Kaltura Teams with Germany’s Nacamar for Expanded Online Video

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

Wirecast Supports Live Encoding to QuickTime Streaming Server

Posted by Derrick on February 27, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Telestream’s Wirecast supports Live Encoding to QuickTime Streaming Server. This is a good thing if you’re going to be delivering you Live Webcast to Apple’s QuickTime Streaming and you have a PC for your Live Encoder.  You can easily send your Live Stream to the QTSS in the H.264 flavor and customize the frame size, datarate, key frame interval, fps etc.  Since QuickTime Broadcaster is not available for the PC Wirecast provides a wonderful solution for Live Encoding to QTSS with many other added benefits.

Wirecast provides a more advanced level tool for Webcasting.  Not only does it support Live Encoding to QTSS but Wirecast (for PC) also sports Live Encoding to Windows Media Server, Flash Streaming Servers and many CDNs. With it you can encode from Fireware cameras attached via Firewire.  If you have separate Firewire cards installed you can switch between multiple Firewire cameras.  Multiple Live Streams can be sent to the same server/different servers and you can create an archive for on-demand viewing later during your Webcast. Wirecast also provides a full production switcher in software.  You can switch seamlessly between multiple cameras, multiple video sources, and Powerpoint presentations.

Lower thirds (name keys) can also be included during your Webcasts.  So you could have 10-15 or more lower third graphics called up as desired during your production.  Wirecast comes with many pre-made lower third templates saving you a tremendous amount of time in design.  Wirecast can also do nice transitions and dissolves between sources.  You can even do Picture-N- Picture. Wirecast is not free like QuickTimeBroadcaster but you will definitely get a superior tool for Webcasting along with the ability to solve the issue of Live Encoding to Apple’s QuickTime Streaming Server from a PC.

Virgin Media Selects Brightcove Platform for Online Video

Posted by Derrick on February 26, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

Brightcove Inc., the leading online video platform, announced an agreement with Virgin Media, the UK’s leading entertainment and communications company, to support short-form video content across Virginmedia.com. Virgin Media offers a range of online news, sports, music and entertainment content and will use the Brightcove platform to publish and distribute high quality, advertising-supported video across its website.

“We’re putting Virginmedia.com at the heart of our entertainment line-up with the recent launch of our music video on demand service and our new gaming site,” said Alex Green, executive director of TV and Online at Virgin Media. “Brightcove will help us deliver a fantastic video experience for all of our visitors as we bring more and more content online.”

Virginmedia.com is one of the UK’s most popular websites with around 11 million visitors a month. With Brightcove, Virgin Media has a single, integrated solution to meet its online video publishing and distribution needs. The Brightcove platform also enables visitors to the Virgin Media website to engage and interact with video content through advanced social sharing, ratings and other community-building features.

The first Virgin Media brand to roll out the Brightcove platform is Virgin Media Television’s LIVING, which recently launched Liv, the UK’s first online TV channel to deliver free, exclusive, and original short-form video content. Brightcove has also enabled LIVING to deliver its lifestyle-focused video content to a host of third party websites and social networks.

“Virgin Media has a strong reputation for delivering a truly integrated entertainment and communications experience for its millions of customers throughout the UK,” said Jeremy Allaire, Brightcove chairman and chief executive officer. “We are proud that Virgin Media has chosen the Brightcove platform to support its ongoing efforts to provide viewers with unprecedented access to its vast library of high quality online video.”

Verizon Wireless And Skype Join Forces To Create A Global Mobile Calling Community

Posted by Derrick on February 24, 2010 under Video Streaming and Compression | Comments are off for this article

At the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Verizon Wireless and Skype announced a strategic relationship that will bring Skype to Verizon Wireless smartphones in March. The new Skype mobile™ product enhances Verizon Wireless’ smartphones for users who have data plans by offering a new way to call around the globe, while also giving hundreds of millions of Skype users around the world the opportunity to communicate with friends, family and business colleagues in the United States using Verizon Wireless.

The two companies have created an exclusive, easy-to-use Skype mobile offering for 3G smartphones. Verizon Wireless 3G smartphone users with data plans can use Skype mobile to:

  • make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype user around the globe on America’s most reliable wireless network;
  • call international phone numbers at competitive Skype Out calling rates;
  • send and receive instant messages to other Skype users; and
  • remain always connected with the ability to see friends’ online presence.

Initially, Skype mobile will be available on millions of best-selling Verizon Wireless 3G smartphones with data plans, including the BlackBerry® Storm™ 9530, Storm2™ 9550, Curve™ 8330, Curve™ 8530, 8830 World Edition and Tour™ 9630 smartphones, as well as DROID by Motorola, DROID ERIS™ by HTC and Motorola DEVOUR™.

John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless, said, “Skype mobile on Verizon Wireless changes the game. For Verizon Wireless’ more than 90 million customers, Skype mobile adds great value because we’re effectively giving customers with smartphones and data plans the option to extend their unlimited calling community to hundreds of millions of Skype users around the globe. And you’re not limited to using a single type of phone; we’ll have nine smartphones ready right at launch in March.”

Josh Silverman, chief executive officer of Skype, noted, “People want to take their Skype conversations with them wherever they go, whether it’s on a PC, TV or increasingly mobile phones. Verizon Wireless will give U.S. consumers the best Skype experience on mobile phones and will truly change the way people call their friends and family internationally.”