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Monitoring innovations in post-production, head-end, streaming, OTT, second-screen, UHDTV, multiscreen strategies & tools
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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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@Asperasoft On-Demand for Amazon's @AWScloud Services "Direct-to-S3"

@Asperasoft On-Demand for Amazon's @AWScloud Services "Direct-to-S3" | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

"Direct-to-S3": High Performance Data Transport for AWS 

 

"Aspera’s patented fasp™ technology is a next-generation transport protocol that eliminates the latency and packet loss bottlenecks of traditional file transfer paradigms such as FTP, HTTP, NFS and CIFS. By enabling high performance fasp data transport to, from and between remote cloud infrastructures, Aspera On-Demand allows AWS users to fully realize the scalability, efficiency gains and cost savings offered by the EC2 and S3 platforms.

 

With Aspera On-Demand for AWS, users have the freedom to transfer files at their full bandwidth capacity – hundreds of times faster than conventional technologies – with the assurance that highly valuable content will be moved and stored reliably, in total security."


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Smart TV: who will lead the disruption?

Smart TV: who will lead the disruption? | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Will Smart TV be the same revolution that Smart Phone was for the mobile handset? Is it more an incremental innovation? If the business game welcomes new rules and new entrants, who will be the leader of this disruption? Let’s see how innovation management techniques can help us understand the current evolution of the TV industry, and determine what key assets the leader should shape.

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iOS DRM : implementing content protection on iOS devices

iOS DRM : implementing content protection on iOS devices | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Development of professional video applications for iOS devices (iPhone/iPad) is often associated with implementing reliable tools for content protection. Otherwise, the copyright holders would scarcely entrust their professional video content to your application. In this post, we will brief you on the technicalities of implementing DRM for video services run by iOS devices.

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Towards the next level of production

Towards the next level of production | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Are integrated production architectures mature for commodity use, and will 1080p50/60 HDTV become mainstream? David Wood and Hans Hoffmann, who lead the EBU’s technical department, look at likely short- and mid-term developments.

 

For a number of years two major trends have emerged in programme production. The first is the development of digital workflows that improve production efficiency and reduce costs through flexible, commodity IT-based production architectures.

 

Current equipment can be made interoperable using the ‘media orchestration system’, with a FIMS adapter that converts the capturing or processing device interface to a common interface standard. New equipment can include the FIMS interface; the specification is now ready.

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AMWA, EBU, SMPTE Announce Groundbreaking Collaboration To Drive Future Media Standards & Interoperability Across Digital Media Ecosystem

AMWA, EBU, SMPTE Announce Groundbreaking Collaboration To Drive Future Media Standards & Interoperability Across Digital Media Ecosystem | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

With the digital media ecosystem remaking business models and putting a greater premium on operational efficiency than ever, the industry’s leading advocates for user-requirements identification, business-driven solutions, and worldwide standards – the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), the European Broadcast Union (EBU), and the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) – today announced that they will work together to accelerate their respective efforts at driving interoperability and delivering efficient media workflows.

 

FIMS Task Force Output Moving Toward Formalization


The EBU and the AMWA also announced today that the output of the Framework for Interoperable Media Service (FIMS) Joint Task Force will be submitted to SMPTE after formalization by AMWA and EBU. The organizations formed the task force in 2009 to address system integration issues in modern and complex TV production environments and recently demonstrated some early capabilities this effort at IBC 2011.

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nanocosmos nanoStream Live Video Encoder supports VP8 and 3D stereoscopic live encoding

nanocosmos nanoStream Live Video Encoder supports VP8 and 3D stereoscopic live encoding | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

nanoStream Live Video Encoder

is a video capture and encoding software for streaming live video and audio to internet based media servers and other network clients. nanoStream is compatible to latest generation internet video encoding standards and supports Flash and iPod compatible H.264 encoding modes, from low resolution mobile video up to Full HD highest quality video streaming.

 

Several Extensions are available, for 3d stereoscopic video encoding and streaming from multiple camera views, and additional coding formats; WindowsMedia, MPEG-2 and VP8.

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Dolby Surround Sound Delivered to Connected Digital Home Devices with Adobe AIR

Dolby Surround Sound Delivered to Connected Digital Home Devices with Adobe AIR | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Dolby Laboratories today announced that Adobe AIR 3 will support Dolby Digital Plus to deliver surround sound to connected devices including televisions, set-top boxes, and Blu-ray Disc players. Content aggregators will be able to build Flash-based applications that deliver the complete high-definition entertainment experience with HD video and multichannel Dolby surround sound.

