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Monitoring innovations in post-production, head-end, streaming, OTT, second-screen, UHDTV, multiscreen strategies & tools
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BBC R&D White Paper Details Holographic Future

BBC R&D White Paper Details Holographic Future | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

New BBC White Paper details research into holographic displays, laser based glasses free 3D screens for multiple viewers and 3D video for mobile.


The BBC R&D team have been working closely with R&D teams across the world on all aspects of 3D TV from capture, postproduction, and coding, to transmission and end-user terminals. In the BBC’s 3D-TV R&D Activities in Europe white paper released last night by Oliver Grau, Thierry Borel, Peter Kauff, Aljoscha Smolic and Ralf Tanger, details of previous and on-going research into 3D for the home and mobile devices are summarised providing a fascinating insight into how 3D entertainment could be consumed in the future.

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ACCESS Sets New Standard for HTML5 WebKit Browsers With NetFront Browser NX 2.0 DTV Profile

ACCESS Sets New Standard for HTML5 WebKit Browsers With NetFront Browser NX 2.0 DTV Profile | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

ACCESS, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, today announced the availability of NetFront Browser NX 2.0 DTV Profile, an advanced new WebKit-based HTML5 browser that features extremely efficient memory usage, high stability, high portability and comprehensive support for DTV and IPTV standards including HbbTV, BBC iPlayer, major video-on-demand (VoD) services in Japan and CE-HTML.


Key features

- HTML5 support - Audio/Video tag, Canvas 2D, Web Workers, Web Storage, WebSocket and WebGL

- CSS3 support, CSS3 3D Transforms, Transitions and Animations

- HbbTV, BBC iPlayer

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Sling Media SDK integrated into Broadcom’s latest set-top box SoC platforms

Sling Media SDK integrated into Broadcom’s latest set-top box SoC platforms | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Sling Media Inc. and Broadcom Corp.  today announced the integration of the Sling Media SDK into Broadcom’s latest set-top box system-on-a-chip platforms. The collaboration paves the way for manufacturers of STBs and CE devices to offer consumers a solution to enjoy watching their favorite television content wherever they want on whatever device they want, with an Internet connection.


Sling Media’s licensed software ecosystem supported on the Broadcom BCM7425 Dual HD Transcoding MoCA Gateway SoC gives users a full-featured multi-screen, multi-platform viewing solution.


Sling Media’s pioneering placeshifting technology coupled with Broadcom’s leadership in high performance STB platforms enable a wide range of content with a consistent viewing experience for service operators’ customers who demand a simple, high-quality way to watch television on the go.


ON THE SAME TOPIC, SEE : http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2012/01/the-android-based-hdtv-higher.php

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Civolution To Debut Real-Time Content Triggering Service For App Developers At 2012 Consumer Electronics Show

Civolution To Debut Real-Time Content Triggering Service For App Developers At 2012 Consumer Electronics Show | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Civolution announces that it will be demonstrating its new real-time content triggering service at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The new service enables synchronized ad delivery to second screen applications by leveraging Civolution’s extensive broadcast monitoring infrastructure of more than 1,700 TV channels worldwide, of which more than 1,250 are national and local channels in North America covering all 210 Designated Market Areas.


The new content-triggering service complements Civolution’s award-winning SyncNow - 2nd screen synchronization solution. Upon client-based identification through audio watermarking or fingerprinting, the SyncNow product enables identification and synchronization between broadcast, on-demand or recorded television content and interactive applications on devices such as a tablets, smartphones or laptops. Additionally, Civolution is providing automatic content recognition technology for integration with smart TVs, enabling all the value-adding opportunities of SyncNow on the larger main screen of the TV set itself.

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Trickplay to Embed Audible Magic’s Content Recognition Solutions Into Its Digital TV Platform

Trickplay to Embed Audible Magic’s Content Recognition Solutions Into Its Digital TV Platform | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Trickplay and Audible Magic today announced a technology partnership that will make Audible Magic’s industry-leading automated content recognition (ACR) solutions an integral part of Trickplay’s digital TV software platform. Based on Audible Magic’s patented digital fingerprint content identification technology, the company’s SmartID and SmartSync solutions enable consumer electronics devices to provide more engaging content and offer other outstanding user experiences.


