Color transformation and compositing can be securely performed by the hardware. This is different with H.264 decoding, since it opens room for driver vulnerabilities. As a result, H.264 Video decode is not available for DRM-protected content on the desktop.
Some benefits of the Primetime Media Player include:
- High-quality Multiple Bit Rate (MBR) video playback support. - HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) support on iOS and Android. - HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) support on desktop and Android. - Content Protection and Business Policy Enforcement through Adobe Access : Full DRM and Protected Streaming with selectable output control and key rotation for linear, live and on-demand video.
The Primetime Media Player also offers fully compliant Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) features:
- Render in-stream closed captioning with built-in support for user-based rendering overrides - Native support for multiple audio tracks
Following up on the recent announcement that Adobe worked with NBC to provide live streaming for U.S. sports fans, Adobe has announced a similar cooperation with the BBC.
Adobe has developed several products to track these moving targets, and the BBC and NBC are using their latest platform, dubbed Project Primetime. This integrated platform includes Adobe Media Server (AMS), Adobe Access DRM, the Auditude video ad platform and Site Catalyst analytics.
The BBC’s requirement for games coverage was to simultaneously stream to smartphones, tablets and connected TVs with support for Windows, Mac OS, iOS and Android, as well as the TVs. The BBC also wanted to easily create highlight packages for on-demand viewing. The BBC will be using parts of the Primetime platform, not having the need to serve ads. The challenge was to create an efficient publishing platform for the relatively short timescale of the Games. They need to easily create highlights on the fly to deliver to their content management system (CMS). Adobe supplied the Primetime Highlights Server SDK to facilitate this process
At The Cable Show, Adobe introduces Adobe Media Server 5 (formerly Flash Media Server) and Adobe Access 4. Both include support for native Apple iOS apps.
Adobe chose The Cable Show, currently underway in Boston, Massachusetts, as the setting to make three significant announcements. First, it's adding a component to Project Primetime for seamless ad integration. Announced in late February of this year, Project Primetime is a platform that lets media companies stream video to a landscape of devices, and includes content protection, ad insertion, and analytics. The new component, Primetime Simulcast, lets media companies replace broadcast ads with ads sold for the online market.
Adobe Access 3.0 is a digital rights management platform that makes it possible to protect and securely deliver video and audio content for playback on consumer devices such as personal computers, mobile and connected TV devices. Adobe Access provides a range of monetization capabilities, while protecting video and audio content from unauthorized copying and playback.
The popularity of mobile devices is pushing most of online video projects to adapt their services to mobile applications (e.g., tablets or smart phones). In the context of many online video services needing video content protection (for example, to offer content libraries from the major Western movie studios), implementing of DRM features in a mobile video player is becoming a critical task. As always, you have a set of solutions and platforms to choose from. Recently, we wrote of DRM features in iOS. Now, it’s high time to talk about Android DRM.
"As we had anticipated, Flash Access will now be supported on mobile devices, including a number Android tablets and smartphones as well as other devices such as RIM’s Playbook device. While the commercial availability of the client runtimes will need to wait until the upcoming release of Flash Player 11 and AIR 3, we have been in prerelease for a while and working closely with a number of customers on this. With the immediate availability of Flash Access 3.0, customers can begin deployment and be ready by the time the clients ship later this year."
"With Flash Access 3.0 and the upcoming Flash runtimes, it will be possible to offer a full UltraViolet experience, including support for centralized device domains and playback of content in the UVVU Common File Format, on the vast number of devices that support our platform, while also offering premium features such as rich interactivity."
At NAB, taking place in Las Vegas April 8-11, Envivio will introduce new products and showcase new developments in next-generation software-based video processing that optimize the convergence of traditional TV and multi-screen services :
- An Ultra HD 4K technology demonstration - HEVC HDTV video compression, enabling up to 50 percent bit-rate savings while preserving video quality - HEVC video streamed to a tablet in MPEG-DASH format - TV Anytime capabilities including applications such as Catch-up and Start-over TV, highlights creation, ad insertion and nPVR - Introduction of a new product that further personalizes the multi-screen user experience - High efficiency MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) statistical multiplexing - Envivio True Motion Experience, a new technology for high-quality streaming in MPEG-4 AVC format to connected TVs - Video packaged by Envivio Halo(TM) network media processor in the Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) format, protected by Adobe Access
DENIVIP Media has been creating video platforms since 2008 (usually in conjunction with services, portals and applications). Over the 4 years of developing ad-hoc video platforms for different projects, we have accumulated a decent expertise and information on many hindrances that are almost inevitable in video projects. In this post, I would like to brief you on how we design video platforms and what drivers have to be taken into account when creating a new or upgrading an old video platform. Also, I would like to note major forthcoming trends in the development of video platforms foreeable for the near future.
