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Monitoring innovations in post-production, head-end, streaming, OTT, second-screen, UHDTV, multiscreen strategies & tools
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Final Cut Pro X from a Developer Perspective

Final Cut Pro X from a Developer Perspective | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Chris Kenny has been doing some delving and discovered that there are references to Python and AppleScript in the Final Cut Pro X app. This would be a big step up from the current method of sending commands via Apple Events.

There are also references to XML import and Final Cut Pro XML import, which implies that they will be two different formats. This makes sense, as the structure of FCPX projects has changed significantly (no more bins and no concept of tracks for instance) and there is a greater focus on metadata.

Neither of these are publicly accessible right now but they show that Apple has at least experimented with these functions and it is likely that they will be enabled in a future release. There has been speculation that import of FCP7 projects or XML may never come as the project formats are too different, but I think it's likely that we will at least see an FCPX-specific exchange format at some point in the future.
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Realizing CRM in the broadcast industry — by using the second screen [EBU whitepaper, PDF]

Realizing CRM in the broadcast industry — by using the second screen [EBU whitepaper, PDF] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Impressive whitepaper on using edge technologies to provide a quality feedback channel from TV second screen apps : audio watermarking, Node.js, Hadoop, Redis, Flume, Grails, Sqoop... all this in the Amazon EC2 cloud for scalability. Respect !

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Elemental Builds on Amazon’s GPU Computer Clusters

Elemental Builds on Amazon’s GPU Computer Clusters | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
The massively parallel transcoding company is one of the first to take advantage of Amazon's GPU cloud computing.
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ViXS Announces the First Network Media Processor with Quad Transcoding and Integrated MoCA®

ViXS Announces the First Network Media Processor with Quad Transcoding and Integrated MoCA® | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Key features in the XCode® 5195 are:

- High level of concurrency allowing customers to enable whole home DVR; place-shifting; and content consumption on Apple iPad™ and other tablet and mobile devices
- Real-time HD to HD transcoding, trans-wrapping, and transcryption of up to 4 simultaneous HD streams to serve multiple Internet Protocol (IP) based devices within the home
- Faster than real-time transcode on stored content
- Advanced security processor architecture to enable security for leading digital rights management providers (DRM), Conditional Access providers (CA), and leading broadcast operators
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Beta VLC Media Player for HLS by Anevia

Beta VLC Media Player for HLS by Anevia | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
As there were no free Windows PC video player compatible with HLS format, Anevia decided to co-sponsor the development of the HLS client within VLC Media Player. It will be officially integrated in release 1.2.0, which will mark the 10th birthday of this great open-source software.
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A Few Recent iOS Apps for Post-Production

A Few Recent iOS Apps for Post-Production | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
There have been a couple of iOS apps introduced recently that might be of interest to those working in post. One aims to control your NLE as you kick back on the couch for viewing a cut, one is an update to an ever useful timecode calculator and one is a rather specialized color grading tool. There can probably never be enough iOS apps for post, so I welcome them all, especially the useful ones.

One more : Chromagic (http://www.studiodaily.com/blog/?p=6527)
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Imagine Communications Enters TV Anywhere Market With ICE Streaming System

Imagine Communications Enters TV Anywhere Market With ICE Streaming System | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The ICE Streaming System is based on Imagine's widely deployed ICE Video Platform, which today serves thousands of live streams to over half of all US digital cable subscribers and is recognized as the industry's most powerful multi-codec, multi-rate, multi-resolution video processing platform. A fully integrated, high-density solution, the ICE Streaming System boasts support for up to 1000 stream-aligned multi-profile transcodes from a single carrier-class blade system platform.

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The future of TV is social & the revolution is coming!

The future of TV is social & the revolution is coming! | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Named last year as one of the ten most important emerging technologies by the MIT Technology Review social TV is fast rising as one of the hottest topics since group buying. Ynon Kreiz, CEO of the Endemol group the largest independent production company in the world responsible for Big brother said Social TV is going to be huge.
“The ability to create content that will enable people to interface with each other, to connect, to recommend, to share and experience over television, is going to change the landscape of the industry.”
But will social TV really live up to the hype? In this article we take a look at what social TV is, what the main trends are shaping TV, the challenges and the opportunities going forwards for media companies, businesses and marketers alike.
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Panache Introduces Interactive Ads in HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)

Panache Introduces Interactive Ads in HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Video ad technology provider Panache is introducing the ability to insert interactive ad overlays in HTTP live streaming (HLS) content delivered to iOS and Android connected devices. Panache is announcing the capability at ELEVATE: Online Video Advertising Summit. Panache CEO Steve Robinson, who briefed me last week on the capability, sees this as primarily supporting dynamic ad insertion into live television streams that would be simulcast to devices.

