Teracue IPTV Encoder and Decoder at the Olympic Games in Vancouver 

Posted by Derrick on January 31, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Teracue AG supplied Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk with the ENC-200 H.264 encoder and the DEC-200 H.264 decoder for the Olympic Winter Games 2010 in Vancouver.

The ready-to-broadcast signal, which goes to ARD and/or ZDF is encoded with the ENC-200 into a compressed H.264 format and is streamed via an IP network into hotels in Vancouver to be distributed and decoded again there. This gives the editorial teams on site the chance to follow the Olympic Games in hotels where normally the ARD and ZDF signals are not available.

The decision to use the Teracue H.264 encoders/decoders in Vancouver was made due to the ENC / DEC-200 devices being very simple to operate using a web browser, the excellent picture quality with a low broadband bandwith, low latency as well as this product’s exceptional reliability.

The ENC / DEC-200 range was developed specifically for live streaming applications in which camera signals, DVD players or internal TV channels are transmitted live into the intranet or internet. The H.264 video encoder/decoder ENC / DEC-200 supports the real-time compression of video and audio formats.

Processing EZ Proxy Logs and IIS Web Server Logs with Sawmill Professional

Posted by Derrick on January 30, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Processing EZ Proxy logs and IIS Web Server logs with Sawmill Professional is something that many individuals, organizations, and companies can do.  Recently I taught a 1-Day On-site Sawmill Professional Training at the University of Central Florida.  There organization wanted to take advantage of Sawmill Professional’s capabilities for processing various types of logs and their need to process EZ Proxy Logs and IIS Web Server logs was a high priority. Class attendees were taught how to create profiles for EZ Proxy logs and IIS Web Server logs. The great benefit of Sawmill Professional is it makes processing these log type very easy. When users create a profile for EZ Proxy logs or IIS Web Server logs, Sawmill will help guide the user by providing options for choosing the correct log type. Once the profile is created a database will be built and then users can dive into report creation.

In addition to learning how to process EZ Proxy logs and IIS Web Server logs, students also learned how to also process Wowza Media Server Pro logs, Windows Firewall logs, Filezilla FTP Server logs, and Apache Server Logs.  Attendees were able to learn how to take advantage of Sawmill Professional for creating custom reports for gathering visitor demographics, web page views, troubleshooting errors, videos analytics, FTP server info and other items

In the training students also learned techniques such as:

  • Creating Macros for Repetitive Tasks and Reports
  • Creating Customized Single Page Reports
  • Customizing Navigation within Reports
  • Exporting Report Tables to .CSV files
  • Scheduling Repetitive Tasks
  • Creating Profiles from logs on an FTP Server
  • How to Utilize Filters
  • Setting up DNS for Resolving Domain Names
  • Creating User Accounts for Remote Log-in
  • Customizing Statistics and Manager Roles for Users

Call Freeman Compression Inc. 407.477.5837 or E-mail us at info@freemancompression.com if you’d like to attend one of our Sawmill Professional Training classes. You’ll learn how to take advantage of using Sawmill Professional for processing EZ Proxy logs, IIS Web Server logs, Wowza Media Server Pro logs, Windows Firewall logs, Filezilla FTP Server logs, or Apache Server Logs. You can attend one of on-line classes or attend one of our trainings in Orlando. You can also arrange for an on-site training at your location.

Internap Provides High-Performance Content Delivery Network for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival

Posted by Derrick on January 28, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Internap Network Services Corporation, a global provider of end-to-end Internet business solutions, announced that it is an Official Provider of Content Delivery Network (CDN) services for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, January 21-31 in Park City, Utah. Sundance Institute is using Internap’s CDN – both during the Festival and on an ongoing basis – to simplify and streamline the creation, delivery and management of interactive web content that promotes the event itself and the work of independent filmmakers year-round, with guaranteed optimal quality and performance.

New forms of web content, such as podcasts, slideshows and streaming video, have become critical to the independent film community, allowing filmmakers to market and distribute their films to audiences worldwide at minimal cost. In 2009, visitors to the Sundance Film Festival website downloaded nearly three million videos; and in the months surrounding the annual Sundance Film Festival, website traffic typically surges dramatically, averaging between 50,000 – 150,000 unique visitors daily.

