Spinnaker Supports Live Streaming to iPhone

Posted by Derrick on July 31, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Inlet Technologies, the leading provider of live streaming and on-demand solutions for digital media, announced that the company is one of the first encoding technology providers to publicly demonstrate and support live streaming to the Apple iPhone. Inlet was the first to showcase iPhone streaming at Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference last month in San Francisco.

Using iPhone OS 3.0 and the latest release of Inlet’s Spinnaker live streaming solution, real-time streaming of live sports, news or other events can now reach an iPhone. Additionally, capabilities similar to Apple’s Stream Segmenter will be built directly into Spinnaker, simplifying the customer’s workflow and eliminating additional hardware from the system. The level of interoperability provided by Spinnaker allows content creators to stream live to the iPhone in popular formats including H.264 video and HE-AAC audio.  These new advances enable any broadcaster, sports league or entertainment provider to deliver live content to the iPhone with a minimum of effort.

“We are proud to add this to a long list of industry ‘firsts’ from Inlet. By supporting live streaming to Apple’s iPhone, Inlet is once again at the forefront of the digital media revolution. The iPhone is clearly a pervasive consumer device, offering compelling opportunities to reach viewers.” said John Bishop, senior vice president of strategy and business development, Inlet Technologies. “This also reflects our continued commitment to helping companies increase the reach of their content, in any format to any screen, through intelligent media infrastructure solutions.”

Inlet’s Spinnaker family of live streaming appliances delivers stunning picture quality (in HD or SD), allowing content creators to offer viewers a “living room” experience over the Web.  Spinnaker supports all of the major formats, including H.264, VC-1, Silverlight and Flash VP6, and allows content creators to stream multiple formats simultaneously from one source. Spinnaker is ideal for live sports, as it can create real-time highlights without the need for additional file preparation. Users can switch between multiple games or multiple camera angles during a single event. URLs or captions, such as scores and statistics, can also be inserted directly into the live stream. Spinnaker also offers calendar-based scheduling (ideal for recurring events), 24/7 reliability, and is designed to be used remotely, in fleets, or locally.

In addition to support for streaming to Apple’s iPhone, Spinnaker also includes support for other adaptive streaming protocols, including Microsoft Smooth Streaming and Adobe Dynamic Streaming. Other updates include multi-encoder synchronization and numerous audio enhancements.

Digital Rapids Announces Support for Microsoft Silverlight 3

Posted by Derrick on July 29, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Digital Rapids — the leading provider of tools and solutions for bringing television, film and web content to wider audiences — announced support for Microsoft Silverlight 3 in Digital Rapids’ comprehensive range of studio encoding, transcoding and live streaming systems. Silverlight 3 support further extends the proven abilities of Digital Rapids’ award-winning solutions for delivering unparalleled, high-quality, live and on-demand online video experiences.

Silverlight 3 is the newest version of Microsoft Corp.’s powerful platform for creating and delivering rich Internet applications (RIAs) and media experiences on the Web. Digital Rapids’ solutions will enable content owners and distributors to take advantage of the video-related enhancements and features in Silverlight 3 to deliver rich, high-quality online viewing experiences.

Highlights of the new feature set include support for Microsoft Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7) Smooth Streaming, an HTTP-based platform that enables adaptive delivery of live and on-demand content to Silverlight-based video media players. IIS7 Smooth Streaming dynamically detects the best quality a viewer can receive based on their current bandwidth and local computer conditions, seamlessly switching between multiple streams at different bit-rates to deliver consistent, high-quality viewing experiences up to true HD even under changing connectivity and playback conditions. Live and on-demand IIS7 Smooth Streaming support will be available in the upcoming version 3.1 software for Digital Rapids’ StreamZ and StreamZHD encoding systems. IIS7 Smooth Streaming will also be available in updates of the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager enterprise-class transcoding software and select models of StreamZ Live dedicated streaming encoders.

Silverlight 3 also augments its existing support for the VC-1 video format and Windows Media Audio with new native support for H.264 (also known as AVC, or MPEG-4 Part 10) video and AAC audio, allowing users to choose their preferred compression standard. Digital Rapids’ encoding, transcoding and streaming solutions offer robust standard or optional support for H.264 and AAC encoding.

“As consumers raise their expectations for Web video and the surrounding experience, it’s imperative that content owners and distributors create offerings that increase viewer engagement. The enhancements in Silverlight 3 bring Web viewing experiences far closer to the quality and reliability expectations of television while wrapping them with rich interactive capabilities, and we’re pleased to support these new features in our solutions,” said Brian Stevenson, Director of Product Management, Digital Rapids Corporation. “Support for live and on-demand IIS7 Smooth Streaming is a natural extension of our systems’ long-standing ability to create outputs in multiple formats, sizes and bit rates simultaneously, and extending our H.264 encoding capabilities to Silverlight lets our customers choose the format that best serves their multi-platform distribution strategies.”

