Guide to becoming a media server professional – Part 2: The tech

By David Aleksandersen 12. October 2019

Are you thinking about becoming a professional media server operator or user, but aren't sure which skills you need? I asked this as an open question to a Facebook group of Media Server Professionals, and the response was overwhelming. This is the second in a series of blogs inspired by their valuable recommendations on traits, tools, media server approach, content and technologies to know, with my own experience thrown into the pot, too. Keep an eye out for a full-blown eBook on the subject later on!

“Dear fellow Media Server Professionals, I am writing an article about things you should know or learn as a fresh media server operator. Like a small best-practice guide, both on soft skills and hardware to know.  

I would highly appreciate your input on this. What would an experienced professional like yourself say to a newbie?”

This second blog looks at media server philosophy and hones in on audio and video. Let's get going… 

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Temaer: audio, tools, video pro, networking, mediaserver, professional

Common audio formats: Which one to use?

By David Aleksandersen 28. February 2019

Audio comes in a wide range of formats and types, just like video and images. For a media server operator, knowing your way around the audio jungle is a real plus, potentially saving you time, effort and some sleepless nights. This blog looks at the three major audio categories, and gives media server programmers a hot tip on audio format!

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Temaer: audio, audio interface, audience engagement, mediaserver, wav, lossless, lossy

Is this a codec (or a container) which I see before me? 

By David Aleksandersen 4. April 2018

Are you finding containers and codecs and the difference between them a tad challenging? You are not the only one! 

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Temaer: audio, standards, video, codec, container, format

Think audio and your audience will thank you

By Nevil Bounds 7. March 2018

For some people it’s the main feature, for others it’s an afterthought. Industry-veteran Nevil Bounds sounds off on audio.

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Temaer: audio, audience engagement, acoustics

What is ASIO, and how can it improve media server audio playback?

By David Aleksandersen 11. December 2017

ASIO (Audio Stream Input Output), is a proprietary multi-channel audio interface, developed by Steinberg, which bypasses the operating system's mixing kernel to provide the lowest latency direct communication between the media server and the sound hardware. 

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Temaer: steinberg, asio compatible, asio, multi-channel audio, audio, low latency audio, audio interface

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This blog is created by Dataton, and is about multi-display software and surrounding technologies, media servers, content creation - basically anything within the AV industry that serves to enrich the audience experience! Since the 90´s, Dataton has published News & Views, with content reflecting the world of multimedia communication. 

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