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Monitoring innovations in post-production, head-end, streaming, OTT, second-screen, UHDTV, multiscreen strategies & tools
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Review: Moscow State University Video Quality Measurement Tool

Review: Moscow State University Video Quality Measurement Tool | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Never heard of it? Learn why we call this video encoding analysis tool invaluable, and a must-have for anyone serious about encoding or compression.

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Witbe unveils Test and Validation solution for Connected TV services at TV Connect [PR]

Witbe unveils Test and Validation solution for Connected TV services at TV Connect [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Witbe, the leading provider of quality management solutions for multimedia services over any network, to any device, will be unveiling a unique solution for connected TVs, during TV Connect inLondonthis month. Witbe’s Test & Validation solution will now enable content providers and application developers to benefit from comprehensive and automated quality testing of new services, prior to their launch on connected TV sets.

 

Witbe’s Test & Validation solutions are already used by some of the world’s largest service providers, application developers and device manufacturers on a comprehensive range of user devices including set-top boxes, iOS/Android apps and computers. As Witbe’s solution for connected TV leverages the same technologies used for testing other platforms, developers and quality assurance engineers can reuse their test scenarios across several terminal types and even test converged services.

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S3 to demonstrate StormTest Development Center possibilities for second-screen apps advanced testing

S3 to demonstrate StormTest Development Center possibilities for second-screen apps advanced testing | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

StormTest Development Center enables programmers and operators to go beyond traditional, standalone second-screen application testing and gives them the opportunity to automate the testing of the synchronization between the primary and secondary screens and any other inter-device interactions to ensure the highest quality of experience for end-users.

 

See product page : http://bit.ly/P2gJgS 

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S3 Group Highlights Second Screen and Connected TV Automated Testing at The Cable Show 2012

S3 Group Highlights Second Screen and Connected TV Automated Testing at The Cable Show 2012 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

S3 Group, a global enabler of the highest quality digital TV Content Delivery Platforms, is demonstrating the importance of second screen and Connected TV automated testing at The Cable Show 2012. The company will showcase how automated testing can make the difference between the successful adoption of new applications and services on connected devices versus a 'try once, turn off' experience.

 

Specifically, attendees will see:

- Connected TV Testing

- Application Validation

- Multi-screen Device Diagnostics

- StormTest Development Center

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S3 Group Becomes the First to Market with Programmable Automated Test Solution for Connected TVs

S3 Group Becomes the First to Market with Programmable Automated Test Solution for Connected TVs | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

S3 Group, a global enabler of the highest quality digital TV Content Delivery Platforms, has become the first company in the world to launch a programmable solution for automating the testing of unmodified Connected TVs. Available immediately as part of S3 Group’s flagship StormTest Development Center, the multi-platform, multi-device automated testing suite, these enhancements enable digital TV operators, broadcasters and vendors to improve the quality of their Connected TV applications and services. As consumers continue to demand and expect support for these popular devices, it is necessary for operators and vendors to ensure their reliability within the Content Delivery Platform ecosystem.

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25 Excellent Post-Production and Video Editing iPhone and iPad Apps

25 Excellent Post-Production and Video Editing iPhone and iPad Apps | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

In this post we’ve rounded up the best post-production and video editing related apps for iPhone and iPad. Speed up your edits, get professional training and track your time…all from your phone!

 

Here are the app zones :

EDITING CONTROLLERS

CALCULATORS

QUICK GUIDES

TRAINING

LOGGING & NOTETAKING

PROJECT MANAGEMENT & TIME TRACKING

PRODUCTION RELATED

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Open Source Column: Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP Toolset

Open Source Column: Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP Toolset | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Our open source tool suite consists of several components. On the client-side we provide libdash and the DASH plugin for the VLC media player (also available on Android). Additionally, our suite also includes a JavaScript-based client that utilizes the HTML5 media source extensions of the Google Chrome browser to enable DASH playback.

 

Furthermore, we provide several server-side tools such as our DASH dataset, consisting of different movie sequences available in different segment lengths as well as bitrates and resolutions. Additionally, we provide a distributed dataset mirrored at different locations across Europe. Our datasets have been encoded using our DASHEncoder, which is a wrapper tool for x264 and MP4Box.

 

Finally, a DASH online MPD validation service and a DASH implementation over CCN completes our open source tool suite.

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Very nice suite of tools. Kudos to all the Alpen-Adria-Universität team !

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Pandora : MPEG2-TS streams Analyzer with HLS and HbbTV support

Pandora : MPEG2-TS streams Analyzer with HLS and HbbTV support | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Vizion'R offers an MPEG2 TS Stream analysis tool which provides unique capabilities for analysis and presentation to inspect in detail the stream at all levels (audio, video, HbbTV, MPEG4-BIFS).

