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Incoming – world’s first 2nd screen app for the cinema

Incoming – world’s first 2nd screen app for the cinema | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Taking their cue from the world of television and the likes of Zeebox, a Dutch film company called 2CFILM has developed what it claims to be the world’s first synchronised second-screen application for use in the cinema.


App – the first film in a series of titles on 2CFILM’s development slate – will be supported by content available through an application for iPhone and Android devices, which delivers a parallel storyline via the app content, bringing the big screen and the mobile device together throughout the film.


The project uses technology based on SyncNow digital watermarking by Dutch firm Civolution and the cross-app development capabilities of another Dutch firm called Service2Media.

 

 

ON THE SAME TOPIC : http://www.televisual.com/news-detail/The-first-motion-picture-with-synched-2nd-screen-app_nid-2208.html


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ConférenSquad #4 : « Les workflows vidéo de demain, c’est aujourd’hui » (REPLAY)

Présentation : « Ultra HD : l’état de l’art »

Présentation : « Hulu en chemin vers DASH »

Panel : « Architectures vidéo dans le cloud : à quand le basculement total ? »


Slides et détails ici : http://ovfsquad.fr/conferensquad-4/

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BroadThinking 14: Forget Multiscreen, We're Heading Towards ONE Screen

BroadThinking 14: Forget Multiscreen, We're Heading Towards ONE Screen | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

This year the EBU BroadThinking Conference was sounding like a holistic swirl, a milestone in the trend of technology to define sets that are greater than the sum of their parts, through creative evolution. « Where Broadcast Meets BroadBand », you get some interesting fusion effect occurring and diluting the traditional boundaries of the screens, with the handheld devices being part of the big screen experience or extending it rather than trying to scalp it, in an environment where all the devices converge towards a restricted set of standards rather than tracing their own line.


While we by default think that standardization kills creativity, events like BroadThinking show that it’s the opposite: if we gather energies to solve common problems together, we can both come up with a more evolved solution and concentrate on what’s important past the pixel grid: the user experience, so consistent across screens that you forget there’s more than one screen involved.

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IBC 2014 : 4K down the road

IBC 2014  : 4K down the road | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

A l’IBC en 2012 et 2013, la 4K était surtout présente dans l’amont de la chaîne de valeur, avec les caméras et systèmes de post-production de programmes de stocks. L’année dernière étaient apparus les premiers outils pour réaliser des programmes de flux (TV en direct) et avaient été menées les premières expériences de captation en live dont Roland Garros. Les premières expérimentations d’encodage et de diffusion satellite avaient démarré en 2012, mais sur des programmes de “stock”.


En 2014, c’était au tour d’un grand nombre d’acteurs côté réception et box de faire des démonstrations de solutions 4K. Roland Garros n’a plus seulement été capté en 4K mais également diffusé, et sur trois tuyaux (à titre expérimental) : en IP, en satellite et en TNT (DVB-T2 via la Tour Eiffel). Année paire oblige, la 4K a aussi été largement expérimentée aux JO de Sotchi ainsi que pendant la Coupe du Monde de Football au Brésil. Les professionnels fourbissent maintenant leurs armes pour être prêts pour la prochaine année paire, 2016 et notamment pour les Jeux Olympiques à Rio de Janeiro.


Les premiers projets 4K concrets commencent à voir le jour chez les opérateurs les plus innovateurs. Vodafone va ainsi lancer sa première offre de TV payante 4K début 2015 en Allemagne. Si les box à venir sur le marché français ne seront probablement pas encore 4K en 2014-2015 (chez Bouygues Telecom, Orange et Free), les générations suivantes sauteront sans doutes le pas. On attend toujours de voir qui sera le premier à dégainer ? Free ou Canal+ voire Orange ? C’est une question qui mêle : la capacité d’innovation, la volonté de différentiation des acteurs, le calendrier de livraison des chipsets 4K pour set-top-boxes et des considérations économiques évidentes. Les box prévues pour courant 2015 ont plus de chances d’être 4K que celles qui sont prévues pour 2014 voire début 2015.

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HEVC: Are We There Yet?

