How to embed a HTML5 video on your site

Embed HTML5 video interface

With HTML5 you can embed a video without the need to install a player.  This tutorial explains how to embed a video starting with a simple example, to end with multilingual subtitles and advanced options. You will be able to use the embedding code below in practically any cms or html website. Content management systems … Read moreHow to embed a HTML5 video on your site

What bitrate for HLS adaptive streaming video?

HLS ideal bitrates

What bitrate to use for HLS adaptive streaming video is a question many people struggle with. Bitrate (or “Bit rate” in proper English) is the amount of bits needed to produce a second of video footage. In this tutorial we try to give you the ideal bitrate to use per video resolution.  Although it depends … Read moreWhat bitrate for HLS adaptive streaming video?

Autoplay: Chrome and Safari prepare to punish misuse advertising videos

Autoplay video ad

Chrome 64 and Safari 11 plan to punish misuse of Autoplay for video and audio on short term. What kind of misuse do they actually mean? The advertising industry has to fight constantly against our ability to ignore banners, text ads etc. So, they seek new ways to get their messages across and some of those, … Read moreAutoplay: Chrome and Safari prepare to punish misuse advertising videos

Reversed phase in audio and how to solve it

Reversed phase audio

Reversed phase in audio can happen when audio devices save audio in the wrong way, resulting in a bad audio, notwithstanding everything seems to sound fine with the headphones. In my case, with the Sony HDR FX1 and a shotgun mic from Rode, one channel of the audio is each time reversed. A reversed phase audio creates problems … Read moreReversed phase in audio and how to solve it

How to fix subtitle problems in foreign languages

Foreign subtitles errors

Subtitles in foreign languages can give strange results.  Here we show how to fix various problems with a French subtitle vtt file as an example, embedded in JW Player. NOTE: JW Player 7.7 and above solved the issue with special characters, while lower versions and various other players give problems. Some languages pose no problems, but as … Read moreHow to fix subtitle problems in foreign languages

Using royalty free stock video and audio

Update 1 June 2016: This was a review of Revostock, which has been killed off by a Patent Troll. Revostock was founded in 2006, a library which offered royalty free stockvideo, stockaudio and sound effects. It was the first to sell Adobe After Effects templates to use in video projects. Like many image libraries it contained professional and … Read moreUsing royalty free stock video and audio

How to create captions/subtitles for video and audio in WebVTT, SRT, DFXP format

Updated: 15 March 2019. This tutorial shows how easy it is to create captions/subtitles files in WebVTT, SRT and DFXP format for subtitling in videos and audios. Depending on the media player you use, you can even provide subtitles in different languages for the same media. Subtitle files are basically text files you can write … Read moreHow to create captions/subtitles for video and audio in WebVTT, SRT, DFXP format

NaturalReader: voice-over software that does the talking for you

You don’t like your own voice on recordings, yet you cannot afford or have no time to hire a professional voice-over? Here is wonderful software that almost gets it right: NaturalReader. This software turns text into speech with voices that are way more sophisticated then any speech software of your Operating system. It is available … Read moreNaturalReader: voice-over software that does the talking for you

How to encode a video simultaneously for web, iPhone, iPad, iPod & other handheld devices using HandBrake

You want to ensure that everyone, or at least most people can watch your video? Then you have to create a video that works on the web and mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and other handheld devices. This is not evident and you may count on it that being compatible with these … Read moreHow to encode a video simultaneously for web, iPhone, iPad, iPod & other handheld devices using HandBrake

How to switch from low resolution video to HD automatically – part 1

In this article, I’ll show you how to switch automatically from a low resolution video to HD video on your site.  Standard, the low resolution version will play and when the visitor hits the full screen button, the HD video takes over.  HD switching can work on any site, whether it is a WordPress, Joomla, … Read moreHow to switch from low resolution video to HD automatically – part 1

How to improve quality of video tutorials on YouTube

When you upload a 800×600 screen capture video tutorial to YouTube, the quality deteriorates so badly that texts in the video are hardly readable. The reason is that YouTube regards everything smaller then HD video as a free license to shrink the video to a resolution of 480 pixels wide. Viewing it full screen doesn’t … Read moreHow to improve quality of video tutorials on YouTube

Converting video to streaming MP4 for S3 Amazon with AVS Video Converter

Some video converters do not get it right when converting video to MP4 to stream on S3 Amazon/CloudFront. Especially the cheaper converters like AVS Video Converter for Windows tend to have problems. Luckily, there is a trick to fix this problem. Here you find a video tutorial on how to get the correct settings from … Read moreConverting video to streaming MP4 for S3 Amazon with AVS Video Converter

The do’s and don’ts of the Autoplay feature

Autostart (currently known as autoplay) is an attribute of embedding code to determine if rich media should start to play automatically when a page is loaded. There is a bit of confusion about when to use this feature, so I’ve thrown a couple of scenarios on a heap to explain best practices. When is Autoplay … Read moreThe do’s and don’ts of the Autoplay feature

TimedText and how to use it

TimedText is a convention to place subtitles in videos without actually embed them in the video itself.  This has huge advantages over embedded (hardcoded) subtitles because you can use the same video while using different languages, depending where you show it.   TimedText can be used in two ways: Closed Captions or Open Captions. Closed … Read moreTimedText and how to use it

YouTube doubled the size for uploads

YouTube announces that as from today, the upload for standard videos doubles from 1GB to 2GB, making it possible to upload bigger videos at higher resolutions. New features In addition, the YouTube team’s implemented new features to make it easier to show your HD videos on your site or blog by appending &hd=1 at the … Read moreYouTube doubled the size for uploads

Broadcast quality audio for video interviews

Regarding audio and video, there is huge difference between broadcasting quality and podcasting or play back from computer. Although computer sound cards are getting better, it lacks way behind in comparison with professional audio equipment. This article shows a couple of pitfalls you have to avoid if there is a chance that you interview is not only watched from the web but also on fairs with professional PA systems.

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How to keep a mic close by without revealing it in video footage?

To keep the microphone out of view while holding close to the interviewee you have 3 options: either use a mic stand, a boom pole or, under certain conditions, attach the mic to the camcorder. If you are on your own, using a boom pole can be impractical, because you have to monitor your camcorder … Read moreHow to keep a mic close by without revealing it in video footage?

Action! How techniques from the film industry can be useful for video

Shooting a video in one go is fine for straightforward interviews or short presentations but when it comes to complicated subjects, we often have to cut a video into pieces. When finished, we assemble everything in post production and glue the parts together. Sometimes, it can be difficult to recognize from the thumbnails in the … Read moreAction! How techniques from the film industry can be useful for video

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