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What Open Source tools are available to media professionals? Upcoming EBU special media sessions: July 10-11

The EBU Media, Radio & Television sessions (10-11 July) during the LSM will show EBU Members' and other media professionals' Open Source authoring, recording, ingest, editing, management, storage, encoding, play-out, streaming, broadcast transmission and user devices software projects, how they are used in practice and what its features/limitations are. Colleagues from EBU Members and from the industry will share their experiences and outlook for the future. Live demonstrations of the tools will be available too, including a completely open radio transmission platform. A series of workshops will provide a deeper insight into selected tools.

 

SEE EVENT PAGE : http://tech.ebu.ch/Jahia/site/tech/cache/offonce/events/opensource2012

 

READ MY RELATED BLOG POST "DIY BROADCAST : How to build your own TV Channel with Open-Source & other goodies" : http://blog.eltrovemo.com/364/diy-broadcast-how-to-build-your-own-tv-channel-with-open-source-other-goodies/

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New release of VidiGo Graphics provides support Adobe AIR : HTML5 for Broadcast Graphics [PR]

New release of VidiGo Graphics provides support Adobe AIR : HTML5 for Broadcast Graphics [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Three years ago we introduced our VidiGo Graphics product line as a viable means to create graphics for broadcast with Adobe Flash. Today we introduce the next generation of VidiGo Graphics, taking the full potential of the latest 3D capabilities of Flash and include full support for the Adobe AIR platform. Adobe AIR paves the way to graphics development needs for today and the future. In addition to Flash (Action script and SWF), web technologies like HTML5 allow for even greater choice of development environments to take the most creative and real-time connected graphics to air in no time. Use any device (PC, Mac, IOS or Android) to take control of your graphics workflow. Other than on the web, in broadcast there is a need for a high frame consistency and smooth playback. This is why we have redesigned our engine to render at the highest quality.

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Wowza Demonstrates New Dynamic Transcoder Overlays at NAB

Wowza Demonstrates New Dynamic Transcoder Overlays at NAB | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

New Dynamic Transcoder Overlays allow customers to use compositing to overlay text, images, motion graphics, and secondary video sources instantly onto streams passing through the Wowza Transcoder AddOn. The feature can be used in many cases, including the dynamic insertion of advertising, titling, sporting event scores, and picture-in-picture video. It also allows single-display viewing of multicamera broadcast and surveillance feeds on any screen. Dynamic Transcode Overlays can be manually configured or pre-programmed based on external events, making this a powerful new tool for adding premium TV-like experiences at commodity prices.

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Graphics & Editing -- NAB Show 2012

Graphics & Editing -- NAB Show 2012 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

HD is so 2010 at the 2012 NAB Show that even conquering new codecs is taking second place to climbing the heights of file sizes 4K and beyond. Almost every NLE system is adding 3D capabilities, and a new entry into the field is bringing stereoscopic post into the budgets of even indie productions.

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Chyron Launches ‘Engage’ Second Screen and Social TV Platform, with partners including never.no

Chyron Launches ‘Engage’ Second Screen and Social TV Platform, with partners including never.no | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Chyron today introduced its new Engage platform designed for integrating second screen, social media, and social TV data into live TV broadcasts.

 

The Engage platform offers easy-to-use producer tools with which users can create interactions in just minutes. Rich call-to-action graphics, info-graphics, and tickers can be generated automatically using social and poll data. Because Engage fits seamlessly into Chyron’s BlueNet graphics workflows, broadcasters can take advantage of social TV and second screen technologies while remaining within their routine production workflows.

 

Chyron’s charter partners for the Engage platform include ConnecTV, with its companion app polling technology; never.no, providing an end-to-end social TV platform for social TV, synchronized companion apps and participation TV; Vibes, with its text, Twitter and Web voting technology; and Mass Relevance, with its curation platform licensed to resyndicate Twitter content and data.

 

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CBC deploys never.no interactivity suite to give viewers a voice during 'Power & Politics’

CBC deploys never.no interactivity suite to give viewers a voice during 'Power & Politics’ | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

never.no has announced that CBC/Radio-Canada, Canada's national public broadcaster, uses never.no's Interactivity Suite (IS) to display Facebook and Twitter comments, conduct real-time polling, and otherwise interact with audience members during its news show "Power & Politics."


