Archive for the ‘Streaming Media Resources’ Category

Encoding mobile streaming video and audio for Blackberry

September 29, 2015 2:26 pm

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This article provides information on transcoding audio and video files into a format that can be played on a BlackBerry smartphone.

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You Are f*cked Without a Backup Plan: 94% of companies without a backup recovery plan are out of business within 2 years of loss

April 29, 2015 2:43 pm

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Why is backup so important? One answer to that question is that it’s not IF you will lose your data, but WHEN. Loss may be due to a contractor hitting the wrong switch and deleting critical data, or deletion by a trusted and valuable employee who didn’t notice the server GUI changed. You may have to cope with intentional vandalism by a rogue vendor with access to your network, or a massive attack of thousands of infected computers. Losing your data is a business reality. The question is, can you get your data back … and how fast?

 

The type of data you have, and what that data is precisely, will be a factor in how the data is backed up. Here are some critical tips to approaching backing up your company’s critical data.

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H.265 versus H.264 Video Streaming: What’s the best choice today? Your Best Options for H.265 Video

March 7, 2015 1:07 pm

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H.264 vs H.265: Choosing Your Best Options for Streaming Video distribution, an overview with video and presentation hand out.

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How to encode SD, standard def video, into HD… also how to: VHS to DVD

March 6, 2015 2:46 pm

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Transferring / encoding SD Video to HD Digital Video, a few notes on the capture and transcoding of legacy formats.  Specific instructions for capturing video and transcoding to...

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HLS video javascript redirect for mobile video {ios / iphone / ipad / Blackberry / Android} or rollover to protected flash / rtmp

February 6, 2015 3:44 am

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  Instead of trying to force players to work well across platforms, occasionally we’ll find it better to redirect certain devices away from the embedded player directly to...

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Why you need to limit bots

January 20, 2015 9:49 am

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The use of bots and scrapers continues to surge, and they are pounding your web server resources, cloud or not. Bot behavior is for the most part benign, but poorly-coded and malicious bots can hurt site speed and performance. They look like DDoS attacks. They may be part of a rival’s competition monitoring, or re-purposing your content and presenting it as their own.

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iOS video format criteria for Apple app store approval

January 12, 2015 12:25 pm

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Here are the main considerations for encoding video for your iOS app, or your video is being used in an iOS / iTunes app that you would like to have available in the iTunes store:

If your app delivers video over cellular networks, and the video exceeds either 10 minutes duration or 5 MB of data in a five minute period, you are required to use HTTP Live Streaming. (Progressive download may be used for smaller clips.)

If your app uses HTTP Live Streaming over cellular networks, you are required to provide at least one stream at 64 Kbps or lower bandwidth (the low-bandwidth stream may be audio-only or audio with a still image).

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How to use MPEG DASH H.265 Video: the fast facts, main points and summary

January 6, 2015 11:35 pm

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MPEG’s Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH or MPEG DASH or H.265): Quick video container overview, a cheat sheet with all the basics.

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What is the Difference Between Streaming Video, Live webcasting and Progressive Download?

January 6, 2015 12:06 am

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To sum up the reasons you might want to use streaming, live broadcasting, or progressive download:

 

  • If your video project includes live coverage, you must use broadcasting, or live webcasting.
  • If bandwidth management, DRM and copy discouragement (e.g. preventing download) are paramount considerations, streaming video or token authentication is the way to go.
  • If bandwidth is not a paramount concern, you want users to be able to receive you media regardless of connection speed, and you don’t mind if users obtain the actual downloaded copies of your audio and video content on their computers and portable devices, progressive download may be viable.

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Shot Sequences Add Variety and Texture to your Video Production

January 1, 2015 2:33 pm

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Shot sequences are useful jumping-off points for beginner (and experienced) videographers.

Most often, a video is made up of several shot sequences, similar to how this blog post is made up of several paragraphs. Within each paragraph (or shot sequence), there are multiple sentences (or shots) that work together to create distinct sets.

Let’s review this thrilling metaphor, shall we?

– Blog Post = Video.
– Paragraph = Shot Sequence.
– Sentence = Shot.

While taking a course in photo and video journalism at the Harvard Extension School, I learned some tried and true sequences that I still use to this day. These priceless gems have helped me to diversify my shots and create more dynamic videos.

Here are *five* of my favorite shot sequences. Try ’em out in your next video!

### 1. Medium. Close. Wide.

This is a great one to start with because it can be used in pretty much any type of video, and it requires minimal effort. It’s like the Meryl Streep of shot sequences: always a solid choice.

First: Capture a medium shot to establish a focus for your sequence.

