Vector 22: Don Melton on transcoding video

Vector 22: Don Melton on transcoding video
By Kevin Michaluk on 30 Nov 2013 10:47 am EST

Vector is our cross-platform, cross-site podcast where we talk about the technology that matters to all of us. Hosted by Rene Ritchie, it's seriously my new favorite podcast that I *actually* listen to and sometimes appear on.

In this episode, Don Melton, former Engineering Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, deep-dives into his non-browser-based passions: Blu-Ray, transcoding video, H.264, and managing massive amounts of media. Bottom line, if you want to get your videos onto your devices, and you're not afraid of command-lines or codecs, you're in for one hell of a ride. But, yeah: Warning: Contains extreme nerdery.

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Vector 22: Don Melton on transcoding video


For sure. I am all for cross platform discussion and looking forward to a a listen... have a great weekend mobile nations...

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I have a computer whiz son that did all this for his dear old dad, and now I have all of my movies in A compatible MP4 format. My son made a video iPod two years before Apple.

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I think Renee is a good tech analyst and a good communicator and I have no problem with Kevin posting the link to support Renee and his greater interests in Mobile Nations, BUT, at some point CrackBerry is just going to become an Apple enthusiast site.

I mean, if these two really want to process video, their first step should be to build a muscular *PC* with superior hardware and software for this. Maybe throw in some helpful Matrox or Black Magic gear. It'll cost less than their yuppie machine and bring with it many other advantages for video geeks and streaming podcasters like Renee. Vidblaster and Tricaster run on Windows only last time I checked... although Newtek will let old people with Macs and iPads interface. I can't imagine Vidblaster running on a Mac short of the Mac Pro set to be released this month... without being very, very embarrassed. All this handbrake nonsense and geekery is fine for Apple enthusiasts, but why should I care? I own a MacBook and I'd never use it for this. This is a job for muscle.

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Most of the show has nothing to do with Windows, Mac, Linux, or any other OS, but about the core technologies and considerations involved in transcoding media in general.

Don happens to use a Mac, so he supplied some scripts for the Mac, but most of the software is cross-platform, and the principles apply to everything.

Also: Rene - one e at the end :)