Watch video here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isWZrNRSCoo
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Immersive audio systems explored

Immersive audio systems explored | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Broadcasters are exploring immersive audio systems to keep pace with the advances made in 3DTV and higher resolution displays.

Stefan Meltzer a technical consultant who represents the Fraunhofer IIS at DVB level says there are different degrees of interest among European broadcasters about adding a third dimension to audio.

“The big question is how to do it technically and also how many additional speakers will user’s accept,” he says.

Pieter Schillebeeckx, head of R&D at Soundfield has met with broadcasters who have moved from SD to HD and 3D on the video side but “feel the audio has stagnated at 5.1 and they are asking what next?” he says.

The 5.1 surround format has its limitations, the most obvious being reproduction of audio restricted to the horizontal plane. The 7.1 format adds two further channels in an attempt to improve the sense of envelopment in the horizontal plane, but again does not reproduce a sensation of height.

“There are problems with discrete channel formats such as 5.1, including the effect of non-standard speaker layouts at the user’s end which are beyond the control of the broadcaster,” says BBC R&D’s Chris Dunn.

The next generation of Dolby’s audio format Dolby Digital Plus (DD+), is capable of providing channel configurations in 7.1, 9.1, even to 22.2. The latest DVB transmission systems also include this capability supporting DD+ and HE-AAC/AAC. The BBC for example is using AAC and HE-AAC for Freeview HD. AAC/HE-AAC supports in its bit stream up to 48 channels.
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Google's WebRTC Will Bring Real-Time Communications To The Browser

Google's WebRTC Will Bring Real-Time Communications To The Browser | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The WebRTc project by Google aims to enable web browsers with RTC capabilities over JavaScript APIs. For me this may just be the incentive to pick up JavaScript again. For FMS this means even more pressure outside its core function of streaming video.

Some key points and features about WebRTC:
- NAT and firewall traversal
- choice of protocols such as SIP, XMPP and others
- VP8 video
- iSAC, G.711, G.722 and iLBC audio codecs
- acoustic echo cancellation (AEC), automatic gain control (AGC), noise reduction, noise suppression and hardware access
- license allows use of other codecs
- Google Talk will move to WebRTC
- royalty free use of all included codecs

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SMPTE makes closed-captioning standard freely available for online video

SMPTE makes closed-captioning standard freely available for online video | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) announced on May 3 that it will make its standard for closed-captioning of online video content (known as SMPTE Timed Text and by the designation SMPTE 2052) available free of charge.

The announcement comes as the FCC prepares to move on adopting rules to give those with disabilities access to Internet video content with closed captioning.
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The BBC Debuts Experimental Semantic Programming Guide

The BBC Debuts Experimental Semantic Programming Guide | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
The BBC’s R&D department unveiled an interesting take on the traditional electronic programming guide (EPG) this week that allows viewers to search for people, places and things across tens of thousands of movies and TV show episodes. Channelography is based on captions of close to 170,000 pieces of programming shown across the BBC’s nine U.K.-wide TV networks, which can be searched for close to 100,000 data entities.
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Getting Started with HTTP Dynamic Streaming

Getting Started with HTTP Dynamic Streaming | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
As described in the first post in this series: What is Dynamic Streaming?, HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) allows for the delivery of streaming content over the HTTP protocol. Streaming video over HTTP requires some knowledge and preparation. The following is a rundown and description for each of the components involved with HTTP streaming.
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GPU Encoding in Expression Encoder 4 Pro SP1

GPU Encoding in Expression Encoder 4 Pro SP1 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Best practices for using Nvidia CUDA-accelerated GPUs for encoding in Expression Encoder Pro, which integrates MainConcept H.264 CUDA encoder SDK.
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Dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP (DASH) Specification [.doc]

Dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP (DASH) Specification [.doc] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

This part of ISO/IEC 23001 specifies formats for adaptive streaming delivery of MPEG media over HTTP. This International Standard is applicable to streaming services over the Internet.

This specification primarily defines two formats:
- The Media Presentation Description (MPD) describes a Media Presentation, i.e. a bounded or unbounded presentation of media content. In particular, it defines formats to announce resource identifiers for Segments and to provide the context for these identified resources within a Media Presentation. In the context of this specification, the resource identifiers are exclusively HTTP-URLs, i.e. URLs with a fixed scheme as defined in RFC 3986 of “http://” or “https://”. However, this specification additionally enables the restriction of these URLs by a byte range attribute.
- The Segment formats specify the formats of the entity body of the request response when issuing a HTTP GET request or a partial HTTP GET with the indicated byte range through HTTP/1.1 as defined in RFC 2616 to a resource identified in the MPD.