“Microsoft is pleased that Digital Rapids is supporting Silverlight across its encoding, transcoding and streaming portfolio,” said Steve Sklepowich, group product manager for Silverlight at Microsoft Corp. “The addition of Silverlight 3 support in Digital Rapids’ hardware and software solutions, together with support for HTTP-based Smooth Streaming, enables users to experience true stutter-free HD online via efficient, automated media production workflows.”

Video Streaming & Compression Training Classes

Posted by Derrick on July 18, 2009 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Our video streaming training classes feature Wowza Media Server, Sorenson Squeeze, Episode Pro, Wirecast and Sawmill Professional.

Students are provided with the following:

  • Training certificate
  • Tutorial set-up guides
  • 3 hours of post training technical support
  • HTML and HTML5 Streaming Templates
  • Video recording of the entire training session

Wowza Media Server 3.5

This application is the flagship software for the Wowza Media Server 3.5 Training class and allows organizations and companies to have their own streaming server that supports Flash real-time streaming for on-demand and live streaming applications. Using this software, you’ll learn the key features of streaming server set-up, streaming Flash On2 Vp6 content, streaming Flash H.264 content , how to set-up live streaming and many other features. You’ll also learn how to stream live content with the On2 VP6 and H.264 codec.  Wowza Media System’s Wowza Media Server 3.5  boasts an enormous variety of capabilities which makes this class extremely exciting.

Sorenson Squeeze 8.5

Sorenson Squeeze 8.5 is featured in our Wowza Media Server 3.5 Training classes and our 1-Day Sorenson Squeeze Training. Squeeze is a simplistic yet powerful compression application that supports features such as automatic FTP to a Web Server or Streaming Server, Compression for the the mobile devices, iOS devices and compression to Windows Media, QuickTime, Real Media, Flash Video, MP3, MPEG-4/H.264 and many other formats.  Learn how to take advantage of this application for encoding Flash content for Wowza Media Server 3.5.

Episode Pro

Episode Pro is an amazing compression tool and has ultra fast encoding speeds. This tool is available on the Mac and PC platforms and provides encoding to Windows Media, Real Media, Flash Video, QuickTime, MPEG-4/H.264 and many other media formats. Episode Pro is designed for the user that wants more control over the video compression process and their compression settings. The many different options and filters available in Episode Pro are amazing!  The latest version of Episode 6 is superior to previous versions and has many outstanding enhancements.  Attend our 1-Day Episode Pro Training class to get familiar with this compression tool and new features.

Wirecast

Wirecast is an amazing tool for live webcasting from the desktop on Mac and PC. This application is loaded with features and you’ll learn how to stream Flash, Windows Media and QuickTime content using.  Wirecast is featured in our 1-Day Wirecast Live Streaming Training. This training is great for non-technical professionals as well as video editors, web developers, producers and other media professionals. Whether you’re using a a Wowza Media Streaming Server, QuickTime Streaming Server or Windows Media Streaming Server this class will benefit you.  Our class will also get you familiar with Wirecast live streaming to the Top Content Delivery Networks.


Sawmill Professional 8.6

Sawmill Professional 8.6 helps users take advantage of their steaming media investment. As part of the Wowza Media Server Training your instructor will teach you how to process the streaming server log files from your Wowza server to create detailed streaming reports. The streaming reports are beneficial in giving supervisors, management professionals and technical staff a better understanding of the viewing habits of your on-line audience. Log file analysis is extremely important and logs are stored on many streaming servers as well as hardware devices and software applications. That’s why Sawmill Professional is feature in our 1-Day Sawmill Professional Training in addition to our 1-Day Wowza Media Server Training.

2-Day Video Streaming and Compression Training

Learning about streaming video and compression can be an overwhelming experience but this class will guide you through the process of adding streaming video to your website or delivering it to your devices.  You’ll gain a better understanding of streaming video, compression, real-time streaming, downloadable streaming and live streaming. You will learn important concepts and techniques for compressing your videos. Participants will be educated on how to convert videos to Windows Media, QuickTime, Real Media, Flash video, and H.264.  This class is a great introduction for video professionals, IT Professionals, multimedia developers, web designers, government producers and educational professionals that need to start adding video and audio content on-line.  What’s unique about this training is you’ll work hands on with video compression and authoring.  During Day 1 of the Video Streaming and Compression Training focuses on video compression and preparing content in various formats and flavors for delivery. During Day 2 students will get a better understanding of the web authoring process for streaming video.

