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Amazon Elastic Transcoder: Review

Amazon Elastic Transcoder: Review | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

For broadcasters and high-volume producers, Amazon's Elastic Transcoder has too many limitations. For everyone else, it's an appealing, if flawed, solution.


Amazon’s Elastic Transcoder is a service that can encode files living in the Amazon cloud for delivery into the Amazon cloud. In this overview, I’ll walk you through the workflow for using the service and discuss the service’s performance, quality, and pricing. Just to set expectations, this isn’t a full out, “bang it till it breaks” competitive review as much as a “Here’s how it works, and by the way we compared some aspects to other services and here’s what we found.”

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Announcing PlayReady as a service and AES dynamic encryption with Azure Media Services

Announcing PlayReady as a service and AES dynamic encryption with Azure Media Services | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Now Azure Media Services allow you to deliver Http-Live-Streaming (HLS) and Smooth Streams encrypted with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) (using 128-bit encryption keys). Media Services also provides the key delivery service that delivers encryption keys to authorized users. 


Azure Media Services also provides a Microsoft PlayReady license delivery service. PlayReady is a full-featured content access protection technology developed my Microsoft that uses Digital Rights Management (DRM). It protects a content media stream during playback by using a license server that provides the decryption key needed to decrypt the media stream. 

Firstly, you need to pre-encrypt Smooth Streaming file with PlayReady License, by providing us License Acquisition URL, Key ID and Content Key. You could follow this MSDN article to use Azure Media Encryptor to encrypt the Smooth Streaming file. As a output, you could further package the encrypted Smooth Streaming into HLS and DASH (See how here). You could also define how the license could be authorized to your user. Similar to AES dynamic encryption, we enable Token/IP/Open authentication service.


Which platform/devices that PlayReady SDK covers?

Azure Media Services can be used to encode, download, or stream Smooth Streaming or MPEG DASH content encrypted with PlayReady. For consuming PlayReady encrypted content, client SDKsand the PlayReady Porting Kit are available under commercial licensing terms. (PlayReady clients for Windows 8.1 Store Apps can be built using the free SDK located HERE). These client-side SDKs are not part of this preview.


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Adobe Partners With Microsoft’s Azure To Power NBC’s Sochi Olympics Video Streaming

Adobe Partners With Microsoft’s Azure To Power NBC’s Sochi Olympics Video Streaming | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

NBC caught a lot of flak for its live video streams during the London Olympics, but for Sochi, the network promises to stream every event live. Just like during the London Olympics, NBC’s partner for making these streams possible (and authenticating cable subscribers) is Adobe – and Adobe itself is partnering with Microsoft to power the streams.


Adobe’s Primetime platform will power the video delivery and video ads on the NBC Sports website and the NBC Sports Live Extra App for iOS and Android. All events will be available live and on demand.


In the back-end, Adobe will use Microsoft’s Windows Azure Media Services to power all of the encoding and streaming. This partnership, Helfand said, will continue even after the Olympics. As the broadcasters move from experimentation to going live with their online video streams for big events, he argues, they also need to ensure that the streams live up to their audience’s exceptions.

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Nitin Narang's comment, February 6, 8:21 AM
WAMS comes to power.. has the support being extended for live events... ?
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Sure
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Client Ecosystem for Windows Azure Media Services

Client Ecosystem for Windows Azure Media Services | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

This blog gives an overview of what kind of client support Microsoft offers as part of Windows Azure media Services. On one side, you could create, manage, package and deliver media asset through Windows Azure media services. Many popular streaming formats are supported, such as Smooth Streaming, Http Llive Streaming and MPEG-dash. On the other hand, we provide various SDKs and frameworks for you to consume media asset by building rich media applications rapidly on many platforms, such as PC, XBox, mobile and etc.

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Behind the Scenes With Windows Azure Media Services: Case Study

Behind the Scenes With Windows Azure Media Services: Case Study | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Cloud-based streaming and production services can be a boon to any large broadcaster, providing scale, power, and features inaccessible from on-premises facilities with minimal capital expenditure (CAPEX) and maintenance expenditures. Microsoft’s IIS Media Services, long a staple in on-premises servers of many broadcasters and large enterprises, has migrated to the cloud and is now available as Windows Azure Media Services. In this article, I’ll discuss the features of the service, how it was proven during the 2012 London Olympics, and the benefits achieved by two early adopters, NBCUniversal and the European Tour (a golf event).

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Scalable Media Processing - AWS re: Invent 2012

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A good way to remind that processing on AWS doesn't equal automatic MPAA certification if you don't leverage security features provided on the infrastructure level. 

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Applications of the world’s first ACR based subtitling

Applications of the world’s first ACR based subtitling | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
World’s first subtitling technology that uses “Automatic Contents Recognition” to Identify, Sync and Service your subtitles or captions - efficiently and effectively... To any device, in any workflow.
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Interesting approach...

