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HP Z2 Mini Generation 4 (G4): not ready for Prime Day, but still a bargain

HP Z2 Mini Generation 4 (G4): not ready for Prime Day, but still a bargain

UPDATE: Here’s a copy of the press release for the entire Z2 line from HP, including three additional groupings of workstations in the Z2 line: HP Z2 Small Form Factor, HP Z2 Tower, and the professionally-certified HP EliteDesk 800 Workstation Edition. HP announced this morning, one day after Amazon’s Prime Day, that the company is releasing…

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HEVC (H.265) Workflows & Their Impact of existing AVC (H.264) Production Pipelines

HEVC (H.265) Workflows & Their Impact of existing AVC (H.264) Production Pipelines

Today the folks at Beamr launched a survey report that HelpMeStream’s Tim Siglin crafted. The Real-World HEVC Insights: Adoption, Implications, and Workflows report spells out the impact that High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC or H.265) has on real-world media production pipelines, including those that have traditionally been H.264 or Advanced Video Coding (AVC) pipelines. The report…

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Optimizing Video, Saving Bandwidth

Optimizing Video, Saving Bandwidth

A few years ago, our founding executive director, Timothy Siglin, worked for the strategy officer for acompany that promoted the concept of perceptual quality optimization (PQO) to fine-tune video compression on a shot-by-shot basis. That company, EqulidIQ, had some very bright scientists and technologists as well as a robust and patented approach to PQO but…

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Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Beta Watch

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Beta Watch

Just in case you’re waiting for Beta 1 of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, since it was listed on the official release schedule for March 8, 2018: March 8th Beta 1 Freeze (for opt-in flavors; Monday), Beta 1 (for opt-in flavours) The official Ubuntu page  “BionicBeaver/ReleaseSchedule” states the release schedule was “last edited 2018-01-02 14:08:04 by tsimonq2”…

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HMS Project of the Day: Clapping for a new iMac

HMS Project of the Day: Clapping for a new iMac

Today’s project is for a high-end photographer that’s moving a lot of data. We’re replacing a pair of older iMacs with an updated 27″ iMac version  (https://amzn.to/2Jx9mhB) that has a Retina display (5K) and a 4.2GHz quad-core Intel Core 7th-gen i7 CPU and 8GB of RAM. Due to the amount of content stored on DropBox and…

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HMS Project of the Day: Awakened to Routing Thoughts

HMS Project of the Day: Awakened to Routing Thoughts

Now that we’re back from London’s Streaming Forum 2018, and the jetlag has dissipated somewhat, it’s time to work on a project. This one involves updating a router and setting up a TriCaster for a not-for-profit called Awakened to Grace. For this project, we’re trying out a new router, which happens to be on sale…

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Introducing HMS POD (Project of the Day)

Introducing HMS POD (Project of the Day)

Over the course of our day-to-day work, in between on-the-ground assistance to NGOs at home and abroad, we offer consulting services. During those consults for real-world problems, we often come across products and services that solve a specific problem. Since some of these products and services might be of interest to HelpMe! Stream blog readers,…

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HelpMe! Stream exists

HelpMe! Stream exists

As of December 31, 2017, the Help Me Stream Corporation has successfully filed for incorporation in the state of Tennessee. There are a few steps ahead in obtaining our not-for-profit status, as HelpMe! Stream forges ahead with our two-pronged mission of helping the streaming media industry give back to those in need (via key projects with…

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H3LL0.W0RLD

H3LL0.W0RLD

Welcome to the HelpMe! Stream organization’s inaugural post. On the cusp of 2018, which marks the 20th anniversary of the dawn of streaming media, the HelpMe! Stream team is setting forward with an audacious goal: help innovative streaming technology firms assist NGOs in developing countries to serve the underserved. Join us in the journey!