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Monitoring innovations in post-production, head-end, streaming, OTT, second-screen, UHDTV, multiscreen strategies & tools
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zeebox - a new way to watch television

zeebox - a new way to watch television | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

zeebox is the new way to watch television. It's social, - connecting you to your TV - watching friends, so you can chat, share and tweet about whatever's on. And it's clever - helping you find out more about anything you're watching with links (zeetags) popping up instantly as you watch. Amazing.

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Tektronix launches QoE monitoring for ABR video

Tektronix launches QoE monitoring for ABR video | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Video monitoring specialist Tektronix has launched Sentry digital content monitoring, which is designed to enable cable operators to ensure the quality of live and on-demand services delivered using adaptive streaming through the identification and diagnosis of video and audio quality issues that can impact viewers’ quality of experience (QoE).

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Skytide Introduces Analytics for Federated CDNs [PR]

Skytide Introduces Analytics for Federated CDNs [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Skytide today introduced its Insight for Federated Content Delivery Networks analytics and reporting application, designed to address the unique challenges of measuring network performance across a CDN federation.

 

Foremost among its features and functionality to meet these challenges are Skytide Insight for Federated CDNs' ability to:

- Process the huge volumes of log file data that a CDN federation will generate — terabytes per day — and quickly transform it into finished reports.

- Provide the rich, multidimensional detail necessary to properly allocate costs and revenue, comply with SLAs, and supply the meaningful insights needed to operate an interconnected content delivery business.

- Enable service providers to supply their customers and business partners with secure portals that offer appropriate levels of data visibility at different points across the digital media supply chain.

- Accommodate rapidly evolving business models through a customizable and extensible architecture.

- Integrate with all leading CDN platforms including Cisco CDS-IS, HP SpeedVideo, Ericsson MDN, Velocix (Alcatel-Lucent), Juniper MFC, Broadpeak, and Jetstream.

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Hollywood DI, Avid, Blackmagic Design and Sony Preview Sony SR Codec Workflow at SMPTE

Hollywood DI, Avid, Blackmagic Design and Sony Preview Sony SR Codec Workflow at SMPTE | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Hollywood DI in conjunction with Sony Electronics, Avid and Blackmagic Design will provide a technology preview of the Sony SR Codec workflow at the SMPTE 2011 Technical Conference and Exhibition, Oct. 24-27 at Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa in Hollywood. Incorporating many of the latest SMPTE standards, Avid Media Composer editing software and Blackmagic Design’s color correction software, DaVinci Resolve deliver the benefits of a standards-based architecture.

 

Hollywood DI will demonstrate a cost-effective workflow for editing and coloring SR Codec digital content leveraging its FLOworks methodology.

Hollywood DI will conduct a technology preview of the interchange of SR Codec footage between Avid Media Composer and Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve. The demonstration footage was shot on Sony’s F65 CineAlta camera and converted to the SR Codec using the SRMASTER Recording system.

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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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AMWA draws up delivery spec

AMWA draws up delivery spec | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

A common specification for the delivery of programmes to multiple devices will be released by the Advanced Media Workfl ow Association (AMWA) next month.

 

AS-02, which has been in development since 2007, is designed for use by post-production facilities, broadcasters and distributors that face the challenge of distributing programmes to a variety of platforms.

 

AS-02 will be a specific way of using MXF (Material Exchange Format) with video codec that will support MPEG-2, H.264 and JPEG2000. It will also wrap multiple mono, stereo and surround audio tracks, and carry subtitles.

 

A statement from Avid described the spec as “a cornerstone of the future content creation paradigm”.

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Ensequence + Zeitera = A Compelling New Approach to ACR for Companion Apps

Ensequence + Zeitera = A Compelling New Approach to ACR for Companion Apps | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Recently, Ensequence and Zeiteraannounced a new partnership for companion app publishing using automatic content recognition (ACR). I found this quite intriguing. I couldn't recall any other ACR companies doing deals with ITV publishing companies. Something was different.

 

Before proceeding, let's refresh what this is about. ACR has become a buzzword of sorts and the lines describing various uses of automatic content recognition are starting to blur.

 

ACR--What It Is. ACR systems match the audio or video that a sensor is detecting with a database of known audio/video signatures or "fingerprints."

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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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