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Jinil KO's comment, April 12, 2013 11:44 AM
Most advanced technology on subtitle / captioning I think : ) with ACR!
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Cloud transcoding rages at NAB

Cloud transcoding rages at NAB | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

There is also the performance element in that state-of-the-art cloud transcoding platforms can be best for live streaming where latency must be kept to a minimum. Elemental Technologies, exhibiting at NAB, has scored heavily with leading broadcasters by touting high transcoding performance based on massively parallel processing within the cloud. By using clusters of off the shelf graphical processing units, Elemental keeps costs down while being able to boast that it can transcode both SD and HD content “faster than real time”, which is not quite as magic as it sounds. It merely means that transcoding is not on the critical time path and is executed more quickly than some of the other functions involved in end to end content delivery. Transcoding then does not add to the latency budget.

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NAB news from Elemental, Zencoder, Haivision & Media Excel.

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EBU BroadThinking 2013 - the state of the art rendezvous for OTT and Hybrid TV // DAY 1 REPORT

EBU BroadThinking 2013 - the state of the art rendezvous for OTT and Hybrid TV // DAY 1 REPORT | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Geneva in late March doesn’t feel as wild as a Las Vegas boulevard, but still there was a reasonable amount of gaming excitement at the EBU headquarters, where several events were following each other, beginning with a DASH Interoperability Forum meeting which was closely followed by the BroadThinking event, where industry actors and broadcasters come to show off their latest implementations advances and/or share the results of their real-life deployments or research studies. A good way of managing the transition between TV Connect and NAB…

 

Where Broadcast meets Broadband : that’s the promise of the EBU’s hybrid event which flies between industry competition, standardization efforts and broadcasters’ realpolitik – all wrapped in a warm and funny ambiance provided by the various speakers and the EBU team gently lead by Bram Tullemans whom I’d like to thanks personnally here for the presentation invitation (kudos also to Filka, Peter and Eoghan for the organization!). Actually the 2013 edition was a major success because it allowed the participants to get a rather good idea of the general trends of the industry, and at the same time to go deep in technology when needed, while having opportunities to discover edge tech demos on the lobby attending the conference room.

 

It’s virtually impossible to render a complete report of everything that has been said or shown there during two days by so many quality speakers (including OnlineVideoFrenchSquad group distinguished members Lionel Bringuier [Elemental Technologies], Martin Boronski [M6 Web], Thierry Fautier [Harmonic] and Nicolas Weil[Challenge2Media] – Les 4 Mousquetaires /poke @sfaure  ), but I’ll nevertheless try to provide you here a selection of relevant informations that will help you grasp the trends and prepare the upcoming tradeshows efficiently…

 

So let’s start with DAY 1 recap !

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You will find much details about my EBU presentation inside the blog post. Have a good reading !

 

DAY 2 report is here : http://goo.gl/p5NiF

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Zencoder Offers API for Live Cloud Video Transcoding

Zencoder Offers API for Live Cloud Video Transcoding | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

In one of the first significant pre-NAB announcements, cloud encoding companyZencoder is releasing the Zencoder Live Cloud Transcoding service, an open API that offers simple and scalable encoding for live video.

 

Using the API, publishers upload an RTMP stream from a lightweight encoder on a laptop. Once uploaded, Zencoder creates adaptive bitrate HLS and RTMP streams for viewers.

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Might be interesting to test - maybe more similar offers to come during NAB...

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Harmonic Enters the Cloud-Based Video Transcoding Market

Harmonic Enters the Cloud-Based Video Transcoding Market | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Video infrastructure company Harmonic launched a major new product today, ProMedia Carbon MP, a professional cloud-based transcoding service available from the Amazon Web Services Marketplace.

 

Harmonic is targeting a range of professional users with this release, including media professionals with only occasional transcoding needs, content owners and service providers that need a hand with occasional transcoding spikes, and service providers that want to create cloud-based transcoding farms.

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Isabelle Bourekeb's curator insight, March 20, 2013 2:23 PM

Voilà du pro ... à suivre avec attention 

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A Buyers' Guide to Cloud Video Services

A Buyers' Guide to Cloud Video Services | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Cloud services are perfectly suited for processor-intensive jobs, although bandwidth constraints can present a challenge. Discover 12 cloud video specialists that can save companies time and money.

 

Hype frequently exceeds reality when it comes to new technologies, and cloud computing is no exception. Media enterprises recognise the key benefits of the cloud as an opportunity to replace up-front capital infrastructure expenses with low variable costs that scale with a project. They know that with the cloud, they no longer need to plan for and procure servers and other IT infrastructure weeks or months in advance. Producers of broadcast TV programming, B2B, or live events streamers can spin up hundreds or thousands of servers in minutes-and scale them down after use.