HEVC: Are We There Yet? | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

HEVC/H.265 burst onto the scene in January 2013, when it was released for production by the two standards bodies that helped create it, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). Now, about 18 months after its release, how usable is HEVC? Well, actually, not very. This article will look at HEVC’s status in three segments: delivery to computers and notebooks, to mobile, and to OTT, identifying the trends and value propositions affecting each market.

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Adobe adds HTML5 support to Primetime DRM

Adobe adds HTML5 support to Primetime DRM | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Adobe Systems has made some upgrades to its Primetime Digital Rights Management platform that the software vendor said will bring its content protection service into the world of browser-based video.


Adobe announced Primetime DRM is now available on apps without a Flash Player plugin, as well as via HTML5 on major Web browsers. The changes are significant as they represent Adobe's shift away from its Flash-player approach in favor of using emerging HTML5 extensions that support video embedded directly into Web pages.

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Introducing: Azure Media Indexer

Introducing: Azure Media Indexer | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The Internet was designed around text-based documents, and as such, has mature infrastructure to encourage and enable the search and discovery of text across the entire web. Video files, on the other hand, are not natively “searchable”, and usually require complex classification systems primarily powered by massive amounts of manually-tagged metadata. But what if there was a way to extract this kind of meaningful metadata automatically? Azure Media Indexer is a media processor that leverages natural language processing (NLP) technology from Microsoft Research to make media files and content searchable by exposing this meaningful metadata to the end-user automatically in the form of a keyword file (XML), a set of closed caption files (SAMI/TTML), and a powerful binary index file (AIB).

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Google's Web-video ambitions bump into hard reality

Google's Web-video ambitions bump into hard reality | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The company's technical prowess and free VP9 licensing haven't been enough to dent the fortunes of rival compression format HEVC. But Google's already moving on to VP10.

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SMPTE backs “dazzling” HDR spec

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) on September 10 is to release a technical standard covering High Dynamic Range (HDR) images that will – in essence – match the Dolby Vision proposals from Dolby Labs.


The concept could allow viewers to see what has been described as “dazzling” in its treatment of whiter whites and permitting much more variation in representing blacks/grays and items in shadow.

One commentator, The Hollywood Reporter’s Carolyn Giardina, says early demonstrations have shown that the difference is a “more noticeable upgrade compared to moving from HDTV to Ultra-HD”.


The September 10 meeting at IBC will see SMPTE publish its ‘transfer function’ document which outlines a roadmap for the technology, starting at the camera’s lens and on to colour grading and post-production and eventual delivery to broadcasters and the home.

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[IBC2014] DASH AVC/264 support in GPAC - GPAC Licensing

[IBC2014] DASH AVC/264 support in GPAC - GPAC Licensing | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Thanks to a joint effort of GPAC Licensing, EBU and DASH-IF, the open-source multimedia framework GPAC now has support for the DASH Industry Forum DASH AVC/264 profile… and beyond!

 

In this article we are going show you how to setup GPAC for your OnDemand and Live contents. In a next article, we’ll see how to use GPAC to encrypt your data with support with the most common DRMs.

 


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Microsoft Smooth Streaming Plugin for OSMF with Azure Media MPEG-DASH support

Microsoft Smooth Streaming Plugin for OSMF with Azure Media MPEG-DASH support | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

One of the plugins that Microsoft released is Microsoft Smooth Streaming with OSMF Azure Plugin for Media MPEG-DASH support . We can extend the capabilities of OSMF (Open Source Media Framework for Adobe) adding Microsoft Smooth Streaming to players using this technology, as well as playback on Strobe Media Playback (SMP).


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Streaming Forum 14: MPEG-DASH Is the ‘Young Turk’ of Online Video

Streaming Forum 14: MPEG-DASH Is the ‘Young Turk’ of Online Video | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Could MPEG-DASH be the one online video format to replace all others? In a Streaming Forum 2014 panel on the much-hyped format heavyweights includingCisco, Akamai, the BBC, and Qualcomm offered a shared hope that the industry could standardize behind DASH.

 

“To me, it’s the young Turk,” said Kevin Murray, system architect for Cisco, comparing DASH to HLS. Broadcasters are slowly centralizing on both options, he noted. DASH, however, lacks a maturity. The format still needs ubiquity (including the ability to play on iOS devices) and integration (DASH-IF needs to act as a gatekeeper). Keep it simple, Murray advised: A unified DASH is easier to deploy and test, and offers a better user experience.