The shows' producers use IS in the control room to ingest social media and user-generated content in real-time, moderate that content, and then put it on the air. IS supports many live production systems and protocols, and it gives day-to-day operators a single place in which to view incoming comments and interactions rather than monitor different services and social networks individually. Likewise, operators can control the on-air graphics from within the same interface.

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Meztura webKeyer : overlay HTML5/JS, Flash and Silverlight content on top of HD or SD video signals

Meztura webKeyer : overlay HTML5/JS, Flash and Silverlight content on top of HD or SD video signals | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Meztura webKeyer is a software + hardware solution that makes it possible to overlay HTML5/Javascript, Flash and Silverlight content on top of High Definition or Standard Definition video signals.


In other words, the system is able to overlay on top of On-air video any Web page or Web application respecting the transparency values ​​(alpha channel) defined therein.


The rendering engine of the system, based on the WebKit project, ensures speed and compatibility with present and future standards (HTML5, Javascript, WebSockets, ...) as well as Flash and Silverlight.


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VidiGo's Dutch Army Knife of Broadcast Tools

VidiGo's Dutch Army Knife of Broadcast Tools | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

"It all started with graphics," says VidiGo CEO Hans Krouwels. The Amsterdam-headquartered software company was founded with the idea that the production workflow could be simplified without losing quality. It now offers a range of products that cover the complete workflow of a professional TV production.

 

First came VidiGo Graphics, graphics engine for internal mixing of graphics with HD/SD-SDI input. After partnering with Adobe, VidiGo brought Adobe Flash to broadcast: With VidiGo Graphics, stations can use all the tools in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash Professional) and then render the files for on-air consumption in VidiGo Graphics.

 

"We realized we had a huge opportunity," says Krouwels. "We created VidiGo Graphics, based on Adobe Creative Suite, to run on standard PCs, allowing stations to maintain the same quality as high-end systems, at a fraction of the cost and many times the speed and flexibility." Since creating VidiGo Graphics, the company has added VidiGo ToolBox, VidiGo Live, VidiGo Works and VidiGo PlayOut.

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Avid Unveils Dynamic New Graphics Platform Avid Motion Graphics

Avid Unveils Dynamic New Graphics Platform Avid Motion Graphics | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Avid today unveiled Avid Motion Graphics  - the company’s next-generation graphics platform. With a revolutionary new real-time 2D/3D graphics rendering engine, Avid Motion Graphics lets media enterprises—including broadcasters, sports teams, and post production companies—create thrilling graphics and arresting imagery while journalists and others integrate those graphics into their stories.

 

From character generation to full 3D animations, customers can create stunning imagery with a complete next-generation creative toolset, featuring an advanced real-time 2D/3D rendering engine using technology from Brainstorm Multimedia and accelerated by the latest GPU and I/O technology.

 

Additional features include:

- Live-to-air playout

- Templated workflows

- Automated playout

- Data-driven graphics

- Post production extension

- Multi-channel distribution

- Interfaces with graphics tools and formats

- Distributed architecture

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Vidpresso debuts low-cost way to get social TV updates on air

Vidpresso debuts low-cost way to get social TV updates on air | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

A new social TV startup called Vidpresso launched a new product today that enables TV operations to easily display tweets and Facebook updates on the air. While the technology isn’t new, the price may catch the eye of cost-conscious TV stations: the product starts at $400 a month.

 

The interface is very simple. You start by adding social accounts into the system, and the tool displays the latest updates, @ mentions and Facebook comments in an integrated stream. Producers can quickly pick the updates and comments they want and click the “send to air” button.

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NAB wrap-up: Social features creep into TV production gear

NAB wrap-up: Social features creep into TV production gear | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Over a decade ago, Lost Remote was the first blog to cover the National Association of Broadcasters convention — a huge showcase of television technology in Las Vegas — about how the internet was changing the business. This year, we returned to NAB to see how social TV is impacting production, from tech to workflow. Like the late 90s with the internet, it’s still early, but social TV is beginning to make inroads.

 

“There are so many technology providers here, and the interest in social TV is disproportionate to the innovation,” said Sam Decker, CEO of Mass Relevance. “It’s such a small part of all the real estate and discussions that are happening.” But he said he sees the technical crowd beginning to react to demands from producers who want more social functionality in the production process.

