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Monitoring innovations in post-production, head-end, streaming, OTT, second-screen, UHDTV, multiscreen strategies & tools
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HyperTV: New Generation of Web Video Platform / 2ndScreen service provider

HyperTV: New Generation of Web Video Platform / 2ndScreen service provider | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

"HyperTV eXperience is a new generation of web videoplaform in a Digital Multimedia setting. It is the most advanced video platform for the creation and publication of user experiences on any device.

 

Videos, pics, texts, widgets and applications co-exist and cooperate into the same page, involving users in a dynamic, interactive and innovative content fruition.

 

The video is not the final point of arrival, but it’s the first stage of the user experience: events automatically appear beside the main video or otherwise they can be chosen by the user. HyperTVX supports both on demand and live streaming video contents."


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SMPTE session : Markerless Motion Imaging and Real Time 3D Tracking Data for Digital Media Production and Entertainment

Impressive demo video of a motion capture system working with 24 cameras.

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BBC R & D : RadioTAG protocol

BBC R & D : RadioTAG protocol | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

RadioTAG is a new protocol that enables you to share information with a broadcaster about what you're listening to by pushing a button on your radio.

 

RadioTAG is an initiative under the umbrella of RadioDNS, an industry-wide initiative to "enable the convergence of radio broadcasting and IP-delivered services". RadioDNS is also the home of RadioVIS, a slideshow service specification we have discussed before on this blog and RadioEPG, an electronic programme guide that aims to enhance broadcast audio services with rich programme related metadata.

 

RadioTAG is a protocol that defines:

- how a client finds the tag service corresponding to the current station using RadioDNS

- the transport protocol used

- the format of a tag request

- how the service should respond to unauthenticated requests

- how you pair a client with your account at a broadcaster's web site

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YouTube Gets Free, Cloud-Based Video Editing Thanks To New WeVideo Integration

YouTube Gets Free, Cloud-Based Video Editing Thanks To New WeVideo Integration | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

WeVideo, a newly launched cloud-based collaborative video editing platform, is today announcing integration with YouTube. Starting this afternoon, YouTube users will be able to access a basic version of WeVideo’s online service in order to edit their video clips by adding titles, effects, animation, music, narration and more.

 

To be clear, WeVideo is not the only editing tool that Google’s online service provides, but it hopes to soon to be the most robust. YouTube’s own editor is fairly basic, and other tools like Magisto are more limited in scope. With WeVideo, the goal is to bring a more full-featured, professional-grade video-editing solution to the cloud that’s also easy enough for anyone to use.

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YouTube’s Digital Fingerprints: How Content ID Protects Videos

YouTube’s Digital Fingerprints: How Content ID Protects Videos | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

A top YouTube engineer gave Streaming Media Europe attendees a peek at how the video giant operates.

 

YouTube's Content ID creates a fingerprint of uploaded reference material, then compares it not only to newly uploaded videos, but to every video ever uploaded to the video sharing powerhouse. And it does it in minutes.

 

"It uses a hell of a lot of computers to do that," said Oliver Heckmann.

 

Heckmann, the engineering director for YouTube Europe, gave the second day keynote address at Streaming Media Europe. In a rare peek inside YouTube's operations, he gave stats on the site, explained how the Content ID system works, and gave a glimpse at the upcoming video ad formats YouTube will use to keep both advertisers and viewers happy.

 

YouTube currently receives 48 hours of uploaded video each minute, Heckmann revealed. It serves 3 billion video views per day (a number that's been growing by 50 percent year-after-year) to 500 million unique users worldwide. Besides being the largest video site in the world, it's also the second largest search engine (after parent Google) - and it's not even a search engine.

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Live Streaming: BitTorrent Starts Streaming DJ Sets To Test Live P2P

Live Streaming: BitTorrent Starts Streaming DJ Sets To Test Live P2P | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen and his team have been working for close to three years on a new P2P platform that makes it possible to stream live content with minimal latency.


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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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StageVideo, Part 1: What is it?

StageVideo, Part 1: What is it? | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

StageVideo is hardware-accelerated video playback. What does that mean? It means that Flash puts more of the burden on your graphics card (or GPU), reducing the burden on the CPU.