The Audible Magic solutions enhance Trickplay’s platform in two specific ways. SmartID, for example, enables developers to recognize content that is being played, whether the content is delivered from terrestrial broadcast, cable, Internet streaming, Blu-ray, or another source. And SmartSync synchronizes events to the media being watched with frame-to-frame accuracy.

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ViXS Systems and PacketVideo put DLNA Server on VIXS SoC

ViXS Systems and PacketVideo put DLNA Server on VIXS SoC | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

At CES 2012 ViXS Systems Inc. will be demonstrating PacketVideo’s TwonkyServer 6.0 connected home solution running on it’s XCode 4208 NAS SoC.TwonkyServer from PacketVideo makes finding media and playing it back on connected home and mobile devices as simple as drag and drop. Adopting DLNA and other networking and streaming software this solution provides compatibility with more devices and file formats than any other connected home solution in the industry making the sharing of photos, video and music a seamless experience for beginners and experts alike.


On show at CES will be the TwonkyServer running on a video NAS base platform based on the XCode 4208. The XCode 4208 performs all the data and video NAS functions and hardware audio and video transcoding functions. The TwonkyServer is performing all the home networking and streaming management functions to DLNA based clients.

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LeanBack Player : an HTML5 advanced video player

LeanBack Player : an HTML5 advanced video player | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

LeanBack Player is a Javascript based HTML5 Media Player UI that uses build-in HTML5 <video> and <audio> element functionality of standard browsers, platforms and devices. It's very easy to integrate, it's skinnable by using CSS, it's independent of any other javascript libraries and it's adaptable by using extensions.

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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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More enhancements for HTML5 video and audio in Firefox

More enhancements for HTML5 video and audio in Firefox | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

There has been a lot of attention focused on enhancements for HTML5 videos recently. Here is an updated list of changes you can expect to see, as well as find out what is currently planned.


Available now in Firefox

- Added visual feedback when the HTML5 Media stalled event is dispatched

- Clicking on the video surface will toggle between play and pause

- The seekable attribute returns the ranges of the media that are currently available for seeking to.

- The played attribute enables script to see what regions of the media has been played

- Seeking in media is now accurate to the nearest microsecond


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MPEG DASH and Connected TV will Rule 2012

MPEG DASH and Connected TV will Rule 2012 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Between the inevitable adoption of MPEG DASH and the growth in connected TVs, 2012 should be a banner year for streaming media...

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Using UltraViolet Media with Flash Access

Using UltraViolet Media with Flash Access | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

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).


READ THE OVERVIEW HERE : http://help.adobe.com/en_US/flashaccess/3.0/FAXS_3_0_Overview.pdf

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MPEG-DASH advanced features highlight

MPEG-DASH advanced features highlight | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Interesting list of DASH special features among which :

- Switching and selectable streams

- Fragmented manifest

- Segments with variable durations

- Multiple base URLs

- Clock-drift control for live sessions

- Quality metrics for reporting the session experience

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Unified Streaming Platform Roadmap

Unified Streaming Platform Roadmap | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

A good overview of the major features implemented in 2011 inside USP repackaging software :

- PlayReady encryption key exchange with BuyDRM's KeyOS Smooth DRM Service

- Verimatrix iOS key exchange

- support for MPEG DASH draft specification

- Proxy support (NFS, S3, Windows Azure)


... and what's coming in 2012 :

- Selective scrambling

- Flash access DRM

- Full MPEG-DASH support

- support for UltraViolet's Common File Format, using Common Encryption

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Using IPTV Inside the Facility

Using IPTV Inside the Facility | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Broadcasters might primarily consider IPTV to be a tool for delivering video signals to their viewers, such as streaming video over the Internet from websites or distributing content through IPTV providers such as AT&T's U-verse. But, how many have considered deploying IPTV within their own facilities for use by production staff, executives or anyone else who needs to be able to view real-time video signals at their desktop? As it turns out, small IPTV systems using today's technology can be installed with a reasonable up-front cost, and deployed over existing IP networks. Let's take a look.