 

Adobe AIR 3 supports streaming of HD video with Dolby Digital Plus for up to 7.1 channels on select connected televisions, Blu-ray Disc players, and set-top boxes.

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Adobe Advances Entertainment Apps for TVs : available on Samsung SmartTVs, coming to LG, TiVo and others

Adobe Advances Entertainment Apps for TVs : available on Samsung SmartTVs, coming to LG, TiVo and others | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

AIR Apps available on Samsung SmartTVs, coming to Digital Home devices from LG, TiVo and others; Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 available today

 

At its MAX 2011 technology conference, Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced that LG and TiVo have become the latest partners to bring AdobeFlash-based applications via Adobe AIR to connected TVs and digital home devices. Content partners can now take advantage of AIR to deliver Flash-based console-quality gaming and premium video across TVs, Blu-Ray players and set-top boxes.

 

With the AIR SDK, Flash Builder and Flash Professional CS5.5 software, developers can build new applications for connected digital home devices or extend existing Flash-based experiences from desktops and mobile devices to TVs. AIR 3 brings a series of advancements to TVs including full hardware-accelerated rendering for 2D and 3D graphics to enable console-quality gaming applications. Content publishers are able to deliver HD videos with Dolby and DTS 7.1 channel surround sound for full support of home theater systems.

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Using FFprobe for stream analysis

Using FFprobe for stream analysis | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

You can easily extract bitrate data and frame types (I,P,B) using FFprobe (FFmpeg based).

 

Just install the SVN-r92 FFprobe version and run it manually : ./ffprobe -show_frames -pretty two_pass.mp4

 

After the probe, you can render the results with GNUplot.

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DTG approves UK HbbTV spec

DTG approves UK HbbTV spec | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The Digital TV Group (DTG) has given its approval to HbbTV-based connected TV hybrid products and services as part of the 7th edition of the ‘D-Book, the detailed interoperability specification for UK digital terrestrial television.

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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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The BBC project that could make TV a lot more interactive

The BBC project that could make TV a lot more interactive | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

While many people already play around with their mobile phones or tablets while watching TV, perhaps following discussion about the show on Twitter, the BBC is doing some fascinating R&D work which could help mobile devices become more useful ‘second screens’ for television.

 

The Orchestrated Media project is working to display relevant, supporting content for the show you’re watching, in sync with the show. So, a documentary on dinosaurs may display information about the beasts currently depicted on screen, or a news broadcast could display detailed information about the current story without you having to look for it.

 

The BBC’s Jerry Kramskoy has told us a little more about the technology behind Orchestrated Media: “Audio watermarking works by striping the audio in the content, which is broadcast. The companion device listens out for this to sync up. So this is a one-way flow of sync … the TV is the master, the companion the slave … always. This means the companion cannot control the TV.

“To make the TV content follow the companion device content, as in the Autumnwatch video on my blog, requires s/w in the TV that the companion talks to, to allow the companion to be the master when it wants. This latter scenario is whate we refer to as symmetric sync, and the TV and companion are in a peer-to-peer relationship, whereas the previous one-way sync we refer to as asymmetric sync, where the TV and companion are in a mster-slave relationship. Standardisation is necessary around what and how features are exposed by the TV to support symmetric sync”

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Hi Nicolas. Great work! Are you aware that A Broader View posts the work you spend so much time on, on his Facebook page without giving you credit? He does this to others also. He has a very high Klout score by taking the work of others. I feel it is fine for people to use anyone else's work, but they should give credit. Do you agree?
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Many people work hard on their curation but you boost your Klout score via Facebook without giving credit to the authors or curators. Do you not realise that this is wrong? It is a compliment to the authors if you give them credit. It is plagiarism in its basest form to gain credit from the work of others without giving it. You are obviously a smart man so surely know this already
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Fabio Sonnati's presentation at MAX2011 is available on Adobe TV

Fabio Sonnati's presentation at MAX2011 is available on Adobe TV | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Finally the recording of my presentation at MAX2011 (Encoding for performance on multiple devices) is available on Adobe TV.

 

You can also download the pdf version here. My using of FFmpeg for repurposing the streams of FMS has attracted quite a lot of interest and attention. I’m planning to extend the series of article dedicated to FFmpeg and also to transform it in a permanent knowledge-base on FFmpeg and related best-practices.