 

The result? Massive performance savings. Of course, it depends on what you are trying to render on the screen, but in my talk I show Flash playing an HD video with some simple vector graphics rendering on top — without StageVideo I'm at 75% processor usage, and with StageVideo, I was running at 10% processor usage. WOW! Right?

 

What does that actually mean in practice? It means that you can deliver super high-res HD video through the Flash Player without dropping frames to more and more devices. I mean, the video quality that Flash Player can now support is pretty intense and amazing.

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OpenHeadend: When broadcast meets computers

OpenHeadend: When broadcast meets computers | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

OpenHeadend has built an interesting range of IPTV products based on famous open-source software like FFmpeg, x264, DVBlast :

- Catch-up extraction server

- Timeshifting server for IPTV

- Playout server for IPTV

 

It works with common DVB cards and commodity hardware, and allows to quickly build complex workflows through a fluid web interface.

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Fantastic overview of HTML5 video features and forthcomings from OVC 2011 conference. Must read !

Fantastic overview of HTML5 video features and forthcomings from OVC 2011 conference. Must read ! | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Fantastic overview of HTML5 video developments and forthcomings. Overview of OVC 2011 conference dedicated to open media development.


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BXF explained : The new open SMPTE schema standard levels the playing field

BXF explained : The new open SMPTE schema standard levels the playing field | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

For years, broadcast automation systems and business systems needed manual access and conversion interface applications to convert metadata to/from their respective systems. The multitudes of proprietary interfaces are difficult to keep up with, especially as system upgrades and enhancements were added to either side.

BXF-based applications and their open-standard schema save on costs.

 

The new SMPTE 2021 BXF 1.0 schema standard is one of the biggest advances in broadcast automation in this decade. The holy grail of automation has always been to provide a system that uses a central database for metadata between traffic and master control. Since centralizing a database between business systems and master control/operations is easier said than done, the next best thing is to standardize on a communication schema for the exchange of mission-critical data.

 

Technology standards are needed to organize varying systems and technologies. While manufacturers offer the promise of tight integration between varying systems, they still offer varied proprietary systems. BXF changes that. The new open SMPTE schema standard levels the playing field for manufacturers. By enabling their systems to work within the protocol's framework, manufacturers can assure broadcasters of getting nonproprietary full-feature metadata conversions and messaging systems.

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An upcoming ATSC standard supports interactivity

An upcoming ATSC standard supports interactivity | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The killer app of computer interactivity, when considering popularity, is probably the Web browser. But interactivity requires more than just a browser; a rich user experience requires access to live and cached multimedia content as well as static pages. This month, we'll look at how these capabilities will be supported in an upcoming ATSC standard :

- Local interactivity with non-real-time services

- Receiver customization provides personalization

- Mobile devices support interactivity with other tools, too

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Update Alert: DaVinci Resolve 8.1: FCPX support, lots of little things

Update Alert: DaVinci Resolve 8.1: FCPX support, lots of little things | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The engineers over at Blackmagic Design continue their mad dash to update and upgrade DaVinci Resolve. The end of last week saw the release of Resolve 8.1. This comes after the huge 7 to 8 upgrade we saw earlier in the year but this incremental update to 8.1 adds some pretty significant features itself.

 

Probably the headline feature is support for Final Cut Pro X’s new XML format. Secondary to that but equally important to those using Resolve in a grading facility is better Avid Media Composer roundtripping and some FCP7 XML updates. Plus you can even use Resolve 8.1 as a go-between to move from FCPX to FCP& or maybe Media Composer to FCPX! That is if that need ever really arose. Read on for a list of changes and some experiments with roundtripping.

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H.264 encoding - CPU vs GPU: Nvidia CUDA, AMD Stream, Intel MediaSDK and x264

H.264 encoding - CPU vs GPU: Nvidia CUDA, AMD Stream, Intel MediaSDK and x264 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Video encoding is often thought to be the most common general public application for GPGPUs. We’ve decided to give you a roundup on performance, speed and quality of the various solutions!