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Volicon releases Observer Enterprise 6.0 with loudness-monitoring capabilities, closed-caption support, and transport-stream monitoring

Volicon releases Observer Enterprise 6.0 with loudness-monitoring capabilities, closed-caption support, and transport-stream monitoring | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Volicon has released the biggest update yet to its Observer Enterprise video content logging and monitoring system, writes David Fox.


Version 6.0 simplifies critical processes with new loudness-monitoring capabilities, closed-caption support, and transport-stream monitoring and export, and is claimed to also serve as a convenient and versatile platform for additional monitoring applications.


The Observer range captures, stores, and indexes broadcast content from multiple channels, offering users simultaneous 24/7 access to video from their desktop. Configurable alarms monitor video quality and provide early detection of audio and video issues across hundreds of HD channels, facilitating rapid resolution and minimizing downtime. The system also allows broadcasters to manage and compare content assets across multiple channels in a unified interface from any internet connection.

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ViXS Systems and Wistron to launch next generation side-loading/transcoding Media Hub products at CES 2012

ViXS Systems and Wistron to launch next generation side-loading/transcoding Media Hub products at CES 2012 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Using a single XCode 4210 System on Chip (SoC), Wistron has created a feature-rich family of products which offer one of the smallest form factor and lowest power Blu-ray / Media Hubs on the market today.

The products offer consumers a combination Blu-Ray player solution with the ability to simultaneously transcode media content for increased storage space, media format conversion, and multi-screen support to devices such as smartphones and tablets.

These Media Hub products also include rich graphical user interfaces (GUI), 3D TV support, media storage, media management and controlled media streaming.


Product features include:

- Video content streaming with integrated adaptive Transcoding for Multi-Screen support

- Video content side-loading with integrated Transcoding

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VSN Spider SOA-based workflow platform begins to show up

VSN Spider SOA-based workflow platform begins to show up | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

VSN has announced it will attend CABSAT, Feb. 28 – March 1, in Dubai. Promoting its new generation of broadcast software solutions, the company will showcase new versions of its products in the areas of News Production, Content Management and Distribution and Advanced Graphics.


Included in the Spider platform, VSN’s new Workflow Manager allows full customization of a TV channel’s different workflows, thus generating a fully automated production operative. The seamless integration with VSNIPTRANSFER to work in a distributed environment (WAN), and the combination of Web architecture with Windows and Mac OS platforms, results in a powerful distributed, multiplatform ecosystem for the news production and the content management and distribution.


VSNNEWS now features a set of new functionalities including the system’s integration with different social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Also, the SOA interfaces with MAM solutions. The proposed architecture is completely scalable as it grows, because most of services are now centralized and operated by “workers,” no matter the size of the system and the number of lo-res and hi-res clients involved.

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Panasonic introduces AV-HS410 multiformat switcher with API and SDK

Panasonic introduces AV-HS410 multiformat switcher with API and SDK | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Panasonic has introduced the AV-HS410, an HD/SD “smart” switcher. The unit builds on its predecessor, the AV-HS400A, and incorporates a host of new features, including a built-in high-resolution screen, video clip stores with timeline editing, effects memory preview, and an Application Program Interface (API) and Software Development Kits (SDK) for the creation of custom plug-in applications.

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Verimatrix white-paper : Navigating content security requirements for multi-screen video

Verimatrix white-paper : Navigating content security requirements for multi-screen video | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Video service providers looking to launch multi-network, multi-screen services face challenges in assessing the implications of the content security requirements that major content owners will include in content licensing deals.


Whether you are a traditional managed-network operator or an OTT video startup, you need to know what protection technologies the studios will expect as you plan new offerings.


Verimatrix teamed with Bill Rosenblatt of GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies to develop the most comprehensive guide available today on how TV Everywhere-type services are affecting traditional licensing and security rules.


Based on extensive research with major Hollywood studios and other content owners, we have found that content protection requirements contain many subtleties and are in states of flux regarding various criteria. Our examination of content owners' policies reveals important benchmarks and trends in protection requirements.

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BetterView SD2HD : upconversion without blur

This video shows several examples of BetterView's ability to turn SD content into True HD quality.
Note the tags on the top left and right to know whether you are watching a blown-up version of the SD content, or the True HD quality result by BetterView. The white line seen in some parts of the video flickers between the two options, to give a sense of the true quality difference, as if you are watching the two movies playing on identical screens side by side.


