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Sochi Games to Set Record for Live and VOD Streaming

Sochi Games to Set Record for Live and VOD Streaming | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Adobe, NBCU, Elemental, Deltatre, LiveU, and more are readying streaming platforms that will deliver coverage to desktops and mobile devices around the globe.


Four years ago according to the IOC there was a defining moment in Olympic broadcasting history. Vancouver was the first Winter Games to be fully embraced on digital media platforms where digital coverage accounted for around half of the overall broadcast output.


Globally, on official rights-holding broadcasters’ internet and mobile platforms, there were more than 265 million video views and in excess of 1.2 billion page views during the games. There were also approximately 6,000 hours of 2010 coverage on mobile phone platforms.


Digital coverage from Sochi will surpass this, with many more broadcasters drawing on the clear consumer demand from London 2012 for any time, any device viewing.


The IOC places such draconian restraints on rights holders and anyone working for them to report involvement in the Olympics, which extends to technology contractors, that it's tricky to unearth details on this story. With that caveat, here are some of the large-scale video streaming activities set to go live from Sochi at the end of this week.

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The Boxfish Live iPad app searches every word spoken and trending on television

The Boxfish Live iPad app searches every word spoken and trending on television | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Today Boxfish is officially throwing its hat into the ring after a soft launch earlier this year. At the time, Boxfish fully revealed its plans: Capture every word being spoken on television, load them into its database, make it searchable via its app. But this first iteration was more or less a Web test drive, where we could search and discover television content, but the operation stopped there. Now, the Palo Alto-based startup is lifting the curtain off its official product, an iPad app that allows you to search for TV content in real-time and then acts as a remote, changing the channel to the results as you want to view.

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BBC launches 2012 Olympics live interactive video player with replay-friendly synced datas

BBC launches 2012 Olympics live interactive video player with replay-friendly synced datas | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The video player combines the video with the associated data that is available to the BBC, creating a much richer experience for its audiences, according to Perry : “Where we are able to show athlete performance data, the key thing is that we synchronise the data and video together so that you always see the stats appropriate for the point in the video that you are watching,” advised Parry. “So if you decide to watch a video from the start, we won’t give you the results from the end. And if you are watching live, we won’t show the result of the Men’s 100m before you’ve had a chance to watch it!”

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EBUCore: the Dublin Core for media, used by FIMS spec (page 13)

 EBUCore was first published in 2000. It was originally a set of definitions for audio archives, applied to the Dublin Core, which is itself a generic set of descriptive terminology that can be applied to any content. XML was then in its infancy but its use would grow dramatically, demanding more structured information to describe audiovisual content. Since then, other semantic languages have greatly influenced the way this information is modelled. EBUCore followed this evolution to become what it is today: the Dublin Core for media, a framework that can be used to describe just about any media content imaginable.

 

The EBU-AMWA FIMS project (wiki.amwa.tv/ebu), creating a vendor-neutral specification to interconnect production equipment, has adopted EBUCore. The FIMS 1.0 specification uses EBUCore as its core descriptive and technical metadata. FIMS is a vital project for the future of file-based production and feedback received from participants has influenced the most recent version of EBUCore. Early adopters of FIMS, such as Bloomberg, are using this metadata.

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MPEG-7 AVDP: a new ISO standard for metadata, fits well with FIMS

MPEG-7 AVDP: a new ISO standard for metadata, fits well with FIMS | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The MPEG-7 AudioVisual Description Profile (AVDP) has become a new ISO International Standard. The profile is specially designed for representing and exchanging metadata generated by automatic extraction tools, such as speech-to-text transcription engines and videoshot detection algorithms.

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NoTube: bringing Web and TV closer together

NoTube: bringing Web and TV closer together | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

As NoTube began, its vision of bringing Web and TV closer together via shared data models and content across multiple devices was ambitious and visionary. As we close, it is noteworthy how much of the TV industry has caught up with this vision, at least in individual and closed new technologies and products. Yet the NoTube results are now more relevant than ever: TV platforms are proprietary, cross-device communication non-standardized. NoTube services could form the backbone for personalised TV applications where the user still controls their data. See this slideset for an overview of NoTube’s activity and results : http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/11334022#

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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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New metadata enables legal content sharing across IPTV platforms

New metadata enables legal content sharing across IPTV platforms | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

At last, IPTV is getting a standard framework for interoperability of rights information as a result of cooperation between the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and ITU.