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OVC 2011 Developer session : Standards for HTTP Adaptive Streaming

OVC 2011 Developer session : Standards for HTTP Adaptive Streaming | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

One of the most popular features of modern Flash players is the ability to adapt the bitrate of the streamed video to the available bandwidth, also called HTTP adaptive streaming. HTML5 browsers (with the notable exception of Safari, which supports Live Streaming) do not yet suport this feature because it has not been standardised yet in a codec-independent manner.

 

ISO/MPEG have developed the DASH specification, which may be applied in a codec-independent manner and therefore be a good option for HTML5.

 

While there are several solutions for HTTP adaptive streaming of MPEG video, none has been released for WebM, nor a standard set that works across media formats.

 

Experiments have been run in several frameworks for WebM to see how it can work in comparison to MPEG. This session gives the developers an opportunity to report on their experiences and to discuss how to move forward for standardisation across browsers and codecs.

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Inside Comcast's massive IP VOD network

Inside Comcast's massive IP VOD network | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Comcast subscribers might have noticed that the company has been putting a lot of effort to grow its video-on-demand (VOD) library, adding huge amounts of new movies for rental and ad-supported TV shows for viewers to catch up on. What they probably didn’t realize is that the increase in content is just one part of a massive restructuring of its network architecture that is shifting delivery from more than 100 locally distributed VOD servers to a more centralized, IP-based delivery system.

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DVB Approves Next Step for 3DTV

DVB Approves Next Step for 3DTV | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The DVB Project is pleased to announce that its Steering Board today approved the Commercial Requirements for a second 3DTV delivery system. Termed ‘Service Compatible’, the second system is a solution required by content deliverers that enables the 2D and 3D versions of a programme to be broadcast within the same video signal, so that new 3D televisions and next-generation STBs can receive 3D programmes, while consumers with existing 2D HDTV receivers and set-top boxes can watch the 2D version. This 2D picture will probably be either the left or right image of the ‘stereo pair’.

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What CDNs Are Missing

What CDNs Are Missing | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

What do next-generation delivery services available to content delivery network (CDN) providers share in common?

 

To best understand options, a CDN representative would need to discuss key features with representatives from leading video server platform vendors, then compare notes, run pilot programs, and then launch the feature to the CDN's customers. Or they could've just attended the Applications Trends panel at the 2011 Content Delivery Summit Europe, held at Hilton London Olympia earlier this week.

 

Representatives from Adobe, Codeshop, Flumotion, Real, and Wowza explored commonalities and additional requests from CDN service providers seeking to push the envelope of video delivery services.

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Project X₂7 : Move a Final Cut Pro X Project to Final Cut Pro 7 and beyond!

Project X₂7 : Move a Final Cut Pro X Project to Final Cut Pro 7 and beyond! | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Project X₂7 - an import translator for Final Cut Pro 7 - translates the brand new Final Cut Pro X Project XML (fcpxml) and converts it for import into Final Cut Pro 7. Your Final Cut Pro X Project becomes a Final Cut Pro 7 Sequence, in a new or existing project.

 

Project X₂7 (Project 10 to 7) allows you to take your Final Cut Pro X timeline (Project) to Final Cut Pro 7, Color, Adobe Premiere Pro (and then via dynamic link to After Effects) or other Final Cut Pro 7 XML workflow tools.

 

Via Final Cut Pro 7 you can also link to Soundtrack Pro (sadly Soundtrack Pro's project format has never been published), to Motion 4, or to OMF output for ProTools.

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UltraViolet reviewers hate Hollywood's digital locker

UltraViolet reviewers hate Hollywood's digital locker | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Talk about a bad first impression: The first two Blu-ray discs featuring Hollywood’s new UltraViolet cloud locker have been met with a lot of criticism from consumers, who have been calling the technology an “awful move,” “bogus,” a “joke” and a bunch of other things we can’t reprint here in numerous reviews on Amazon.com. Many consumers took issue with the fact that they couldn’t download the digital version onto their iPad, and one wrote: “All I can say is that their digital cloud is a bunch of hot air that smells REALLY bad.

 

”UltraViolet is Hollywood’s attempt to prolong the life of its physical disc business, create an alternative to digital movie rentals and sales through Apple’s iTunes store and at the same time curtail piracy by controlling what users can do with downloaded copies and cloud-hosted versions of a movie.