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IBC interview : Lars Lauritzen (never.no) - Tour de France app points way for live companion sync

IBC interview : Lars Lauritzen (never.no) - Tour de France app points way for live companion sync | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Speaking at IBC2011, Lars Lauritzen, CEO of never.no, explains how his company helped TV2 of Norway create a real-time synchronised companion experience to accompany its Tour de France coverage. He says broadcasters are excited about the potential for two-screen productions and the way it can engage audiences, exploiting consumer interest in tablets and smartphones. The real excitement has yet to come, however, when the potential of synchronized companion advertising becomes obvious.

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MAX 2011 Develop - Developing the Samsung Smart TV Application with Adobe AIR for TV on Adobe TV

MAX 2011 Develop  - Developing the Samsung Smart TV Application with Adobe AIR for TV  on Adobe TV | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Join the Samsung team for an introduction to the Samsung Smart TV platform. Hear about how to make AIR for TV applications for Samsung Smart TV and how to deploy to Samsung Smart TV.
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IBC: Android STB makes it easy to ‘open up’ TV service

IBC: Android STB makes it easy to ‘open up’ TV service | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Android set-top boxes provide a simple and cost-effective way to make popular apps that consumers are used to seeing on tablets and mobiles available on TV. At IBC2011, EchoStar Europe was demonstrating how the Angry Birds game and the IMDb (Internet Movie Database) can be incorporated into a digital TV service, while at the same time demonstrating how a new generation of pure IP set-top boxes, including a Blackberry smartphone sized device, can be used as thin clients in a multi-room architecture.

 

The HDX-200 shown at IBC was a demonstration platform; the product will be commercialised within the next year. The Android operating system is only one ‘middleware’ option for this device but clearly an interesting one. Android is effectively the middleware, sitting on top of Linux. Mark Goodburn, Director of Marketing and Communications at EchoStar Europe, pointed out that applications developed for the mobile and tablet market can now be made available for the TV without having to rewrite them. And he added: “Some operators have their own applications and are delivering those to smart TVs already, and they also want to deliver them to set-top boxes.”

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Intel Engineer Ports QuickSync Video Decoding to FFDShow

Intel Engineer Ports QuickSync Video Decoding to FFDShow | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

An Intel engineer by the name of Eric Gur started an AVSForum thread indicating he had begun work on enabling Quick Sync support in FFDShow's video decoder. Quick Sync is typically known as Intel's hardware accelerated transcoding engine found in Sandy Bridge, however there are both encode and decode aspects to the engine. Gur's work focuses on the latter.

 

To access Intel's hardware video decode acceleration application developers typically turn to the DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) API. Sandy Bridge's hardware decode engine interfaces with DXVA and can return decoded frames not run on the x86 CPU cores. As we've lamented in the past, open source DXVA decoders haven't typically worked all that great for Sandy Bridge (or previous generation Intel GPUs, for that matter). FFDShow users have often avoided DXVA solutions as they can't be used with any custom post processing FFDShow filters.

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DRM-Curious? You Can Create An UltraViolet Account Now

DRM-Curious? You Can Create An UltraViolet Account Now | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

You may remember the “one DRM to rule them all” we heard about last year, UltraViolet. It’s essentially a DRM scheme that all the heavy hitters are getting behind, from device makers to content creators to distributors. Everyone, that is, except for one 800-pound media gorilla: Apple.

 

The last we heard of it was over a year ago, with nary a peep since then except the odd mention here or there and a more official debut at CES. But it seems that the sleeping giant wakes, as they’ve opened up registration for UltraViolet accounts. I’ve gone ahead and made one so you don’t have to if you just want to see what it looks like in there.

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Highwinds Licensed CDN Lays Groundwork for CDN Federation

Highwinds Licensed CDN Lays Groundwork for CDN Federation | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Highwinds today announced the expansion of its managed services portfolio to include a Licensed CDN (content delivery network) offering for ISPs, telcos and MSOs. It enables last-mile providers to create new CDN-based revenue streams by delivering advanced CDN capabilities to their customers, while alleviating the strain over-the-top (OTT) content is putting on their networks. Highwinds Licensed CDN was architected to support the Federated CDN model and allows providers to rapidly and seamlessly transition between Highwinds' multiple CDN solution tiers - reselling, managed hosting and licensing.