 

Yet while media companies have begun outsourcing their back office functions to the cloud, it's been a slower evolution to transition production and digital assets. There are concerns about the privacy and security of premium and exclusive content on servers owned by a third party.

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Media companies warming to cloud transcoding

Media companies warming to cloud transcoding | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

One company that is pioneering cloud transcoding is Elemental Technologies. In September it introduced its Elemental Cloud, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) that utilizes the hardware capacity of Amazon Web Services (AWS) to give video providers the chance to expand capacity or enhance their disaster recovery options. Several media companies have tested the solution and the first (unnamed) customers signed up late last year. “They are all extremely well known in the media industry and they are global in scope,” is all the vendor can say at this point.

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Cloud video processing takes centre stage at NAB 2014

Cloud video processing takes centre stage at NAB 2014 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

When it comes to video processing, the biggest story from NAB Show, and indeed the spring trade show season generally, was not the continued progress in HEVC or UHD. Though very important, these were largely anticipated. It was instead the growing interest in the virtualization of video processing, whether that is using on-premise or cloud-hosted compute resources. Most of the major compression vendors made significant announcements to outline their virtualization capabilities.

Ericsson unveiled its Ericsson Virtualized Encoding, a unified software solution that can be implemented on processing platforms containing a combination of dedicated programmable hardware, like Ericsson’s video processing chip, in customer premises, and software or GPU-based servers that are on premise or potentially deployed in the cloud. Using a software abstraction layer, the solution is completely task and service-oriented, intelligently allocating encoding resources regardless of where they are, based on the task in hand and on operator priorities such as deployment speed, video quality and output.

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Windows Azure Media Services Building Awesome: The server that streamed the Olympics

Windows Azure Media Services Building Awesome: The server that streamed the Olympics | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

For the last two years, I have been working to extend the capabilities to of the Origin Server for Window Azure Media Services. In January of 2013, Windows Azure Media Services (WAMS) became generally available as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) on Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. Just over a year later, it would stream the largest live sporting event in history – millions of concurrent users and over 10,000 hours of unique content over the 16-day Sochi Winter Olympic Games. This article describes the capabilities of Microsoft’s origin server, as well as the evolution of the product in the last two years to meet today’s demanding streaming media space.

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Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, March 27, 6:58 AM

90% of internet bandwith will be consumed by video said Cisco...

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BBC Talks Resilient Cloud-Based Broadcast System

BBC Talks Resilient Cloud-Based Broadcast System | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

At Streaming Media West, BBC senior technical architect Stephen Godwin gave an in-depth look at the broadcaster's new Video Factory workflow.


With the popularity of iPlayer, the BBC found itself facing a challenge of creating a new and better ingest and transcoding workflow system. The new system is called Video Factory.

 

“Video Factory is designed to be scalable from the ground up, and to use the cloud,” said Godwin.

 

“We wanted something that would scale,” said Godwin. “The system we were replacing was 4-5 years old, and a hardware solution, and we didn’t plan for it to support smartphones. On the old system, we started running into limits, including storage limits.”

 

”When we designed the new system, we wanted a system that would scale in capability and price,” said Godwin. “The old system has some single-points-of-failure. We wanted to move to a model where we had the resiliency of the broadcast chain.”

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Integrating DLNA with the CDN to optimize whole home TV

Integrating DLNA with the CDN to optimize whole home TV | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

ACCESS has been presenting a vision of how Pay TV operators can start to marry their broadcast/VOD infrastructure with multiscreen/OTT delivery infrastructure and treat them as a shared resource to optimize the delivery of content to multiple devices around the home, including televisions. It uses its Netfront Living Connect DLNA stack and client software to provide a central view of what each device is capable of and what is currently happening on that device to then manage whole-home resources.

 

Content can be distributed using the new DLNA Commercial Video Profile-2 (CVP-2), which was developed with the cooperation of service providers to enable more secure playback of their content across multiscreen devices. It also gives them more control over the user interface on different devices. CVP-2 leverages HTML5 Remote User Interfaces (RUIs) and HTTP Adaptive Delivery and Authentication on top of the DTCP-IP-based link layer protection, which was already available. ACCESS is actually demonstrating NetFront Living Connect with CVP-2 at the DLNA Members meeting in Hawaii today (Thursday October 10).

 

In this new architecture, DLNA acts as an abstraction layer. Not only does it provide a unified view of activity across diverse devices, it also means platform operators can avoid writing native apps for each DLNA-enabled device. You still need a software client to reach them but not the unique applications development work. “DLNA is a way to overcome device fragmentation,” says Larbey at Alcatel-Lucent.

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Netflix’s Transcoding Transformation - AWS re: Invent 2012

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Interesting walkthrough and insights on their roadmap.

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Addressing Security in Media Workflows - AWS re: Invent 2012

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Nothing is too much to get the MPAA certification. A must-read.