 

The two bodies have come up with a new metadata standard to ensure that that multimedia content can be shared legally across different platforms by exchanging the relevant rights details.

 

The two agencies have been working on the standard for some years and have aligned their content technically so that the two combined effectively provide a super standard covering all the relevant bases. IEC 62698 recognizes that as consumers become increasingly mobile, IPTV services need to operate flexibly across multiple platforms while protecting content producers rights.

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Sounds like a "never-will-be-implemented" norm but still interesting...

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What's new in HTML5: The Track Element

What's new in HTML5: The Track Element | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

One of the more exciting developments in HTML5 video is the inclusion of the track element in the newest versions of the desktop browsers. In addition to bringing captioning and subtitle support to HTML5 video, the invisible track element allows publishers to attach a rich array of textual metadata to their videos. In this blog post, we'll look at the different types of tracks that can be used in conjunction with the tag :

- WebVTT: A New Format for Text Tracks

- Accessibility: Captions, Subtitles and Descriptions

- Chapters: Navigating the Video

- Metadata

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Embedded Metadata Manifesto initiative: how metadata should be embedded and preserved in digital media files

Embedded Metadata Manifesto initiative: how metadata should be embedded and preserved in digital media files | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

This is where you find information about embedding metadata into digital media files.

 

The Embedded Metadata Manifesto defines five guiding principles for creating and storing metadata, so important data is carried with the file wherever possible.

 

The Embedded Metadata Manifesto is an expression of a business need by those who use metadata. It is addressed to the parties adding and managing metadata and to the vendors of hardware and software whose systems enable media and metadata workflows.

 

It is known that metadata is often ignored or dropped from media files as they are passed through a workflow. The Embedded Metadata Manifesto raises awareness about the squandering of this business value.

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RAMP MediaCloud : cloud platform for generation and management of all types of rich metadata

RAMP MediaCloud : cloud platform for generation and management of all types of rich metadata | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

RAMP’s MediaCloud is the Web’s first platform to leverage cloud computing to deliver a comprehensive solution for generating and managing all types of rich metadata. Considered the “currency” of content, metadata includes the speech transcripts, time-stamped tags, categories/topics, named entities, geo-location and tagged thumbnails that comprise the backbone of the interactive Web.

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More Thoughts on Metadata and the Second Screen

More Thoughts on Metadata and the Second Screen | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

What kind of metadata is needed to drive a good UX (User eXperience)? What kind of metadata is required to support better advertising or commerce? Who provides this kind of metadata? What are the examples where this is done well in the marketplace today? How much metadata should the content creator or app developer try to capture?


Let's back up a bit and "normalize" all of our experience in this space.
I like to think of metadata in the video space falling into 3 categories: technical (frame rate, frame size, commercial break, bit rate, etc), descriptive (summary, actors, director, reviews) and contextual (what objects are in the scene, what is happening at that point). Clearly, the first is a requirement to deliver a quality video service no matter the channel of delivery, the second is critical to search and recommendation, and the third is critical for any higher value experiences (better commerce, contextual advertising, discovery of new content for a consumer).


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This article asks the following questions, which are useful when applying metadata for ensuring that objects are findable and valuable: What kind of metadata is needed to drive a good UX (User eXperience)?  What kind of metadata is required to support better advertising or commerce?

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Metadata focus for BBC production

Metadata focus for BBC production | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The BBC is experimenting with iPads to speed production and better incorporate metadata at the point of acquisition for use throughout the programme’s lifecycle, writes Adrian Pennington.

 

The focus of the Automated Production project at BBC R&D and demonstrated at BBC R&D North, is to use data and networking tools to power programme workflow. Alongside major pieces of IT research for post production and playout it is an attempt “to take it back toward the cameras and to the people making the programmes,” explained Lead Technologist, Jon Rosser.

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Introducing MetaFragments, a common format for timed metadata in HTML

Introducing MetaFragments, a common format for timed metadata in HTML | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
MetaFragments gives to web tools, mobile apps, browser and search engines a simple way to explore, connect and share the inside content of web videos. The idea behind MetaFragments is to use media fragments URIs and in-HTML meta-data to store timed data relating to audio and videos sequences.
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