To find out more, go to http://www.better-view.com

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Matthew Quinn's comment, January 3, 2012 6:15 AM
Is this just pre-processing? It looks like a sharpen filter, It does make some of the content look sharper but others actually look worse.
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Telestream Builds High Definition Instant Replay System for NASCAR Race Officials

Telestream Builds High Definition Instant Replay System for NASCAR Race Officials | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Telestream today announced that it has created a new HD instant replay system for NASCAR race control officials. Developed for the start of the 2012 racing season, Telestream’s new Replay multichannel video player combines with its Pipeline HD video capture system to provide instant capture and display of 18 high definition 720p camera feeds. This allows race officials to instantly see detailed information to make rapid decisions about on-track aspects of the race.

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3D: The Next Big Thing?

3D: The Next Big Thing? | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

So, is S3D the next big thing in home entertainment?


Here’s what appeared in The New York Times: “…this week, a special study group of experts on stereoscopic television is meeting in Washington to try to decide which system should be adopted. Should the group reach agreement, the system it endorses would be proposed to the International Telecommunications Union, which is considering adopting a global standard for 3-D television.”


Yes, that appeared in The New York Times, in an article headlined “3-D TV Thrives Outside the U.S.”

It appeared on April 22.


It appeared on April 22 of the year 1980, more than 30 years ago. And, roughly 30 years before that, on May 3, 1953, Business Week ran the headline “3-D Invades TV,” describing ongoing S3D broadcasts that began that year.


If S3D television was first broadcast more than 80 years ago (and was discussed even earlier), why should it be considered the next big thing now? There are some good reasons.

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Social TV Startup Miso Adds Mobile 'SideShows' for Second Screen

Social TV Startup Miso Adds Mobile 'SideShows' for Second Screen | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Social TV start-up Miso has launched SideShows, or interactive content experiences that play on users' iPhones while they watch TV to deepen engagement with the second screen. Its first partners are Showtime, Fox, Food Network, DirecTV's Audience Network, Halogen, Science Channel and CBS Television Distribution.


The content in SideShows varies from characters' back stories to information on guest stars, fashion, history facts, trivia and quotes. It is created with an open publishing platform accessible by anyone -networks, Miso's superfans, bloggers, comedians and, potentially, celebrities - regardless of whether they are associated with the show.

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Short Tutorial on MPEG-DASH

Short Tutorial on MPEG-DASH | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

November 2011 presentation from the MPEG Consortium DASH subgroup.


Summary :

- MPEG-DASH ISO/IEC 23009-1

- MPEG-DASH Design Principles

- Media Presentation Description (MPD) Data Model

- Segment Indexing

- Profiles


READ THE PRESENTATION HERE : http://mpeg.chiariglione.org/working_documents/mpeg-dash/MPEG-DASH-Tutorial.pdf

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Marlin-DRM protected DASH POC : MMSys 2011 Ericsson research paper

Marlin-DRM protected DASH POC : MMSys 2011 Ericsson research paper | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Dynamic adaptive HTTP streaming (DASH) is a new concept for video streaming using consecutive downloads of short video segments. 3GPP has developed the basic DASH standard which is further extended by OIPF and MPEG. In all versions available to date, content protection is not properly enabled. Extensions are needed to enable important use cases like pay-per-view, license change in an ongoing video channel, and pay-per-maximum-quality.


In this publication, Frank Hartung, Sinan Kesici and Daniel Catrein have examined which extensions are needed, in order to use DASH for DRM protected content. This comprises required changes in the DASH standard, namely MPD metadata extensions, as well as changes in the used transport file formats, namely the inclusion of a ISO file format box carrying a segment key, and finally a suitable key and license structure applied to the underlying DASH concept. All those changes have been proposed and explained in the paper. With these changes and additions, which do not change the core idea of DASH, even more complex use cases like pay-per-view and pay-per-maximum-quality are possible. As a proof-of-concept, the authors have implemented the proposed changes and integrated them with a real DRM key and license management system. For the proof-of-concept, they have used Marlin DRM, but any other similar DRM would be equally usable.


READ THE PAPER HERE : http://www.hartung.fh-aachen.de/publications/ACM_MMSys2011_p277.pdf 


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