standards, best practices, introduce/set a new benchmark for quality and offer tools that help creators showcase their content in the intended way – the highest quality possible.

Presented by: Sara Poorsattar

A201: Achieving Low-Latency Streaming At Scale

Track A: Track A – Wednesday 17 May 
10:30 – 11:30

Low latency has become a hot topic within the streaming world. No one wants notably high latency, of course, but what does low latency really mean? And in what contexts does low latency truly matter? This session uncovers how low-latency streaming works and why latency is a business-critical consideration using streaming use cases where low latency is undeniably important.

Presented by: Jamie Sherry, Mike Talvensarri

A202: Metrics Matter: Using QoE To Make Viewers Happier

Track A: Track A – Wednesday 17 May 
11:45 – 12:30

The worst way to find out that viewers arent having a good experience is via angry support emails or Twitter. If you have the right data at hand, getting out in front of problems your viewers might be seeing is crucial to keeping viewers happy and watching. This discussion will dig into real world examples and approaches to collecting, utilizing, and making QoE data actionable in order to improve the viewer experience.

Presented by: Matt McClure, Josh Arensberg, Matt Fisher, Zac Shenker

A203: How To: Fine-Tuning Your Adaptive Encoding Groups With Objective Quality Metrics

Track A: Track A – Wednesday 17 May 
13:45 – 14:45

Choosing the number of streams in an adaptive group and configuring them is usually a subjective, touchy-feely exercise, with no way to really gauge the effectiveness and efficiency of the streams. However, by measuring stream quality via metrics such as PSNR, SSIMplus, and VQM, you can precisely assess the quality delivered by each stream and its relevancy to the adaptive group. This presentation identifies several key objective quality metrics, teaches how to apply them, and provides an objective framework for analyzing which streams are absolutely required in your adaptive group and their optimal configuration.

Presented by: Jan Ozer