Does Video Help or Hinder Learning?

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By: Alan D. Greenberg

Oh my, how the times have changed.

At least that’s the case when we start thinking about how the world’s outlook towards distance learning has evolved through the years.

Consider, for instance, how folks viewed distance learning back in the days when Bill Clinton was still U.S. president. Back then – all the way back to 1999 – Dr. Thomas L. Russell of North Carolina State University conducted a comprehensive review of 355 research studies on distance learning. The ...

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Winnov Newsletter – October 2013 Edition

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Not Everyone May Be Ready for HTML5 Video

By Steve Vonder Haar

As much as we would like to think otherwise, there is no free lunch in the world of online video.

Yes, it would be wonderful to tap into technology that makes it possible to wave a magic wand and make all of our video distribution troubles disappear. Maybe you’d even have time left over in your day to have a friend take you out to a long, leisurely lunch. Unfortunately, that’s ...

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Winnov Newsletter – March 2013 Edition

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Streaming Video is Busting Free…

By Steve Vonder Haar, Senior Analyst Enterprise Webcasting & Streaming, Wainhouse Research, LLC

Streaming video is busting free from its spot on the corporate island.

At times in years past, vendors of webcasting technologies would be justified in feeling a bit left out of some big market opportunities when dealing with their little corner of the business communications landscape. After all, while many executives love webcasting to convey engaging messages to large target audiences online, a large percentage ...

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Fire-and-Forget Video Production

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

Creating streaming video can be such a hassle sometimes.

Setting up cameras. Adjusting audio feeds. Getting the lighting just right. There’s a lot of work that goes into making presenters look presentable. Indeed, it’s fair to say that one of the biggest barriers to getting organizations to use video more frequently is the sheer challenge that can be associated with creating quality video content in the first place.

So the task for executives ...

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Stream High-quality Video Content, Not Visual Mush

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

Streaming video technology platforms are handling tougher tasks than ever before – a positive development given the demands companies are making of solutions that help to create, manage and distribute online video content.

High-quality systems today can help organizations capture video, package it in accessible content portals, shepherd the distribution of the content on corporate networks and track exactly when and how users are watching specific video programming. Sometimes it seems that ...

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Winnov Newsletter – June 2012 Edition

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Deliver Higher Quality Content to More Viewers

Adaptive bit rate streaming enables you to deliver seamless, higher quality content to a wider range of viewers.

How does it work? In its most basic form, a single source is encoded at different bit rates and the resulting encodings are split up into fragments that are typically a few seconds long. The files are then uploaded to a media server. When a viewer wants to watch the online video, a ...

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Winnov Newsletter – May 2012 Edition

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They Just Don’t Make Format Wars Like They Used To…

By Steve Vonder Haar, Senior Analyst Enterprise Webcasting & Streaming, Wainhouse Research, LLC

At the dawn of the online multimedia age in the late 1990s, analysts and reporters alike spilled plenty of ink discussing the relative merits of Real Networks’ Real Player in comparison with Microsoft’s NetShow software that ultimately paved the way to Microsoft’s Windows Media player.

In that narrowband era that would run through the year 2000, endless debates ensued on ...

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