1-Day Wowza Media Server 3.5 Training (PC)

This class is designed to help you set-up your Wowza Media Server 3 streaming server which supports Flash Streaming. Students will get a better understanding of how on-demand streaming and live streaming works for the Wowza Media Server 3. This training will cover Flash encoding using the On2 VP6 codec as well as Flash encoding using the H.264 codec and how to deliver these files from Wowza Media Server. Learning to stream Flash video using Wirecast with the Wowza Media Server 3.5 is a special topic that is included in this training class. Flash video is one of the most exciting developments in streaming video and you’ll learn how to take advantage of it with the Wowza streaming server. Take advantage of cross-platform, cross-browser video playback that the Flash format provides with the Wowza Media Server 3.5.

1-Day Wowza Media Server 3.5 Training (Mac)

This class is designed to help you set-up your Wowza Media Server 3.5 streaming server which supports Flash Streaming. Students will get a better understanding of how on-demand streaming and live streaming works for the Wowza Media Server 3. This training will cover Flash encoding using the On2 VP6 codec as well as Flash encoding using the H.264 codec and how to deliver these files from Wowza Media Server 3.5. Learning to stream Flash video using Wirecast and QuickTime Broadcaster with the Wowza Media Server 3 is a special topic that is included in this training class. Flash video is one of the most exciting developments in streaming video and you’ll learn how to take advantage of it with the Wowza streaming server. Take advantage of cross-platform, cross-browser video playback that the Flash format provides with Wowza Media Server 3.5.

1-Day Episode Pro Training

Learn how to compress videos in this 1-Day Episode Pro training to formats like QuickTime, Real Media, Flash, Windows Media and H.264. As one of the best applications for craft encoding, Episode Pro gives users the power to make a wide number of adjustments and changes to compression settings, filters and many other settings. With Episode Pro users have total control over the adjustments that they would like to make for their encoding jobs. This one day class gives users hands-on tips and tricks for utilizing this video compression tool. Students will learn how to encode to all the popular video formats for Web Server and Streaming Server delivery. In addition attendees will learn how to encode to 25 Mbps and higher MPEG-2 files, how to encode Multiple Bit Rate Real Media video files, and how to add and adjust filters. Our Episode Pro Training class is available On-site or On-line. Contact us for more details.

1-Day Wirecast Live Streaming Training

Get familiar with Live streaming for Flash, Windows Media and QuickTime. This class will have you up and running with Wirecast quickly. This training is great for non-technical professionals as well as video editors, web developers, producers and other media professionals. Whether you’re using a a Wowza Streaming Server, QuickTime Streaming Server or Windows Media Streaming Server this class will benefit you. Our class will also get you familiar with Wirecast live streaming to the Top Content Delivery Networks as well as Ustream and Mogulus . This class is amazing and you’ll gain all kinds of ideas for delivering your live streaming events.

1-Day Sorenson Squeeze 8.5 Training

This class is designed to give you a better understanding of Sorenson Squeeze. Sorenson Squeeze  8.5 is one of the best kept secrets and this class will help you unlock its many benefits. In addition to learning about the Sorenson Squeeze interface, students will learn about the different video input options, how to compression to various formats, how to compress content for video ipods/video podcasts, how to adjust compression settings and the process for encoding a DVD inside the Sorenson Squeeze application.

The Wowza Media Server training class, Sorenson Squeeze Training, Wirecast Training and Episode Pro Training are available in Columbus, On-line and On-site at your location. View our Video Streaming and Compression Training Schedule to see when the next classes are being taught.  Call Freeman Compression Inc. at 407.477.5837 for more information about training classes or E-mail us at info@freemancompression.com.  Contact us about training times for your country if you are an international student.

Episode Series 5.2.1 is now available

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The newest version of Episode is now available as a free update. This is an update for Episode Encoder, Episode Encoder Pro, Episode Engine, Episode Engine Pro and Episode Podcast media encoding software products.

Version 5.2.1 adds several enhancements and fixes, including:

Episode Encoder:

* Improved H.264 quality and stability
* Improved quality when encoding XDCAM HD from 4:2:2 sources
* Improved MPEG-1 audio and video support

Episode Engine:

* Improved stability when using input monitors
* Fixed audio issue when using QuickTime components in Split-and-Stitch mode
* Fixed Split-and-Stitch issue when encoding to Windows Media