However, as online video gains in popularity, the performance of the network is also becoming a top priority, with viewers showing little tolerance for slow-loading video. A recent study by analytics firm TubeMogul found that 81.2% of web video viewers click away when videos are slow to load and that “rebuffering” occurs in nearly one out of every 25 streams. Internap’s CDN uniquely addresses this issue, ensuring an optimized video viewing experience through its patented Managed Internet Route Optimizer™ (MIRO) technology, which selects the best path for video traffic in real time, based on network performance characteristics instead of the least number of Internet hops.

“Our collaboration with Internap has grown to such an extent that we could not provide high-quality online content without them,” said Joseph Beyer, associate director at Sundance Institute Online. “Internap’s CDN allows us to easily create and share streaming video and other new types of content – an increasingly vital part of building awareness of our artists and bringing their work to a global audience – while ensuring a consistently reliable viewing experience, even during the dramatic spike in web traffic that occurs during the Sundance Film Festival.”

Internap’s CDN provides a complete solution for live and on-demand video streaming with “set and forget” capabilities that allow organizations to focus exclusively on content creation by simplifying and streamlining the workflow for content uploading, transcoding, management and reporting. Integration with the Adobe Flash Platform, Microsoft Silverligh and iPhone formats, Internap allows customers to maximize the consuming audience by addressing the broadest range of devices across the Internet.

Digital Rapids — the leading provider of tools and solutions for bringing television, film and web content to wider audiences — today announced that Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has chosen Digital Rapids’ StreamZHD high-definition media encoding system to enable new live HD streaming capabilities from Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Posted by Derrick on January 26, 2010 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 — today announced that Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has chosen Digital Rapids’ StreamZHD high-definition media encoding system to enable new live HD streaming capabilities from Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

 

Lincoln Center is the world’s leading performing arts center, located on 16.3 acres in New York City. The center’s 12 resident organizations combine to present thousands of performances, educational programs, tours and other events each year on the Lincoln Center campus. StreamZHD is part of a complete HD production environment at the Center’s Alice Tully Hall, which also features four robotic HD cameras linked over fiber to servers, routers and switchers in the facility’s data center. The StreamZHD system, supplied by systems integrator HB Communications, encodes content in real time for external distribution as live streams or on-demand files.

 

Lincoln Center’s live streaming capabilities recently supported the concurrent worldwide debut performances of “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later”, the epilogue to the acclaimed Tectonic Theater Project play. On-stage pre-show and post-performance events — including an interactive question and answer session with questions submitted via Twitter — were streamed through StreamZHD to audiences in over 150 theaters worldwide, supporting local live readings of the new play at each location. Three live streams and three on-demand archives at varying bit rates were created in the H.264 format for Web viewing through Adobe Flash technology, with StreamZHD producing all six outputs simultaneously in real time.

 

“It is important that our technology infrastructure is at a level of excellence commensurate with the caliber of events that we host, and the ability to stream at HD quality over the Internet is phenomenal,” said Rob Tarleton, Chief Technology Officer, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Our HD production and streaming capabilities are key benefits for artists, performers and groups holding events at Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center, and StreamZHD is an important part of making that happen.”

 

“The Lincoln Center’s use of StreamZHD is a tremendous example of how high-quality Internet streaming technology can be combined with the arts to create new performance dynamics and unparalleled audience reach,” said Brent Ross, Director of Sales for the Americas at Digital Rapids. “StreamZHD’s simultaneous multi-format output capabilities, outstanding quality and reliability make it the ideal solution to enable innovative streaming experiences, and we’re thrilled that Lincoln Center for the Performance Arts selected us for their world-class space.”

 

StreamZHD continues to raise the bar for high-definition encoding solutions, delivering multi-format video ingest, encoding, transcoding and live streaming in a versatile configuration that integrates easily into any media environment. Combining the quality and performance advantages of hardware-based preprocessing with a format-flexible and feature-rich software application, Digital Rapids systems seamlessly support live and on-demand multi-platform distribution opportunities and production workflows.