Second: Take a close-up shot to highlight an interesting detail. This shot will serve as the sriracha for your sequence! Bam! Instant spice!

Third: Shoot a wide shot that includes more of the environment.

In general, close-ups are really useful when you’re trying to split up shots in an otherwise static video. If all my sentences were the same length and style, my paragraphs would become quite boring. Hooray for variety!

### 2. Close-up Collage

While we’re on the topic of close-ups, you can shoot a whole collection of them to create a portrait of a setting or a subject. Pair this with a caramel-smooth voice-over, and you’re on your way to creating video magic.

Imagine a scene with a woman reading a newspaper. As a videographer tasked with capturing this, you could use a nice, long medium shot of her reading away and call it a day. Or, you could take multiple brief close-up shots featuring her focused eyes, the headlines of the paper, the steaming mug of coffee, her purple nails, and any other interesting pieces that make up the whole. Talk about sriracha! Now we’re getting spicy!

### 3. The Reveal (my favorite!)

This shot sequence is analogous to a surprise birthday party in terms of the sheer joy it brings. First, think of something fun that you want to reveal in the last shot of your sequence. Maybe it turns out that your subject is standing among a colony of small penguins. Maybe someone behind him is actually talking, and he’s just mouthing the words. Maybe he’s wearing metallic leggings.

The possibilities are endless! In your first shot (or shots), be sure to hide the surprise, then “jump out,” or make the big reveal, in the last shot! So fun!

### 4. Match on Action

Some people call this method “cutting on action.” To build this sequence, you take multiple shots from different angles while preserving the continuity of the subject’s action.

Each new shot should pick up the subject’s action from the previous shot:

When done well, this sequence can make your video look seamless and professional, like a tuxedo unitard. Actions that your subject can repeat work best for this sequence.

### 5. Action. Reaction.

For this shot sequence, you will need at least two subjects, an “actor” and a “reactor.” When casting, it’s helpful to find subjects who are comfortable with expressing themselves on camera. As you can see in our video example above, Dave is quite comfortable with being a drama queen. Perfect.

Since I love anthropomorphized animals, I couldn’t help but provide you with another quick example. Let’s say one penguin, Randy, is surprising another penguin, Karen, with flowers.

– First shot: Karen is typing away with her penguin flippers at her desk.
– Second shot: Randy waddles over to Karen’s desk and pulls a bouquet of flowers out from behind his back. This is somewhat difficult because he has no hands.
– Third shot: Karen’s face is surprised and excited. She can’t believe Randy remembered her birthday!
– Fourth shot: Randy smiles and nods.

Once you begin shooting this sequence, the spatial relationship between the two subjects needs to remain consistent. In other words, if Karen begins on one side of the frame opposite Randy, she sure as heck needs to stay on that side. Otherwise, you risk creating cognitive dissonance, and penguins hate cognitive dissonance.

### It’s Go Time!

When I went out to shoot my first video assignment, I brought a whole list of shot sequences in my back pocket and experimented with them constantly. You can, too!

It’s important to keep in mind that you can alter and expand upon these models; think of them as starter logs for your creative fire. You feel that steam heat? It’s even more important to stay true to your own unique style. Maybe you are a close-up collage Craig, or an action-reaction Antonia. Maybe you want to squeeze three close-ups in between a medium and a wide shot! Go crazy! There are no rules! Go get ’em tiger!

Have you tried any of these shot sequences before? How would you expand on these templates? Do you have your own favorite sequence(s)?

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A few tips on making sure your video captivates from some pros at engagement

December 8, 2014 5:03 am

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Gravitylab is happy to share 5 streaming video tips from The Wall Street Journal’s John Crowley and Lucia Adams of The Times and Sunday Times.

Here are some key take aways as they talked about how they are consistently putting up engaging streaming video.

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New Streaming Video Alliance is a good step towards industry standardization

November 18, 2014 11:34 pm

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The Streaming Video Alliance is just another sign that the evolution of streaming media is heading in the right direction. Consumers should come first, and online video distribution remains a complex endeavor and dark forest for many companies putting video online. 

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Gravitylab joins President Obama to demand net neutrality

November 13, 2014 6:35 am

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Today, President Obama issued a statement calling for strong rules to ensure net neutrality. This is a BIG deal for people who think the Internet should be a...

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Streaming video watching habits are sustained. Growth continues.

November 6, 2014 12:51 am

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Online video viewing is on the rise, and so are online video dollars. Driven by a huge overall growth in mobile advertising, digital video ads generated $1.5 billion...

