Category Archives: Track D

Welcome & Kickoff Session: Live Streaming NFL Thursday Night Football

Welcome & Opening Keynote – Thursday 2 November 
09:00 – 10:00

Earlier this year, Amazon won the rights to stream “Thursday Night Football” games on Amazon Prime for this season. In this session, AWS Elemental will provide insights about how the NFL is delivering a new level of live streamed sports experiences for fans. A special guest from Amazon Video will join the discussion for a deeper dive into the video and cloud infrastructure that’s being used to deliver the live streamed sports action.

Presented by: Keith Wymbs, BA Winston

D101: HOW TO: Handling First-Mile Networking Challenges

Track D – Thursday 2 November 
10:30 – 11:15

You’re at a venue with poor Internet connectivity and need to get your HD contribution feed to the cloud for live streaming delivery. What are your options? Join our panel for an interactive discussion about how to plan for and get around such hurdles, using bonded cellular devices, inexpensive satellite solutions, and networking technologies such as FEC, QUIC, SRT, Zixi, and others. We’ll compare the pros and cons of each, and answer your questions.

Presented by: Chris Knowlton

D102: HOW TO: Media & Machine Learning

Track D – Thursday 2 November 
11:30 – 12:30

Learn how Microsoft is applying intelligence to media to improve the user experience and automate the production process. This session provides an overview of how Microsoft is using the power of the cloud to apply machine learning to video. Demonstrations include improving live streaming video with automated closed captions, as well as extracting metadata from VOD libraries, making it extremely easy to index and search hours and hours of content.

Presented by: Andy Beach

Lunch on the Lawn

Track D – Thursday 2 November 
12:30 – 13:45

All conference attendees and speakers are invited to join us for Lunch on Lawn taking place on the Lighthouse Courtyard. Enjoy some fresh air and networking after a full morning of sessions.

*Please note this lunch is not open to Discovery Pass holders or booth personnel.

D103: HOW TO: Building a More Robust Cloud Encoder With FFMPEG & More

Track D – Thursday 2 November 
13:45 – 14:30

With the speed of technology today, one of the most important parts of software is adaptability. By taking control of your own encoding and packaging, you can greatly reduce cost and maintain high adaptability and agility to meet your needs now and in the future. When working with cloud encoding, there are several transcoding and packaging options, and the APIs for these options will change over time. We talk about how to build a more dynamic cloud encoder that can use the best tool for a specific job by decoupling the tools from the core application, as well as how to mix and match multiple operations concurrently on a single encoding task. Operations include WebVTT and AAC sidecar manifests, DASH assets, metadata, video quality, and stream muxing/demuxing. This session covers some of the strategies we’ve used to handle dynamic cloud encoding and packaging for live and VOD delivery.

Presented by: Jan Ozer, David Hassoun

D104: HOW TO: Selecting the Right Streaming & Video Management Technology

Track D – Thursday 2 November 
14:45 – 15:30

Despite all the vendor marketing hype and so-called “objective” white paper publications, there is no one “best” system: There’s one that’s right for you, your business needs, your technical requirements, your integration points, and your budget. This presentation helps attendees identify their unique requirements for an effective video management solution. We identify the mistakes that many technology buyers make and provide best practice advice on how to avoid these mistakes. We discuss the options facing buyers looking for new technology for video review, approval, and delivery. Attendees get advice on how to get to a vendor short list, submitting useful RFPs, what questions need to be asked, and other tips to ensure you choose the right solution.

Presented by: Jarrod Gingras

D105: HOW TO: Comparing AV1, VP9, HEVC, & H.264

Track D – Thursday 2 November 
16:00 – 17:00

Many content distributors and aggregators still use H.264 as their primary, if not exclusive codec, but the bandwidth savings incident to newer, more powerful codecs are alluring. Those considering a switch must evaluate at least three options; HEVC, VP9, and the Alliance for Open Media’s AV1 codec, which should be close to release by the close of 2017. In this session, codec specialist Jan Ozer evaluates the quality of these codecs and compares them to H.264. Learn how much bandwidth you can save with each and how the newer codecs compare from quality and implementation perspectives.

Presented by: Jan Ozer