 

Features :

- Automatic reporting functionality (error and quality)
- Compatible with Apple HTTP Streaming

- Advanced decoding content HbbTV, T-DMB/BIFS

 

Technical details here : http://www.vizionr.fr/Booklet_PandoraMPEG2TSAnalyser_en.pdf

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First TNT2.0 HbbTV test suite launched

First TNT2.0 HbbTV test suite launched | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Farncombe and Digital TV Labs have announced the launch of a TNT 2.0 test suite for manufacturers launching connected TV devices based on the latest version of the HbbTV 1.5 standard.

 

As prime contractor, Farncombe has focused on DRM testing, while Digital TV Labs designed the suite of tools to certify HTTP adaptive streaming based on the recently published MPEG-DASH specification. The TNT 2.0 test suites will also enable the validation of Marlin and Microsoft PlayReady DRMs.

 

Farncombe will offer the DRM test suite alongside its popular security audits, allowing connected TV manufacturers’ DRM implementations to be reviewed to ensure compliance with robustness obligations and an objective set of minimum security requirements.

 

Digital TV labs CEO, Keith Potter said: “The DASH adaptive streaming specified in HbbTV 1.5 is an important step in improving the perceived quality of video presentation on busy or slow internet connections. We are now able to license the full TNT 2.0 test suite, in conjunction with Ligada iSuite to provide full HbbTV 1.5 support to our clients.”

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ANGA: IRT simplifies conformance testing for HbbTV receivers

ANGA: IRT simplifies conformance testing for HbbTV receivers | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The IRT (Institut für Rundfunktechnik) will use ANGA Cable 2012 to highlight its HbbTV Test Harness, which enables and simplifies HbbTV conformance testing of set-top boxes and integrated digital televisions (iDTV). Receiver manufacturers and network operators can easily integrate the testing environment into their custom hardware testing procedure in order to validate all the use cases of the Test Suite. The IRT says the process is efficient and reliable.

 

With HbbTV Test Harness, the test results are automatically generated for the test reports. They are captured as screen shots by a digital video camera controlled by the HbbTV Test Harness. The HbbTV Test Harness enables receiver manufacturers and network operators to test TV devices against the standard functionalities of the so-called Test Suite of the HbbTV consortium. There are tests to ensure the proper functionality of the ‘Red Button’, for opening HTML pages and ensuring the flawless navigation of HbbTV applications by users, for example.

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CableLabs Releases Free Tools For Testing Dynamic VOD Ads

CableLabs Releases Free Tools For Testing Dynamic VOD Ads | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

CableLabs -- hoping to spur the industry's adoption of dynamic video-on-demand advertising -- has released tools under a free open-source license for testing standards-based VOD ad-insertion equipment.

 

The R&D consortium's Document Profile Architecture (DPA) toolset is designed to let vendors and developers test implementations based on the SCTE-130 set of specifications. SCTE-130 define techniques for the delivery of interactive and targeted ads in cable VOD systems and other on-demand environments.

 

Essentially, the DPA Toolset lets developers emulate multiplatform architectures for delivering ads across an array of distribution channels, including VOD streams, Web pages and interactive program guides.

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DIY BROADCAST : How to build your own TV Channel with Open-Source & other goodies

DIY BROADCAST : How to build your own TV Channel with Open-Source & other goodies | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Here is our scenario : you are the technical director of a web startup, already having proven your talents with your thematic VOD streaming channel – and your boss suddenly thinks you’re a grown enough company to jump on the broadcast wagon and manage your own 24/7 live TV channel, targeting IPTV and multiplatform OTT, with a mix of some live studio shows and mainly pre-recorded programs. And of course readify it for later iTV DTT distribution. Quite an exciting challenge !

 

But once you passed the wow effect, you just realize that despite his high expectations for the TV channel, your boss has got just a web budget – which is close to 0$ – and of course a tight launch schedule. Therefore, your first duty is to be creative on how to build the platform for the lowest possible cost : that’s why, using your web reflexes, you naturally turn yourself towards the open-source world to achieve this impossible mission. Inexpensive or free closed-source software will eventually fill the gaps (and obviously there are some).

 

Fortunately, the web attitude has contaminated many industries with its desire to promote interoperability and avoid vendor lock-in with full-IP standard worflows. The BBC has shown the way for a long-time, funding many developments like the Dirac codec for its own needs of tapeless workflows and open-sourcing them quickly afterwards. Other TV channels like SVT from Sweden (with CasparCG) and many independent developers have jumped onboard, and by combining their efforts with your usual web video tools like FFmpeg or other free tools, you can for sure build the target platform.

 

Apart from this software layer, you’ll just need :
- commodity IT hardware to run all the software
- some inexpensive SDI cards
- the minimalistic general audio/video routing hardware & cables
- a reasonable amount of time to configure and interface all pieces
and of course the right IT/dev skills to bring it all together…

 

OK, Let’s build it now !

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