Adobe Media Server 5.0.1 brings to you – Closed Captioning compliance, DRM protection for millions of iOS Devices and Playback Support for Multiple Language Audio Tracks.
Adobe Media Server 5.0.1 comes bundled with Adobe Media Gateway – a powerful technology to connect SIP telephony devices to flash based applications.
Closed Captioning :
Adobe Media Server supports CEA-608 (also called Line 21) and CEA -708 closed captions in video files containing H264 video codecs. This plays in HLS, HDS and RTMP Streaming protocols. Additionally, the timed text track defined by Apple for Quicktime movie files is also supported. Adobe Media Server 5.0.1 also provides support to embed your content programmatically while encoding the content via an AMF message. This works for RTMP and HDS techniques.
Support for Multi Language tracks :
Adobe Media Server 5.0.1 has support for including multiple language tracks for HTTP video streams, without requiring duplication and repackaging of the video for each audio track. This feature, called as “late” binding of audio tracks allow content providers to easily provide multiple language tracks for a given video asset, at any time before or after the asset’s initial packaging. The OSMF framework based Strobe Media player provides support for allowing the viewers to switch between audio tracks either before or during playback.
Content Protection for HLS Streams :
Adobe Media Server offers both stream and content protection across HLS, HDS and RTMP protocols. It also enables DRM protection using the Adobe Access DRM license server. Now, Adobe Media Server can dynamically segment, encrypt, and deliver standard MP4 assets using the HLS format with Adobe Access DRM policies on native Apple iOS applications (using the Adobe Access Objective-C library for iOS).
HTTP Live Streaming (HTTP LS) is a protocol strongly recommended and actively promoted by Apple as the best solution for online video delivery to mobile devices. But neither the protocol itself, nor its tools offered by the iOS API, implement a full-fledged DRM support. The new version of Adobe Access 4.0 adds this missing functionality to the iOS-devices.
One of the most compelling factors of a satisfying a rich user experience is the initial performance when entering a use-case. For the video delivery ecosystem, this is most often quantified with the metric: "How long do I wait to see the video after I hit PLAY?" A rapid start-up is the bar that we, as developers, strive to attain. Long waits result in a poor experience and unhappy customers; even-longer waits result in lost customers and revenue.
The primary use of Adobe Access technology is in Digital Rights Management (DRM) for premium video content. In addition, the Adobe Pass solution, key to the TV-Everywhere initiative, leverages Adobe Access technology, and can utilize most of the optimizations described in this paper.
While crawling through FAXS 3.0 overview document, you will discover a fresh and interesting use case on page 12 :
UltraViolet is a digital rights authentication and cloud-based distribution system that can enable consumers of digital home entertainment content to stream and download purchased content through multiple platforms and devices. UltraViolet content will be downloaded (or streamed) in a Common File Format, (CFF) using Common Encryption (CENC).
New version of Flash Media Server offers expanded, dynamic protocol support, including HTTP Live Streaming to iDevices, as well as DRM enhancements.
FMS 4.5's primary intent is to leave the heavy lifting of choosing which protocol to deliver in (RTMP, HTTP Dynamic Streaming, HLS, etc) to the server. FMS 4.5 can generate real-time repackaging of an mp4 file for both HTTP Dynamic Streaming and HLS, including automated segmentation of mp4 files into the specific fragmented mp4 (fMP4) segmentation required by various Android, iOS and other mobile devices.
In addition to single stream repackaging, FMS 4.5 will also automatically create multiple bitrate segmentations, for adaptive streaming, as well as manifest files in Apple's m3u8 format. Instead of the previous manual process of rewrapping, segmentation creation, and manifest files, FMS 4.5 promises the ability to automate these basic processes.
With a nod to digital rights management, FMS 4.5 will also include DRM based on the Flash Access DRM scheme. Rather than requiring a broadcaster to buy a full-blown Flash Access 3.0 server, however, there will be a limited version of Flash Access baked into FMS 4.5 to cover RMTPe (encrypted) and segment-level DRM (a key feature of fMP4, which separates the header information from each fragment). Adobe claims it is also enhancing DRM to cover iOS devices to a limited degree--a claim we'll explore when we get a chance to review Flash Access 3.0 and FMS 4.5 , as HLS is based on MPEG-2 Transport Stream, which has no inherent capacity for DRM within each packet.
RTMFP will be available on the FMIS, a change from Adobe's previous scenario of only allowing RTMFP on the Enterprise Server version.