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Affine Launches Video Analysis Tool for Advertisers

Affine Launches Video Analysis Tool for Advertisers | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Frame-by-frame classification platform lets ad buyers be sure they're buying time on safe and relevant content.
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ZiiLABS demonstrate accelerated 1080p VP8 decoding implementation running on ZMS-20 ARM Cortex-A9 processor

ZiiLABS demonstrate accelerated 1080p VP8 decoding implementation running on ZMS-20 ARM Cortex-A9 processor | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The rapid introduction and availability of the VP8 decoder for the ZMS processors highlights just how easily the performance of the underlying StemCell Computing architecture can be leveraged to support rapidly emerging industry standards such as VP8 and the WebM format. The optimized VP8 implementation takes full advantage of the programmability and performance of the ZMS processors' StemCell media array to deliver smooth playback of WebM content at resolutions up to 1080p.

Video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn_gjsz87ec

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Tektronix Shows Off Sentry's Advanced Capabilities

Tektronix Shows Off Sentry's Advanced Capabilities | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Tektronix, the leading provider of digital content monitoring solutions, will demonstrate the advanced capabilities of its award-winning Sentry digital content monitor in the CableNET Pavilion of The Cable Show, June 14-16 in Chicago. This year's demonstrations will include Sentry's unique Perceptual Video Quality (PVQ) scoring system and Sentry's ability to monitor enhanced television (ETV) and advanced advertising applications based on the increasingly popular Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF).

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Innovations Aim to Reduce Adaptive Streaming Hassles

Innovations Aim to Reduce Adaptive Streaming Hassles | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

New developments facilitating use of adaptive streaming for delivering premium TV content over broadband connections could go a long way toward accelerating the emergence of IP-based multi-device services.

While adaptive streaming (AS) is becoming a mainstay in over-the-top video distribution through outlets like Apple, Google, Netflix and many other Web-based aggregators, its viability as a support mechanism for subscription TV service is at issue. Service providers are impeded by uncertainties as to what the quality-of-service ramifications are and by the difficulties of putting together an easy-to-manage delivery platform suited to securing and formatting content for all types of devices.

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Post-it sized computer does dual HD decoding (video)

Post-it sized computer does dual HD decoding (video) | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
We've seen some tiny PCs, but the (deep breath) Habey SOM-6670 E6XX Tunnel Creek QSeven computer module (phew...) has managed to impress even this crew of jaded tech bloggers. The tiny, Post-it sized board carries an embedded E600 series Atom processor which features the GMA600 integrated GPU -- the same HD video decoding core at work in the Boxee Box and Logitech Revue. This little guy is capable of handling not one, but two 1080p videos at once.
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Verimatrix's next-gen watermarking will encourage early release windows

Verimatrix's next-gen watermarking will encourage early release windows | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Verimatrix has announced a patent-pending, user-specific forensic watermarking solution designed to encourage earlier VOD windows. Called StreamMark, it uses an efficient server-side embedding process to uniquely mark compressed video files during delivery, even if the video files are encrypted.

Additional article on the same topic : http://www.v-net.tv/blog.aspx?id=827

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OSMF now supports multiple audio tracks for HTTP Dynamic Streaming

OSMF now supports multiple audio tracks for HTTP Dynamic Streaming | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The OSMF team has just released the latest sprint drop for OSMF 1.6, Sprint 5, and the key new feature is support for multiple audio tracks for HTTP Dynamic Streaming, often referred to as “late-binding audio.” This feature allows publishers to associate multiple audio-only streams with a particular video and present these as alternate audio tracks to the consumer.

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BT to embrace IPTV as it upgrades broadband network to multicast

BT to embrace IPTV as it upgrades broadband network to multicast | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

BT's network about to become very video-friendly

British Telecom will change the bulk of its broadband network to use multicast routers as from next year – this will mean that full IPTV services, using quality of service protocols, could then be launched for the first time on the BT network.

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Hybridcast “Dual Stream” promises broadcast Full HD 3D

Hybridcast “Dual Stream” promises broadcast Full HD 3D | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
While there are an increasing number of broadcast TV channels offering 3D HD content, so far the limitations of side-by-side transmission means that resolution tops out at 720p, rather than Full HD 1080p. The engineers at the Japanese NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories reckon they’ve got the solution, TechOn reports, with their Hybridcast “Dual Stream” 3D system, pairing broadcast with a sync’d IPTV feed.
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