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DTS Sound Experience Coming Soon to Adobe AIR-Enabled Connected TVs and Blu-ray Players

DTS Sound Experience Coming Soon to Adobe AIR-Enabled Connected TVs and Blu-ray Players | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

DTS announced today its collaboration with Adobe to bring the DTS surround sound experience to upcoming connected TVs and Blu-ray Players powered by Adobe AIR 3. Adobe’s latest version of AIR, released today, will enable Flash-based application experiences with high definition (HD) video and up to 7.1 channels of best-in-class DTS surround sound. This premium experience will be demonstrated at Adobe MAX, Adobe’s annual developer conference, which kicked off today.

 

AIR 3 is able to deliver all profiles of the DTS-HD codec, from higher bit-rate DTS-HD Master Audio, down to the extremely efficient DTS Express, optimized for “over-the-top” and web-connected ecosystems. DTS Express provides content distributors with the ability to deliver stereo, 5.1, and 7.1 surround sound at superior quality and flexibility, with bitrates ranging from 48 kbps up to 512 kbps, a “sweet-spot” for connected entertainment.

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Broadcasters must dominate synchronized companion apps

Broadcasters must dominate synchronized companion apps | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Norwegian broadcaster TV 2 has been demonstrating how you can engage audiences not just on one screen but across two screens at the same time, using a companion app that synchronizes what viewers see on a tablet and smartphones with content on the main TV. A dedicated Tour de France app for iOS and Android devices enabled viewers to watch the world’s No.1 cycling event live on television while using the companion screens to explore additional information about riders, contribute comments to a live ‘chat’ feed that was shown on the tablet, vote in polls and take part in competitions.

 

In this kind of real-time experience, the never.no interactivity suite is directly coupled with the broadcast playout systems and ‘listens’ to events in the live broadcast and fires off triggers to a Content Delivery Network to determine what functionality the second screen will show at any time. In the case of TV 2 Tour de France, the companion app, which was downloaded by consumers ahead of the event, was dedicated to the cycling coverage. But other broadcasters might choose to create a general companion app that encompasses all their programming to support synchronized experiences when needed.

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Dutch Public Broadcasting Company Investigates WebM Viability

Dutch Public Broadcasting Company Investigates WebM Viability | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

So, anyone remember WebM? A reader emailed me about a pilot study (in English!) performed by a collaboration between the NPO (the Dutch version of the BBC, basically) and TNO (the largest research institution in The Netherlands, often employed by our government) into the viability of using WebM and associated tools instead of H.264 and associated tools, including the perceived quality of VP8. The outcome of the pilot shouldn't surprise anyone - the toolchain needs work, WebM itself isn't there yet, but the future looks bright.

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IneoQuest Innovates Industry-First Multiscreen Video QoS and QoE ... [Marketing video]

IneoQuest Innovates Industry-First Multiscreen Video QoS and QoE ... [Marketing video] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

IneoQuest offers the industry’s first true end-to-end QoS and QoE assurance solution for multi-screen video deployments. By monitoring in key locations across headends, CDN’s and from within the end-client device, IneoQuest gives service and content providers real-time monitoring and business intelligence capabilities for their multi-screen and OTT video services. The IneoQuest solution utilizes many key metrics, including the patented VeriStream technology: the industry’s first QoS metric designed specifically for internet and mobile video using adaptive streaming technology.

 

This video is relevant for anyone involved in deploying OTT and multiscreen video, from network architects, to operators, to engineers, and executives.

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BBC - Research and Development: Orchestrated media-based TV - gazing into the future

BBC - Research and Development: Orchestrated media-based TV - gazing into the future | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

How does it work?

Orchestration employs synchronisation between the TV (radio) and companion devices (typically mobile, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops). Synchronisation ranges from continuous (such as following a broadcast game) to one-shot (here's some Web content about this show). Two different modes of synchronisation are used. Asymmetric synchronisation causes the companion content to sync to the TV (radio) content. Symmetric synchronisation supports this, but also the TV sync'ing its content (catch-up, VoD) to the companion content.

 

Dual-screen orchestration employs asymmetric synchronisation either based on audio watermarking or on IP-delivered events. My colleague Steve Jolly is shortly blogging about technical aspects we contributed to this pilot. In fact, we've been doing so much work around Orchestrated Media, Steve and I are going to need to blog about it in a few separate posts. Today's post will look at some of the background to our thinking, how media is orchestrated and our work to date.

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