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devices and with a live deployment with one of
our customers. They work fine.”
That’s certainly true, as you’ll read about
in the sidebar, and the customer referenced
(Flimmit) has gotten Apple approval for their
app, so you can rest easy on that score. Still,
the representative says, users should be able
to choose a custom segment size sometime in
the future, which sounds like a capital idea.
Overall, while there were a couple of rough
edges, bitmovin is moving in the right direction,
and the performance and quality were impres-
sive. bitmovin needs to (and will) expose more
options in the UI and simple interface, such as
HLS segment length, enable HLS-only output
(without DASH), and add support for MP4 file
output. Meanwhile, the user interface is excep-
tionally simple to use, which will appeal to en-
coding novices, while the public API should be
equally simple to implement for high-volume
users; bitcodin should be very competitive upon
its final release.
Jan Ozer ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is a streaming media producer and
consultant, a frequent contributor to industry magazines and websites
on streaming-related topics, and the author of Producing Streaming
Video for Multiple Screen Delivery.
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