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Prevent seeking, scrubbing or skipping forward using HTML5 video + Javascript

November 1, 2014 8:54 am

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  There are 3 basic ways to prevent skipping of HTML5 embedded video via javascript (list followed by examples below*). If you’re not using an embedded player like...

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Video helps businesses connect with their customers and leaves consumers with a positive impression

April 8, 2014 3:47 pm

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  Animoto has recently published survey results that show video is growing, and continuing to have an impact on purchase decisions. Video on your website (that works well)...

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net neutrality video effects & its effect on video hosting services

February 22, 2014 2:53 pm

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  What effect will I see if the net is not neutral with video streamed from the Gravitylab CDN?   The NY Times has a great article on...

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Example of how to embed apple icons, all the meta and icons for iOS / iPhone / iPad

February 12, 2014 3:29 am

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  I cannot believe all these icon sizes Apple wants (new window) us to pander to. How many icons does it take to play well with iOS? Enough...

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launching a beta project today: Radio Free Pacific

January 30, 2014 6:46 am

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    Radiofreepacific.com is a video hosting / streaming media industry aggregrator that pulls from literally 100’s of sources of video news outlets, video software, hosting, and CDN...

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DVDx review – MKV ripping, DVD ripping to streaming, encoding, mp4 and more

January 25, 2014 1:27 am

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 [vc_single_item] DVDx and the guys at LabDV have recently released a new beta version of their long standing PC software. DVDx can transcode from-and-to some formats it’s nice...

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Google’s new video quality report tool

January 23, 2014 4:33 pm

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[popuppress id=”3668″]  [vc_single_item] Google releases ‘The YouTube Video Quality Report‘, which I like a lot because it has a excellent visual representation of some of the CDN tools...

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What is MPEG DASH ? Is MPEG DASH going to change my life? When will Google, the ghost of Steve Jobs and Microsoft start a proxy war over MPEG DASH and VP9 ?

January 18, 2014 4:07 am

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  What’s up with MPEG DASH? Is it another tech to pixel-blast my eyeballs with? How is MPEG DASH being promoted? Is MPEG DASH a standard? Another migration?...

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Search for free video, music, photos, art and more . . .

January 11, 2014 1:43 pm

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HTML 5 Video Players you may use with our mobile video hosting

January 8, 2014 12:31 am

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Collection of HTML5 video players

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What is 4k TV? What is SuperHD or Ultra High Def?

November 18, 2013 8:07 pm

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  “Ultra high definition is also known as Ultra HD, UHD, and UHDTV. In Japan, 8K UHDTV will be known as Super Hi-Vision since Hi-Vision was the term...

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What is HEVC / h.265? Why would I migrate from x264?

November 18, 2013 4:15 pm

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  The H.265 standard, also informally known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), is designed to provide high-quality streaming video (HD and 4K video for instance), even over...

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Mobile Video and Phone Security

September 17, 2013 10:58 pm

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Top 10 Mobile Risks Read more at OWASP Mobile Security Project M1: Insecure Data Storage M2: Weak Server Side Controls M3: Insufficient Transport Layer Protection M4: Client Side...

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Flash streaming: flash is dead, long live flash! Are the RTMP protocol and flv codec fading into the sunset?

June 5, 2013 3:21 pm

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The streaming industry is becoming more fragmented as Google, Apple, and Microsoft jocky for position, with HLS, VP9, and DASH.

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Right now, we have HLS, HDS, HTML5 video, Smooth Streaming, and HEVC h265 is here and being deployed and hosted.

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Video SEO Strategy: Tactics for video SEO and metadata best practices, how to

April 25, 2013 10:33 pm

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  The most effective method you can use is a video sitemap for SEO … You produce and distribute video. …How do users know how to find you?...

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2014 Mobile Video Hosting Prices

October 18, 2012 11:46 pm

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        [vc_welcome2 icon=”rocket” icon_color=”#000000″ icon_bgcolor=”#ffffff” icon_size=”48″] 2014  Video Hosting Prices  Archive (On Demand or simulated live) Video Need to customize your plan? Looking for our...

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Can I stream video to the iPhone?

January 30, 2008 6:09 pm

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GravityLab offers comprehensive iPhone streaming video hosting packages to deliver your video to the iPhone and other mobile cell phone devices. Follow this link to review our iPhone...

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Broadcast Live Quicktime Video with Quicktime Broadcaster and DSS

January 1, 2008 12:20 pm

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Darwin Streaming Server (DSS) is the open source version of Apple’s QuickTime Streaming Server technology that allows you to send streaming media to clients across the Internet using...

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Converting DVD to Streaming Video

December 5, 2007 12:52 pm

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How to capture a DVD, transcode a DVD, and convert a DVD to streaming video. Step by Step.

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