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We’re a team of engineers, marketers, designers, all passionate about video and the work we create together. Welcome to our blog about video.
01/30/20
10 min read

Low Latency HLS 2: Judgment Day

Phil Cluffby Phil Cluff
Phil explains the latest changes in the Low Latency HLS specification from Apple.
Illustration of open byte range behaviour in LL-HLS
Phil explains the latest changes in the Low Latency HLS specification from Apple.
11/25/19
7 min read

In defense of 'flicks' (or how I learned to stop worrying and love 705600000)

Matthew Szatmaryby Matthew Szatmary
Essentially a flick is just a really big number, specifically the number 705,600,000 and tries to solve a problem that nobody in digital media actually has.
In defense of 'flicks' (or how I learned to stop worrying and love 705600000)
Essentially a flick is just a really big number, specifically the number 705,600,000 and tries to solve a problem that nobody in digital media actually has.
11/14/19
5 min read

The New Video.js Themes

Matthew McClureby Matthew McClure
The ability to easily theme Video.js via a little CSS is one of the project's super powers. Sure, it can play back all the formats you need right out of the box and is easily extended via plugins, bu ...
The New Video.js Themes
The ability to easily theme Video.js via a little CSS is one of the project's super powers. Sure, it can play back all the formats you need right out of the box and is easily extended via plugins, bu ...
06/14/19
19 min read

The community gave us low-latency live streaming. Then Apple took it away.

Phil Cluffby Phil Cluff
One bite and all your dreams will come true - Apple. Last week at WWDC, Apple announced their usual cascade of software updates, and as has been tradition for the last 4 years, Roger Pantos took the ...
The community gave us low-latency live streaming. Then Apple took it away.
One bite and all your dreams will come true - Apple. Last week at WWDC, Apple announced their usual cascade of software updates, and as has been tradition for the last 4 years, Roger Pantos took the ...
05/20/19
5 min read

How Audience Adaptive Encoding Works

Ben Dodsonby Ben Dodson
Mux recently announced our new Audience Adaptive Encoding (AAE). Check out this deep dive into how AAE works and why you should try it out.
Mux recently announced our new Audience Adaptive Encoding (AAE). Check out this deep dive into how AAE works and why you should try it out.
03/28/19
7 min read

Did Sisvel just catch AOM with their patents down?

Phil Cluffby Phil Cluff
On Wednesday, Sisvel International S.A. announced two new patent pools, one for the VP9 video codec and one for the AV1 video codec . These new patent pools cover "consumer display devices" and "co ...
Did Sisvel just catch AOM with their patents down?
On Wednesday, Sisvel International S.A. announced two new patent pools, one for the VP9 video codec and one for the AV1 video codec . These new patent pools cover "consumer display devices" and "co ...
03/14/19
18 min read

Streaming video on the internet without MPEG

Phil Cluffby Phil Cluff
Authors Notes: This article is based on a set of experiments I developed while investigating the feasibility of building a premium video experience using only royalty free video streaming technologie ...
Streaming video on the internet without MPEG
Authors Notes: This article is based on a set of experiments I developed while investigating the feasibility of building a premium video experience using only royalty free video streaming technologie ...
01/23/19
17 min read

The Low Latency Live Streaming Landscape in 2019

Phil Cluffby Phil Cluff
One of the hot topics of NAB, IBC, and Demuxed last year was “low latency” live video streaming. In this post we’ll examine the spectrum of different latencies that users experience, discuss the use ...
The Low Latency Live Streaming Landscape in 2019
One of the hot topics of NAB, IBC, and Demuxed last year was “low latency” live video streaming. In this post we’ll examine the spectrum of different latencies that users experience, discuss the use ...
11/21/18
8 min read

Video Analytics Series Part 1: Rebuffering

Ben Dodsonby Ben Dodson
Mux receives over a billion video views each month through Mux Data, and we recently spent some time looking at the most important metrics, such as rebuffering percentage, time to first frame, and vi ...
Mux receives over a billion video views each month through Mux Data, and we recently spent some time looking at the most important metrics, such as rebuffering percentage, time to first frame, and vi ...
11/15/18
20 min read