 

One of the biggest trends is focused on making it easy for producers to integrate social content on-air. Until now, displaying a tweet or a poll has been extremely labor-intensive (put poll on website, tease website from on-air, refresh poll results, create graphic of results, write them into script, drop it into the rundown.) But new partnerships are automating the entire process, tying it to social curation and the second screen.

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ToolsOnAir and Molden Media Introduce Real-Time Social Media Integration at NAB 2012 [PR]

ToolsOnAir and Molden Media Introduce Real-Time Social Media Integration at NAB 2012 [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

In cooperation with Munich-based Molden Media GmbH, ToolsOnAir will be introducing just:social, the first application of its kind for integrating interactive social media into broadcast and IPTV. Based on ToolsOnAir´s proven real-time graphic engine, just:social provides a comprehensive toolkit of social media integration for video broadcasters.

 

As Molden Media´s Thomas Molden explains, the near-instantaneous nature of social media communication presents its own set of unique challenges for integration into real-time broadcast. "Social media integration will often be used only for a single show or live broadcast event," says Molden. "Traditionally the expense of integration has made it cost prohibitive for all but a few large-budget applications. Our just:social collaboration with ToolsOnAir provides a powerful, yet affordable platform utilizing ToolsOnAir´s proven timeline-based playout technology."

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NeTV - Open Source Hardware HDMI overlaying & video compositing

NeTV - Open Source Hardware HDMI overlaying & video compositing | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

NeTV enables overlaying your web content on existing HDMI video feeds, such as those from a BluRay player or cable box.

 

Inside, it's an Angstrom linux box running Webkit that features chroma-key video compositing. Out of the box, the reference firmware enables the overlay of Facebook and Twitter feeds, and SMSes from Android phones. The UI is written in Javascript/HTML, making it easy and fast to develop your custom application.

 

The system also features a convenient HTTP API which uses POST commands to issue events to the screen and control device behavior.

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Impossible Software Is About To Do Impossible Things With Your Video : dynamic product placement via real-time video editing, HTML5 compliant

Impossible Software Is About To Do Impossible Things With Your Video : dynamic product placement via real-time video editing, HTML5 compliant | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Impossible Software has been building its product for a little while now. Founded 2008, its concentrated on real-time video, especially placing images and video into other videos. What do I mean here? I mean putting products into video that were never there in the first place: product placement. Yes, this has been done before, but I’m going to lay a bet you’ve not seen stuff like this.

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New Harmonic Spectrum ChannelPort integrated channel playout platform includes on-air Flash Graphics templates

New Harmonic Spectrum ChannelPort integrated channel playout platform includes on-air Flash Graphics templates | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Harmonic today announced the release of the ChannelPort integrated channel playout device for Spectrum media server systems. Combining channel branding and master control switching with clip playout on the industry’s most trusted media server platform, the modular ChannelPort enables broadcasters, content owners, and service providers to speed the cost-effective deployment of new television channels through a simple incremental upgrade to their existing Spectrum architecture.

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Support for standard tools such as Adobe Creative Suite ensures compatibility with all standard graphical formats, as well as familiar operation for broadcast graphics designers, who can author on-air templates directly in Adobe Flash Professional. Facilitating the addition of branding elements ranging from simple logos to complex effects and “live” text — and built on Harmonic’s market-leading media server technology — the new ChannelPort device serves as a reliable and functionally complete branded-channel playout solution.


Product page : http://www.omneon.com/products/media-servers/channelport.php

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CasparCG Server 2.0b3 Released with ProRes support and Disk Rendering

CasparCG Server 2.0b3 Released with ProRes support and Disk Rendering | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The new File Consumer can render videos and graphics to disk, in all the formats that FFmpeg supports. Great for transcoding, or for adding subtitling or logos. Or why not use for an automatic lower-third-generator that spits out animated name signs for your NLE editors?


Support for Apple ProRes QuickTime codec, both encoding and decoding.

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Open-source broadcast live graphic server CasparCG Server 2.0 Beta released

Open-source broadcast live graphic server CasparCG Server 2.0 Beta released | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

CasparCG server uses flash templates for the graphic overlays - as Vidigo Graphics does - combined with usual Blackmagic or Bluefish cards.

 

V.2.0b brings lots of new features such as blend modes, image scroller (great for credits and tickers), real-time adjustments of brightness, contrast, saturation and levels of all playing media, plus blurring, deinterlacing and any many other GPU filters.

 

Download and try by yourself ! http://www.casparcg.com/casparcg20b1

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