Monthly Video Meetup

Congratulations everyone, we survived another month! What better way to celebrate than to spend an evening with your favorite group of video engineers?! For anyone new, pizza and drinks will be provided and guests are always welcome, just make sure they either RSVP or you add them as a +1 so we can get an accurate head count.

This month's talks:

Steven Robertson (YouTube) - The saga of the VP9 deployment at YouTube. This is not a sales pitch but focuses on the actual roadblocks we experienced, the things we did wrong and learned from during the rollout, and the importance of "fake it 'til you make it" at any scale.

Adam Brown (Brightcove) - We got a few requests for someone to give a crash course on FFmpeg, so Adam was kind enough to oblige. He's the lead engineer for the Zencoder live product, and will run through basic to intermediate uses of FFmpeg via the command line.

Lightning Talks - 3 minute max! Looks like we've already got one volunteer, so anyone else that's interested get in touch. You can also come find me (Matt McClure) at the meetup if inspiration strikes you at the last minute.

Remote Stream - The guys from Live Talk (Andrew and Adam) have volunteered to live stream the meetup tonight as a demo of their app! Feel free to join us from there:­.

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  • Colleen H.

    @john busher I think you're talking about vp9. Chrome and Firefox support VP9 on desktop and on mobile. Any mobile app can deploy libvpx and support VP9 on iOS / Android in their own decoder. When it comes to support, you can create VP9 files just fine with free and open tools like libvpx, ffmpeg, etc. The issue you're addressing is the lack of existing support from people like Zencoder,, Amazon Elastic Transcoding, etc, to support VP9 encoding out of the box yet. They will, in time. If you want to start out with it for now, you can just use FFMPEG on EC2 or GCE instances yourself :).

    July 30

    • John B.

      Yes. I meant VP9 but if I have users upload their own videos to my site I need a way to automate the process which is where Zencoder and the others come in. Does FFMPEG allow sites to automate this process?

      July 30

    • Colleen H.

      Absolutely. Most of the video sites you visit are based on FFMPEG.

      Granted, it might be less of a "service" than you are looking for. You would have to manage your own servers / workflow. There are lots of projects on github that might help. That said, I think this conversation is fairly public to Brightcove / Zencoder :). Hopefully they see it as an encouragement to support VP9 / WEBM / DASH in their framework. The libraries are free and open source for them to leverage and compatible with their systems. Granted, it's never THAT easy in software... but... it's also not unpossible :).

      July 30

  • Eric

    Great meetup! Really enjoyed all of the presentations and found the content really useful and educational.

    July 30

  • Joseph S.

    Both presentations were great. Nice atmosphere to be in.

    1 · July 30

  • John B.

    Matt and Jon,

    Thank you for hosting this Meetup. I have a question for the VK9 presenter. The amount of VK9 video depends on a few factors like Browser adoption (Chrome and Firefox support it now) and how quickly service providers like Brightcove and their competition support it. So if implementing VK9 is not on their product roadmap for 2015 it will probably be 2016 until there’s a lot of non Youtube VK9 content for consumer viewing. Is that correct? I operate a site called and will have to rely on a service provider's adoption of VK9 into their service feature set before I can offer VK9 video content. Right?

    July 30

  • Colleen H.

    I came down with a fever. I'll try to watch some of the live stream before going to sleep :(.

    July 29

  • Adam M.

    Today's meetup will be livestreamed here:

    You can comment, ask questions and answer audience polls there too :-)

    July 29

  • Khalid A.

    anyone interested in video content analysis and/or video advertisement, feel free to get in touch!

    1 · July 23

  • Dan D.

    I can give a demo of Shotcut (open source tool) at some meetup. It might be a refreshing change from your usual talks.

    July 10

    • Matt

      We usually do a hard cap of 3 minutes (not including questions). Think that will be enough time?

      July 14

    • Dan D.

      I will make it work.

      1 · July 22

  • John W.

    Are there any Meetup members interested in discussing the state-of-the-art in video coding, codecs, new video coding algorithms or related subjects? If so please contact me at the meeting.

    June 26

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