 

Throughout the discussion, panelists balanced the need for standardization with the need to offer versions with special features. The format needs a consistency of choice or problems will show up, Murray said. “The way people do live differs,” he said, and so do the ways players support live video. Advertising video needs certain features that content video doesn’t. The solution needs a consistent framework that supports various options.


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Google Media Framework: Making online video simple

Google Media Framework: Making online video simple | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

We’re excited to announce an open source video player framework to make online video and video monetization with the IMA SDK easier than ever. The Google Media Framework (GMF) is available for iOS and Android, and we have a Video.js plugin for web based video players.


MF Features

  • Ready to use Video player for your apps and websites
  • Demo apps include production ready integrations with the IMA ads SDK
  • GMF is free and open source, so can be customized to meet your specific needs (Send us a pull request!)
  • Easily customize the UI color and add or remove buttons
  • Support for iOS 7+ and Android 4.1+


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Sapporo JCT-VC and MPEG Meetings - Jun/Jul 2014

Sapporo JCT-VC and MPEG Meetings - Jun/Jul 2014 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

NGCodec was at the JCT-VC/MPEG Meeting in Sapporo to help the industry to continue with the development of the HEVC standard. This was a busy meeting where we did substantial work over 9 days. JCT-VC finished the work on the 2nd version of the HEVC text covering the enhancements related to scalability (SHVC), completed the work on HEVC Test Model (HM15) software and text, the version 1 conformance and accelerated the work in relation to the coding of screen content (SCC). They were a number of additional MPEG activities that were conducted outside JCT-VC, mostly in relation to High Dynamic Range video (HDR) and royalty free codecs.

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Working with Brightcove Video Cloud and MPEG-DASH

Working with Brightcove Video Cloud and MPEG-DASH | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Brightcove now supports transcoding video into the MPEG-DASH format. Support is also available for MPEG-DASH encrypted with Common Encryption, allowing multiple DRM systems to playback a single source asset. This topic provides an overview of the steps required to publish and play DASH content through Video Cloud.

Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH), also known as MPEG-DASH, is an adaptive bitrate streaming technique that enables high quality streaming of media content over the Internet delivered from conventional HTTP web servers. Similar to Apple's HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) solution, MPEG-DASH works by breaking the content into a sequence of small HTTP-based file segments, each segment containing a short interval of playback time of a content that is potentially many hours in duration, such as a movie or the live broadcast of a sports event. The content is made available at a variety of different bit rates and as the content is played back by an MPEG-DASH client, the client automatically selects from the alternatives the next segment to download and play back based on current network conditions.

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DASH Live Streaming with Azure Media Service

DASH Live Streaming with Azure Media Service | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

This article focuses on the live streaming DASH features enabled by Azure Media Service, and how they can be used to deliver live and video on demand adaptive streaming to Web browsers and new devices of all types, which are adding support for the DASH standard.  DASH live streaming is now available for public preview, and will graduate to “general availability” with normal service level agreements after the preview period.


DASH output is a runtime option for all live and VOD streaming from Azure Media Services.  A player can request a DASH Media Presentation Description manifest and compatible ISO Base Media File Format “Media Segments” just by including a DASH format tag in each URL request.  The same files or live stream can be delivered in Microsoft Smooth Streaming, Apple HLS, or Adobe HDS by indicating any of those formats in the URL format tag.  This enables the introduction of DASH to new browsers and devices while maintaining compatibility with legacy players and formats.  The ability to dynamically package media segments in realtime is essential for low latency live streaming, as well as efficient multiplatform support.

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IBC 2014 : OTT et cloud

IBC 2014 : OTT et cloud | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Comme de coutume chaque mi-septembre depuis 2010, direction Amsterdam pour l’IBC, le plus grand salon de la télévision numérique avec le NAB de Las Vegas qui a lieu en avril. On y trouve de tout, des outils de captation, de production, de diffusion et de réception. Avec plus de 1700 exposants, on y découvre la floraison de sociétés qui se disputent un marché en perpétuel renouvèlement. Ce salon a lieu juste après l’IFA de Berlin qui est destiné aux produits grand public et auquel je ne me rends pas, réservant ce domaine au CES de Las Vegas en janvier.


