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Monitoring innovations in post-production, head-end, streaming, OTT, second-screen, UHDTV, multiscreen strategies & tools
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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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HVX/P2/MXF Media in Linux

HVX/P2/MXF Media in Linux | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

FFMPEG supports MXF, but apparently not the packaged MXF files that are stored on the P2 cards. There is a handy C++ library and accompanying tools from www.freemxf.org, that can do a handful of operations on MXF files.

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Introducing 3D WebM Support with NVIDIA 3D Vision

Introducing 3D WebM Support with NVIDIA 3D Vision | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Spearheaded by Hollywood, there has been growing interest in the past year to provide immersive 3D movie-viewing experiences on the web. At the same time, the number and quality of 3D-capable video camcorders on the market is growing fast, resulting in more 3D content creation. In parallel, adoption of WebM video in HTML5 has also increased. For NVIDIA, these trends highlighted the need for a solution that would enable users to watch 3D WebM videos on the web.

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Beyond HTML5 : Web Real-Time Communication @ Ericsson Labs

Beyond HTML5 :  Web Real-Time Communication @ Ericsson Labs | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Get early access to experimental browser features for real-time voice and video communication.
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Verimatrix Looks to MPEG-DASH, UltraViolet to Support Interoperability Across Video Distribution Platforms

Verimatrix Looks to MPEG-DASH, UltraViolet to Support Interoperability Across Video Distribution Platforms | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Initiative promises efficiency gains for multi-screen service operations.

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Sharp Unveils World's First Super Hi-Vision HDTV [VIDEO]

Sharp Unveils World's First Super Hi-Vision HDTV [VIDEO] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Sharp and NHK are showing off the world's first Super Hi-Vision display, pointing the way to a future where high definition TV will be many times sharper than the HDTV we're familiar with today (33-megapixel screen made up of 7,680 x 4,320 pixels).

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A dream comes true: H.264 encoding into Flash Player 11

A dream comes true: H.264 encoding into Flash Player 11 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

var h264Settings:H264VideoStreamSettings = new H264VideoStreamSettings();
h264Settings.setProfileLevel(H264Profile.BASELINE, H264Level.LEVEL_2);
stream.videoStreamSettings = h264Settings;

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Re-Thinking User Interface Design for the TV Platform

Re-Thinking User Interface Design for the TV Platform | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Think you have finally mastered user interfaces? Ha. Think again. The next big thing is Internet TV, but the difficulty of operating these sites with a handheld remote hampers its adoption. Our job as developers is to modify our UIs to provide access to our features and content, yet also remaining familiar to users accustomed to the simplicity of cable television interfaces. This turns out to be a very hard problem.

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Pablo Barrón's curator insight, October 22, 4:34 PM

Televisión interactiva

 

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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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this is a must read !
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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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Measuring video consumption in Flash

Measuring video consumption in Flash | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Use the new media measurement API in Flash Player 10.3 and AIR 2.7 to measure video consumption by monitoring the activities of the NetStream object.
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Bringing the first 3D HTML5 video to the web with Firefox, NVIDIA and Youtube

Bringing the first 3D HTML5 video to the web with Firefox, NVIDIA and Youtube | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Starting with Firefox 4, WebM videos encoded with 3D data will be displayed in high-quality stereoscopic 3D using NVIDIA 3D Vision hardware. 3D hardware has moved from movie theaters and into people’s homes through TVs, laptop and desktop machines. 3D video games are in wide use today. And consumer hardware that’s capable of capturing 3D photos and videos is starting to come onto the market. In fact, there are several thousand 3D videos available today on Youtube. And starting today Youtube will transcode and play these videos into the open WebM format with 3D for use with their HTML5 player. This feature is currently only available with Firefox 4.

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Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH)

An updated presentation by Christian Timmerer and Christopher Müller.
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apple-http-osmf - Apple HTTP Streaming support for OSMF

apple-http-osmf - Apple HTTP Streaming support for OSMF | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
AS3 libs for HLS streaming in Flash by Matthew Kaufman - a way of building a decent video player on iOS or the final end of RTMP streaming ?
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HTML5 Fullscreen Video on all current Browsers

HTML5 Fullscreen Video on all current Browsers | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Goals of this page :
- Cross-browser video displaying using the new HTML5 Video features
- Fullscreen video in the background
- Catch the new HTML5 Window resize event and adjust the background video size

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SOA is crucial for workflows

SOA is crucial for workflows | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Files are displacing videotape and film in acquisition and delivery. This raises the question ‘if we begin with files, post produce files and deliver files, why do we need conventional post and broadcast products? Can’t commodity IT kit do the job?’

The need has never been greater to get costs under control. Increasingly, commodity IT products can do the job -- but there’s growing evidence that to really drive down costs, we have to stop simply dropping IT-based products into conventional post and broadcast architectures and really start to think about business processes. That’s why Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is now a hot topic. SOA is not a technology but rather a design philosophy widely used outside our industry, write Bruce Devlin and Mark Horton of AmberFin.
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