Streaming video teardown: Twitch vs. Amazon Prime for Thursday Night Football

Phil Cluffby Phil Cluff
Growing up in England I’ll openly admit that American Football isn’t my first choice of sport, however, by anyone's standards, American Football is huge. Last year Amazon started live streaming Thurs ...
Streaming video teardown: Twitch vs. Amazon Prime for Thursday Night Football
Growing up in England I’ll openly admit that American Football isn’t my first choice of sport, however, by anyone's standards, American Football is huge. Last year Amazon started live streaming Thurs ...
10/30/18
12 min read

90% of YouTube viewers don’t care about video quality

Phil Cluffby Phil Cluff
(and 4 other things we learned at Demuxed 2018) Last week was the annual Demuxed conference . Demuxed is a conference designed by, and for developers working with video. This year for the first time, ...
90% of YouTube viewers don’t care about video quality
(and 4 other things we learned at Demuxed 2018) Last week was the annual Demuxed conference . Demuxed is a conference designed by, and for developers working with video. This year for the first time, ...
08/14/18
17 min read

Per-title encoding @ Scale

Matthew McClureby Matthew McClure
The venerable Nick Chadwick spoke at Facebook's Video @Scale about Mux's approach to per-title encoding using machine learning. If you missed @ Scale, here's a recording of the talk along with a t ...
The venerable Nick Chadwick spoke at Facebook's Video @Scale about Mux's approach to per-title encoding using machine learning. If you missed @ Scale, here's a recording of the talk along with a t ...
06/27/17
10 min read

Do Androids Watch Videos of Electric Sheep? How Bots React to Web Video

Scott Kidderby Scott Kidder
Philip K. Dick’s classic science-fiction story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” confronted mankind's need to differentiate living things and machines. While it’s currently easy for us to make t ...
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Philip K. Dick’s classic science-fiction story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” confronted mankind's need to differentiate living things and machines. While it’s currently easy for us to make t ...
05/30/17
13 min read

YouTube and the independent production studios of tomorrow

Eliot Millerby Eliot Miller
YouTube is where the production studios of tomorrow are honing their skills, but they aren’t going to stay there forever.
YouTube and the independent production studios of tomorrow
YouTube is where the production studios of tomorrow are honing their skills, but they aren’t going to stay there forever.
05/08/17
3 min read

Rebuffering: The Most Frustrating and Frequent Problem for Video Consumers

Eliot Millerby Eliot Miller
Users said the most frustrating problem was when the video stalled or had to rebuffer. This is not surprising as buffering can cause a huge drop in viewers.
Rebuffering: The Most Frustrating and Frequent Problem for Video Consumers
Users said the most frustrating problem was when the video stalled or had to rebuffer. This is not surprising as buffering can cause a huge drop in viewers.
05/02/17
3 min read

ISPs and Publishers get the blame for video streaming problems

Eliot Millerby Eliot Miller
For Slow Load Times and Rebuffering consumers mostly blamed their ISP and their Wi-Fi, however the difference between these results is a very fine line.
ISPs and Publishers get the blame for video streaming problems
For Slow Load Times and Rebuffering consumers mostly blamed their ISP and their Wi-Fi, however the difference between these results is a very fine line.
04/20/17
3 min read

How do users feel about video streaming quality on their TVs?

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
We focused our survey on one type of content: video streamed to a television, using a service like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, or WatchESPN.
How do users feel about video streaming quality on their TVs?
We focused our survey on one type of content: video streamed to a television, using a service like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, or WatchESPN.
11/08/16
1 min read

WebRTC: From the ground up

Nicholas Chadwickby Nicholas Chadwick
I recently had the pleasure of giving a presentation at Demuxed - the conference for video engineers. Over the past several years, I've had a fair amount of experience with live video systems and th ...
WebRTC: From the ground up
I recently had the pleasure of giving a presentation at Demuxed - the conference for video engineers. Over the past several years, I've had a fair amount of experience with live video systems and th ...
09/14/16
5 min read

Buffering reduces video watch time by ~40%, according to research

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
According to our data, just one short buffering interruption leads to 39% less time spent watching video on a site.
Buffering reduces video watch time by ~40%, according to research
According to our data, just one short buffering interruption leads to 39% less time spent watching video on a site.