Recent advances in video codec technology have radically improved the quality of streaming video. Additionally the majority of the Internet audience can now receive high bit rate streams due to the rapid adoption of broadband. The combination of these two issues has made high quality video webcasts a reality.
However, producing a high quality video webcast is still challenging, and begins with producing high quality video. Streaming media encoders must drastically reduce the data rate of raw video. Producing your video to a high standard will make your streams higher quality.
This chapter should give you a firm grasp of the basics of video production, and help you understand how video codecs determine what to ...