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iPad 2 brings mobile to TV via iOS5

iPad 2 brings mobile to TV via iOS5 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

In all the excitement of the iPhone 4S launch, with iCloud and the new iOS 5 operating system, Apple quietly introduced a game-changing feature that would be very welcome to almost all mobile TV fans.

 

Previously, the iPad could send a video to an Apple TV unit using AirPlay, the built-in iOS feature that allows users to stream content from an iPad to an Apple TV. It worked great, although it was somewhat limited. It only worked with a limited number of apps, such as the YouTube app, but it was pretty amazing to sit back and run the show with a mobile device.

 

The next step was when Apple introduced an HDMI cable for iPad 2. Now you could connect your HDTV and your iPad and show pretty much anything, even cooler.

 

This past week, Apple stepped it up again to allow AirPlay to now show anything on your iPad on an Apple TV, wirelessly. Think about it: Now over Wi-Fi you can show anything on your iPad to a whole room of viewers. The mobile TV experience can now go broader with just a click.

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Flumotion wins sixth Streaming Media Award

Flumotion wins sixth Streaming Media Award | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The winners of Streaming Media European Readers Choice Awards were announced last night at a special Reception at the Streaming Media Europe conference and Expo in London.

 

Over 14,300 votes were cast in just six weeks this autumn when voting opened, and Streaming Media Editor, Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, commented, ”This year’s winners reflect the best of online video in 2011. The fact that the winners include both veterans and relative newcomers proves that, not only is online video as strong as ever, but it continues to grow and companies both old and new are innovating at a pace we’ve never seen before.”

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BBC R&D - Dual Screen Experiences: the Secret Fortune Pilot and the Sync API

BBC R&D - Dual Screen Experiences: the Secret Fortune Pilot and the Sync API | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

In that earlier blog post, I mention that technologies exist that are already being used to synchronise media on mobile devices to television programmes, such as audio fingerprinting and watermarking, video fingerprinting and watermarking and delivering synchronisation information via the Internet. The advantage of all these solutions is that they require no modifications to the set-top box or television. A common disadvantage is that content on other devices can only follow what happens on the television, and not vice-versa. In the longer term, we believe that a technology like Universal Control offers very significant advantages in this regard, but we recently took advantage of an opportunity to work with colleagues from across the BBC to investigate some of these existing methods of synchronisation, to see what kinds of "dual screen" experience might be possible today.

 

Our most significant contribution to the work has been an API to permit the developers of dual-screen applications to ignore the details of specific synchronisation technologies. It provides a standard interface, behind which any number of information sources may be working (individually or together) to provide the application with information about what programme the user is watching (if any), and what events are occurring in it that might trigger synchronised behaviour. This approach helps the BBC avoid getting locked into using the technology of a specific supplier, and helps "future-proof" applications: as new synchronisation technologies become available, little or no extra effort is likely to be required for existing applications to be able to make use of them. (Of course, one of the sources of information could be a Universal Control server on the set-top box...)

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Content supply chain management software makes secure, file-based B2B exchanges a reality

Content supply chain management software makes secure, file-based B2B exchanges a reality | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The global economic crisis has had some interesting effects on the media business, one of which is the continuing decentralization of many production and post-production processes that have traditionally been handled in-house. Driven to reduce costs and empowered by newly digital, file-based workflows, large media companies are increasingly outsourcing functions such as editing and language dubbing/subtitling to freelancers and small “mom-and-pop” outfits — many of whom are highly specialized and geographically dispersed. The ability to exchange high-value media assets securely and efficiently with business partners outside the enterprise has always been important, but the task has become more complicated as these boutique enterprises join the workflow.

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Ice Cream Sandwich supports WebM streaming, MKVs

Ice Cream Sandwich supports WebM streaming, MKVs | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Here’s a small nugget about Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, that hasn’t gotten much play yet: The mobile OS now natively supports the playback of MKV files as well as streaming of Google’s WebM video format (hat tip to Richard Lawler). The changes were announced through an updated list of supported media formats on the Android developer website.

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