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Monitoring innovations in post-production, head-end, streaming, OTT, second-screen, UHDTV, multiscreen strategies & tools
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Netrounds Releases Free Tool for IPTV Testing and Monitoring [PR]

Netrounds Releases Free Tool for IPTV Testing and Monitoring [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Netrounds today announced the availability of Netrounds Free, a feature-limited yet fully functional version of its cloud-based IPTV testing and monitoring service. As a forever-free offering, Netrounds Free is targeted to IPTV providers as a much more user-friendly and powerful alternative than traditional open source command line tools, often used during initial IPTV introductions.

 

Netrounds Free includes support for IPTV testing and is automatically provisioned anywhere in the world by downloading and deploying up to two measurements probes. Results from the probes, such as MPEG loss, jitter and invalid stream, are retrieved from the cloud-based servers through an easy-to-use web interface.

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Agama to Launch Microsoft Mediaroom Edition of DTV Monitoring for IPTV Quality Assurance at IBC2012 [PR]

Agama to Launch Microsoft Mediaroom Edition of DTV Monitoring for IPTV Quality Assurance at IBC2012 [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Agama Technologies, the video service quality assurance expert, today announces that it has become an official Microsoft Mediaroom ecosystem partner and will launch a Mediaroom edition of its complete end-to-end DTV Monitoring Solution at IBC2012.

 

Integrating with the Mediaroom platform, the Agama solution provides such operators with end-to-end visibility from head-end to home, making it possible to get a detailed understanding of the service quality across the delivery network. With Agama, Mediaroom operators can act proactively to prevent problems or detect them before customers are impacted, strengthening customer loyalty and profitability. Incident handling also becomes more efficient when problems can be accurately triangulated – where is the problem originating, how severe is it, and how many customers are affected?

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MIT Video Software Amplifies Motion, Could Improve Brand Credibility

MIT Video Software Amplifies Motion, Could Improve Brand Credibility | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Online agency executives complain that the creative process doesn't get enough attention. Software created by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology amplifies variations in video imperceptible to the naked eye, making it possible to exaggerate tiny motions. More telling, it could provide greater credibility for products.

 

MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory graduate student Michael Rubinstein designed the software, along with recent alumni Hao-Yu Wu, Eugene Shih and professors William Freeman, Fredo Durand and John Guttag. The researchers initially intended it to amplify color changes, but in their experiments found it amplified motion as well. The software makes visible the vibrations of individual guitar strings, or the ability to see someone's pulse as the skin reddens and pales with the flow of blood.

 

Eric Gulino, an ad executive at Skiver Advertising, said having the ability to see change without computer-generated graphics could increase the credibility of products because it would not require computer-generated art. He said it is not likely to revolutionize the way agencies create content, but it will open the door to demonstrate things not easily communicated and give consumers a whole new appreciation for products.

 

SEE VIDEO HERE : http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/amplifying-invisible-video-0622.html

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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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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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Video quality and the OTT dilemma

Video quality and the OTT dilemma | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Assuming responsibility for the quality of video that traverses relatively unmanaged networks to unmanaged endpoints poses new challenges for Pay TV operators. Accustomed to spotting problems within managed networks, traditional test and monitoring systems accordingly are shifting into new territory.

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Subjective quality evaluation of the upcoming HEVC video compression standard

Slides of  Touradj Ebrahimi's presentation at SPIE Optics+Photonics 2012 Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXV, San Diego, August 12-16, 2012.

 

READ ALSO : http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57501769-93/study-new-hevc-video-far-exceeds-h.264-quality/

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S3 Group Highlights Second Screen and Connected TV Automated Testing at The Cable Show 2012

S3 Group Highlights Second Screen and Connected TV Automated Testing at The Cable Show 2012 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

S3 Group, a global enabler of the highest quality digital TV Content Delivery Platforms, is demonstrating the importance of second screen and Connected TV automated testing at The Cable Show 2012. The company will showcase how automated testing can make the difference between the successful adoption of new applications and services on connected devices versus a 'try once, turn off' experience.

 

Specifically, attendees will see:

- Connected TV Testing

- Application Validation

- Multi-screen Device Diagnostics

- StormTest Development Center

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AmberFin intros Unified Quality Control system

AmberFin intros Unified Quality Control system | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

AmberFin is rolling out the world’s first Unified Quality Control solution for content ingest and transcoding operations at IBC in Amsterdam next month.

 

Called iCR Unified QC, this unique approach to quality control combines multiple tools for baseband checks during tape ingest, file-based QC after ingest, and overall operator-controlled QC, including annotation and mark-up. The development of UQC represents one of the most significant developments to AmberFin’s iCR file-based content ingest and transcoding system in recent years.

 

The addition of UQC to AmberFin’s iCR means that users have the potential to create a high quality file-based HD/SD master, provide unique file conversion to multiple formats and implement appropriate levels of automated and manual quality control, all within a single unified software environment. New levels of trust and confidence in the file/media quality are introduced, freeing up staff to focus on other revenue-generating tasks. AmberFin’s intention is that UQC will become regarded as an industry benchmark in media quality control.

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Pixelmetrix to Present Video Quality Index on the Electronic Couch Potato at NAB 2011

Pixelmetrix to Present Video Quality Index on the Electronic Couch Potato at NAB 2011 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Video Quality Index is a video quality measurement tool that scans all channels, identifies common video impairments such as macro-blocking, tiling and freeze frame, then combines them to a single, integrated metric. Results are consolidated across all channels and remote sites – making it easy to identify when and where video quality issues strike.

More info here : http://www.pixelmetrix.com/eng/ecp_viewer_monitor.html
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