Sans grande surprise, les mots clés de ce salon étaient : OTT multi-écrans s’appuyant sur des architectures en cloud et l’adoption massive de la 4K/Ultra HD par les industriels du broadcast.

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HTML5 Audio and Video Improvements for Windows Phone 8.1 : MPEG DASH support

HTML5 Audio and Video Improvements for Windows Phone 8.1 : MPEG DASH support | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8.1 adds new media features that greatly expand its support for HTML5 audio and video. Audio and video elements are now fully supported, including inline playback of video content, and adaptive streaming based on the latest Web specifications is supported as well. These new features provide Web site developers the tools they need to provide compelling media experiences, and make IE an ideal browser for mobile media applications.


Now Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8.1 supports Media Source Extensions as well. With it, sites will be able to deliver adaptive streaming videos using the same MPEG-DASH framework to Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

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Building Audio/Video Applications based on Player Framework v2.0 for Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 (Smooth Streaming and MPEG DASH protected with PlayReady)

Building Audio/Video Applications based on Player Framework v2.0 for Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 (Smooth Streaming and MPEG DASH protected with PlayReady) | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 Applications for Step 3 support the following formats: 
- Windows: WMV, MP4, MPEG2-TS, Smooth Streaming  and MPEG DASH  
- Windows Phone : WMV, MP4, Smooth Streaming  and MPEG DASH

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Will MSE/EME/DASH Lead to Simpler Workflows? Don't Bet on It

Will MSE/EME/DASH Lead to Simpler Workflows? Don't Bet on It | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

What the online video industry needs is simple standards for reaching all viewers. But when have standards ever simplified online video?


Proprietary technologies are inherently bad in the video space, except when they’re not. Standards inevitably simplify matters, except when they don’t. So it is with Flash, and its obvious successors, the Media Source Extensions (MSE), Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), and Dynamic Adaptive Streaming via HTTP (DASH). 


MSE/EME/DASH are the standards that will enable web publishers to replace Flash in their playback architectures. MSE eliminates two of HTML5's most critical limitations by bringing standards-based adaptive streaming and live delivery to HTML5 browsers and devices. EME brings a single encryption API to HTML5 browsers, providing digital rights management (DRM), addressing another former deficit. DASH is the standards-based file format that will actually deliver the streams. The vision is one set of cache-friendly streams in DASH format that can play on any MSE/EME-compatible computer or device, which will replace the two streams most producers create today for Flash and HLS playback.

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NPAPI deprecation: developer guide

NPAPI deprecation: developer guide | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Even though users will be able to let NPAPI plug-ins run by default in January, we encourage developers to migrate of off NPAPI as soon as possible. Support for NPAPI will be completely removed from Chrome in a future release, probably by the end of 2014.


The ability to adapt media streaming to an individual consumer is critical in delivering high-quality content to a large audience. In the past this capability has been provided by technologies such as Silverlight’s smooth streaming and Quicktime’s HTTP live streaming. The Media Source Extensions to the HTML media element provide the capability to adapt a stream to an individual consumer on the modern web. Html5rocks has put together a great example of how to use the Media Source Extensions to implement some of these common use cases.


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Adobe Primetime Support for MPEG-DASH

Adobe Primetime Support for MPEG-DASH | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

For those of us working to develop MPEG-DASH, Apple’s recent support of the W3C’s Media Source Extensions (MSE) API in Safari on OS X Yosemite is great news.  MSE and DASH have a complementary relationship, and expanded support for MSE will make it much easier for publishers to adopt DASH.


While MSE itself is designed to be media container format neutral, one of the primary container format recommendations made in the specification is compatible with the ISO Base Media File Format (ISO BMFF)“fragmented MP4” profile of MPEG-DASH.  At this time, MSE implementations in most desktop browsers (Chrome, IE, Safari) are available and support the ISO BMFF container.  Firefox is also working on compatible implementations, which are already partially available in their development branches.

