So you want to add video to your site or make better use of your existing video assets. But where do you even start? On this panel, we let the platform providers duke it out for your attention. We’ll talk about formats, mobile, plug-ins, and business models. Oh, and what does this all cost? We’ll also discuss more generally the state of the video publishing market and the outlook for what’s next.
Liz Gannes has been a Silicon Valley-based business technology reporter covering web startups for more than four years. She founded NewTeeVee in 2006 and has lead the NewTeeVee team in creating the premier publication for news and analysis in the online video world. She still contributes to GigaOM.com on more general web-related topics. Prior to GigaOM, Gannes was a reporter for Red Herring. She graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in linguistics.
As Senior Product Manager for Flash Media Server Solutions in the Dynamic Media Organization at Adobe, Laurel Reitman drives the strategy and direction for Adobe Flash Media Rights Management Server which provides content protection of Adobe Flash technology including FLV and F4V audio and video files that are downloaded and played locally. In addition, Laurel is responsible for Adobe Flash Media Encoder which enables users to encode live video to stream through the Flash Media Server.
Prior to joining the Dynamic Media Organization, Reitman was Senior Product Manager for Adobe’s Platform Technologies working across Flash Player, Flex, Adobe AIR, and Adobe Reader. In this role, she helped drive cross business unit initiatives and drive alignment on key strategic areas within Adobe.
Prior to joining Adobe, Laurel worked at Microsoft as a Lead Program Manager working on web technologies, building applications and platforms.
Reitman holds a BS from Yale University in Electrical Engineering.
Alex Zambelli has been closely involved with digital media technology development at Microsoft for over 6 years. He tested and developed software on product teams that delivered Windows Media Player 9, Windows Media Player 10 Mobile and VC-1 codecs before finally putting his hands-on experience to use as a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft VC-1 Encoder. Zambelli was instrumental in ensuring VC-1 codec’s continued adoption and success in the streaming media industry. He is currently working as a Technical Evangelist for Silverlight, focusing on Silverlight media strategies and consulting on key Silverlight partner deployments such as NBC Olympics 2008 and Akamai SmoothHD.
Sree Kotay is Chief Software Architect for Comcast and Executive Vice President, Technology Design and Development. In this role, Sree works across the enterprise to align the company’s overall technical execution strategy for software services. Additionally, Sree is responsible for the engineering and operations of consumer products, including next-generation application and video platforms, mobile development, online consumer portals, EPG software and consumer premises hardware. Sree joined Comcast in 2007. Prior to that, he served as AOL’s SVP of Technology. There he led desktop client software, Mail services, AIM engineering, Publishing Technologies, Search Engineering, and Platform Technologies and was responsible for increasing technology and product stability, reducing costs, and enabling the deployment of AOL products and content on the Web at large. Prior to AOL, Sree was one of the founders, and CTO, for Viewpoint Corporation, a public software company focusing on rich media advertising and advanced 2D/3D, and motion graphics technology development and licensing. Earlier in his career, he worked as Director of R&D for Metacreations/HSC Software, a “pro-sumer” digital arts tools software firm, and was the President and founder of Intrepid Systems, a high-end printing and publishing solutions company.
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