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Telestream Unveils Cloud Encoding and HEVC Support at NAB

Telestream Unveils Cloud Encoding and HEVC Support at NAB | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Encoding specialist Telestream couldn't contain itself to just one piece of news for this week's NAB conference. On Friday, it announced that Vantage, it's video transcoding and workflow solution, is going to the cloud. A new product, Vantage Cloud, runs on a cloud-based infrastructure, and connects with local workflows. That gives customers the flexibility to turn to Telestream's cloud encoder when they have a temporary spike in processing needs, or when they need outside help working with new regulations or formats. Combining local and cloud solutions, Telestream says, creates a unified hybrid workflow where users can get jobs done quickly without large investments in hardware. Telestream is partnering with Amazon Web Services (AWS) on the cloud solution.

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EBU BroadThinking 2013 - the state of the art rendezvous for OTT and Hybrid TV // DAY 2 & DEMOS Report

EBU BroadThinking 2013 - the state of the art rendezvous for OTT and Hybrid TV // DAY 2 & DEMOS Report | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Nothing was more welcome after day 1 of EBU BroadThinking 2013 than a good night of sleep, in order to reset the tech hype counters and make some mental room for two new sessions on broadcasters’ CDNs and the latest advances of hybrid platforms. What would be the best broadcasters’ CDN architectures today, what would be their smartest (green) evolutions, would CDN-Federation standards finally bring interop reality over hopes, what would be the most advanced deployments and future of HbbTV, how it compares with YouView in the UK : day 2 agenda was looking quite attractive – and indeed the presentations were packed with valuable informations and experience feedbacks.

 

So here is the recap of the most interesting DAY 2 presentations and a short report on some insightful demos that were playing on the EBU floor right to the conference.

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Final part of the report : have a good reading & don't forget to attend the event next year !

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Netflix: System Architectures for Personalization and Recommendation

Netflix: System Architectures for Personalization and Recommendation | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

In our previous posts about Netflix personalization, we highlighted the importance of using both data and algorithms to create the best possible experience for Netflix members. We also talked about the importance of enriching the interaction and engaging the user with the recommendation system. Today we're exploring another important piece of the puzzle: how to create a software architecture that can deliver this experience and support rapid innovation. Coming up with a software architecture that handles large volumes of existing data, is responsive to user interactions, and makes it easy to experiment with new recommendation approaches is not a trivial task. In this post we will describe how we address some of these challenges at Netflix.

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A major contribution in the OTT architecture information pool.

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Media Excel and Vidmind partner to provide Cloud TV service [PR]

Media Excel and Vidmind partner to provide Cloud TV service [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Vidmind, a pioneering End-to-end Cloud TV technology provider for operators, broadcasters and retailers, announced today its partnership with Media Excel, an innovator of adaptive bitrate, multi-device transcoding for multiscreen video delivery.

 

Media Excel was chosen by Vidmind not only because of its powerful transcoding solution which produces superior quality video in multiple formats but also because of the adaptability of the Media Excel platform. Media Excel’s HERO product can be operated as a local service or on a Cloud service. This allows Vidmind to run the encoding process at the customer’s headend but manage all services through the Cloud.

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Interesting alliance of a new OTT platform supplier and an under-the-radar transcoding company with valuable product range.

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Netflix Chief Product Officer: expect 4K streaming within a year or two

Netflix Chief Product Officer: expect 4K streaming within a year or two | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Neil Hunt is likely the most important Netflix executive that nobody's ever heard of. While everyone in tech media knows CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, Hunt's kept a low profile despite the pivotal position he holds as the company's chief product officer. Hunt looks after the video service's technology, including the streaming platform, as well as the tech behind the new feature announced yesterday, which will enable subscribers to share what they watch with their Facebook friends.

 

Hunt also oversees the unprecedented amount of user data that Netflix sits on. The data helps his team create the algorithms that support Netflix's recommendation features. At a time when the cost of licensing content is spiking, Hunt said in an exclusive interview withThe Verge that these recommendations help Netflix and its subscribers get the most out of Netflix's video library by suggesting titles that customers are more likely to enjoy. Hunt also talked about those nasty holiday site outages, why Hollywood and Web movie distributors need better supply-chain technology, and why he thinks the film industry places too much emphasis on pixel counts when the sweet spot for improving viewing quality is higher frame rates.

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Windows Azure Media Services OR Intel & Microsoft going together in the consumer space (again)?

Windows Azure Media Services OR Intel & Microsoft going together in the consumer space (again)? | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

With Intel Media: 10-20 year leap in television this year [Feb 16, 2013] and Microsoft entertainment as an affordable premium offering to be built on the basis of the Xbox console and Xbox LIVE services [Feb 13, 2013] this is a highly probable assumption.

 
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