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Improving the Quality of Experience with MPEG-DASH Ultra HD

Improving the Quality of Experience with MPEG-DASH Ultra HD | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

How can publishers ensure that their viewers are getting a TV-like experience with MPEG-DASH video? At the recent Streaming Forum conference in London, experts from Qualcomm and Bitmovin explained the finer points of QoE for DASH.

 

"How can the DASH standard or standardized formats have to increase the quality, once there is some kind of metrics or logging functionality at the client that gives you means to communicate to another instance -- a logging server or whatever -- what's going on in the client side?" asked Christian Timmerer, CIO for Bitmovin. "In DASH there is an Annex D which is a normative definition of semantics for these metrics according to different observation points. If you have the DASH access client -- that basically is the one that issues the HTTP request -- and gets the responses and hands that over to what we call here a DASH-enabled application, which then in the end feeds into a display for rendering purposes or whatever."


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[IBC2014] MPEG-DASH SuperSession

[IBC2014] MPEG-DASH SuperSession | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Released in April 2012, MPEG DASH is the fastest tracked ISO standard ever released by the MPEG organization. A standard for the delivery of adaptive, segmented media, MPEG DASH seeks to be the unifying and enabling force for the OTT world as NTSC and PAL were for the broadcast world. The goals of this SuperSession are to expose attendees to the latest advances in DASH and to educate them on the deployments and usage taking place today. 
 
Dr. Iraj Sodagar, President of the DASH Industry Forum and Chair of MPEG’s DASH subgroup will open with a summary of the State of Affairs of DASH - providing an update on the current state of DASH standardization in MPEG, including the features of MPEG-DASH 2nd edition as well as an overview of the DASH-IF latest activities and the status of DASH adoption by various consortia. Richard Leider from Google will present a talk on the large-scale use of DASH at YouTube, the world’s largest media property. Dr. Illgner, Director of the IRT and Chairman of the HbbTV Association will follow with a presentation on DASH and HbbTV. David Price, VP Business Development at Ericsson will moderate a panel on Deployments of DASH in HbbTV and LTE Broadcast. Dr. Thomas Stockhammer, editor of the DASH standard, will present an update on the DASH-AVC/264 interoperability guidelines as well as technologies under consideration for forth-coming updates to DASH. We’ll conclude with presentations of commercial deployments from Akamai, DTS, InsideSecure, Microsoft and Qualcomm. 


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Diving into ultra-low latency for live using MPEG-DASH

Low latency with HTTP-streaming (segment-based) technologies is a challenge. In particular MPEG-DASH is gaining adoption among international industry consortiums such as DVB with DVB DASH or ETSI with HbbTV 2.0 (not published yet), with a growing focus on live use-cases. For such applications, latency is a concern.

 

In this article, we will show you how the GPAC team studied the impact on the overhead of HD streaming with very low latency using MPEG-DASH and demonstrated that overhead on the transport side is negligible, in the order of 1%. At 1% overhead, we could demonstrate a 240ms latency. With such a low latency, interactive or bidirectional applications such as video conferencing or live streaming with voting become possible.

 

Of course such low latency can only be safely reproduced in local network conditions. Yet it shows that the latency is not due to the MPEG-DASH technology but rather to the network conditions. It also shows that a few technical choices can dramatically reduce the latency.

All the tools used for this demonstration are available as free software. 


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Is 4K Doomed to Be the Next 3D? Akamai Says No

Is 4K Doomed to Be the Next 3D? Akamai Says No | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The industry might be buzzing about 4K video, but is this something consumers actually want? At the recent Streaming Media East conference in New York City, Will Law, chief architect, media division, at Akamai, reminded the audience that this discussion sounds awfully familiar.


"I'm a pragmatic optimist about 4K, and I'm also a student of history," Law began. "I wanted almost to print out a session we had at Streaming Media East about six years ago that was taking about the new format coming out -- how it was larger, there were no screens to display it, there were no devices to play it, content wasn't produced in it. And that format was 1080p. Six years ago we were having exactly the same discussion, and I think we're going to repeat it again. In six years time we're going to be looking back and we will see a transition from 720 to 1080 to 4K."


It wasn't long ago that 3D enjoyed the same level of hype. Yet, it still didn't catch on.

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