On Monday we were on site for a night of shooting and the brand new, less than a month old, Canon 60D stops working and won’t start up. ARGH! A whole day lost. But that doesn’t mean you lose out on the weekly news round up. So here’s what’s what, who’s who and the hows and whys of what happened this week in online video.
Google Stomps Print!
During the first six months of 2012, Google generated more money in advertising revenue than all U.S. print publications combined. Google brought in $10.9 billion in ad revenue in this time period, while U.S. newspapers and magazines brought in $10.5 billion.
There are a couple caveats to this, however. First off, the data here factors in Google’s global ad revenue, rather than just the ad revenue it generates in the U.S., so it’s not entirely a fair comparison. Second, this analysis does not factor in revenue that comes from ads placed on newspaper websites.
YouTube Updates Android App For One-Tap Sharing To Google TV
Google has announced a new YouTube feature for Android and Google TV that pushes YouTube content from an Android phone to a Google TV. Now you can watch all your favorite YouTube videos on your HDTV — if you happen to own a Google TV set-top box. Initially, the feature work only with Android (2.2 and later) and Google TV (2.1.2) only, but Google hints that other platforms getting the feature in the future.
Nearly three out of four smartphones in the world are now running on Google’s Android operating system, according to a report on third quarter sales released Wednesday.
Android now accounts for 72.4% of the market for smartphone operating systems, up from 52.5% in the period a year earlier. A big chunk of that gain was attributed to Samsung, which sold 55 million smartphones. The bulk of Samsung’s smartphones run on Android.
Source: LA Times
Vevo Expands Into Europe, Partners With Yahoo On Ads
Vevo, the music video website founded by music majors Universal and Sony, is to break into mainland Europe, launching in France, Spain, and Italy. Other markets where Vevo is available include the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.
The service, which is also backed by EMI Music, is aiming to attract music fans who currently watch hundreds of millions of videos each month via its channel on YouTube to its own Vevo.com website.
Source: The Guardian
Brightcove Cloud App Update
Open Plugin Architecture and Partner Integration
The new App Cloud plugin model makes it easy for developers to extend the native functionality that is built into App Cloud. Other hybrid app technologies offer native plugin capabilities, but developers soon find that the available plugins are frequently out-of-date, largely unsupported, and more trouble than they are worth. App Cloud developers can choose from a growing library of fully tested and fully supported App Cloud plugins, such as a native media uploader, native audio player, or in-app email composer, as well as plugins that integrate with third-party cloud services such as Google Analytics or comScore Digital Analytix.
New Push Notification APIs
This release also delivers a significant expansion of App Cloud’s integrated support for push notifications. App Cloud developers can leverage a new set of client and server APIs to send individual push notifications to a particular app user or group users into custom-defined segments. For example, a news application could create segments focused on topical areas, allowing users to specify their interest in particular topics, while opting out of others. By targeting notifications by segment, developers can increase user engagement by notifying users only when content is relevant to their interests.
App Cloud’s new plugin architecture is now available to all customers, including users of App Cloud Core, the free open source version. The native media uploader and in-app email composer are built into version 1.12 of the App Cloud SDK. Additional free plugins, including the native audio player and Google Analytics plugins, are downloadable from the open source plugins repository hosted on GitHub. The comScore Digital Analytix and DRM plugins are currently expected be released later this year. The new push notification APIs are available immediately to customers with subscriptions to the App Cloud Pro or Enterprise editions.
AOL Expands Video Reach With Kaltura Partnership
The AOL On Network announced that it has partnered with Kaltura, the leading open source video platform. The partnership will make the entire AOL video library of more than 420,000 premium videos available to companies using the Kaltura Platform.
Kaltura’s publishers will be able to access and search the AOL video catalog, then add premium, short-form video to their own accounts. By having access to this massive repository, Kaltura publishers will be able to expand their own video library with more premium content, increase total inventory, and leverage a number of revenue options to boost revenues.
Source: Herald Online
Live TV Viewing Dips, Cross-Screen Digital Use Up
Live television viewing continues to lose ground — albeit slowly — as time-shifted programming and multitasking with smartphones and/or tablets gains ground. Nielsen’s new cross-media platform report shows live viewing in the second quarter of 2012 averaged 4 hours and 18 minutes a day, down five minutes a day from the second quarter of 2011.Source: MediaDailyNews
YouTube Pairs Android With Google TV
On Tuesday, Google announced a new YouTube feature for Android and Google TV. The feature pushes YouTube content from an Android phone to a Google TV. Now you can watch all your favorite YouTube videos on your HDTV — if you happen to own a Google TV set-top box. Initially, the feature works only with Android (2.2 and later) and Google TV (2.1.2) only, but Google hints that other platforms getting the feature in the future.
Universal Closed Captioning
The most powerful and flexible closed caption workflow in the market
Supporting closed captions is a critical component to expanding the size and demographic of your video’s audience. The FCC has now mandated that all content broadcast on television must include closed captions when delivered to Internet and mobile devices. Closed captions are delivered in many different formats and require a diverse set of tools to automate within your media workflow. We researched production broadcast workflows in detail and built a feature set that is more robust and flexible than any other on the market. Using the API, you can now extract, mux, or copy closed captions files in all major formats, including cea-608/708, DFXP, SAMI, SCC, SRT, TTML and 3GPP Time Text
Brand New User Interface
Our enterprise-grade API feature set is now available in the browser
While we have continuously innovated our API based feature set over the last 5 years we felt the industry was long over due for a professional video encoding workflow in the browser. After 9 months of intensive development, we are proud to announce a completely redesigned browser based toolset for professional video encoding in the cloud. New information architecture and a many new features are available including a complete management interface for vid.ly, universal video service,
Ultra Fast Desktop Uploader
Up to100x faster than FTP, powered by Aspera
Now you can rapidly upload batches of huge source files to the cloud with the Ultra Fast Desktop Uploader powered by Aspera. After the accelerated upload, you can configure multiple output renditions and delivery points using the Encoding.com web interface.
WebM for Wii
Just when I thought WebM was dead…
YouTube launched its first-ever native Wii app Thursday, making it possible for users of the game console to watch videos without relying on the game console’s Opera browser. The Wii app looks somewhat similar to YouTube’s recently-launched PS3 app, with an interesting technical twist: Most videos consumed through it are streamed in Google’s WebM open video format.
So YouTube is still using WebM on its backside transcoding it seems.
Optrix Expand Video Capture with New XD Sports Case Accessories
Glidepro – Hand Stabilizer
– Ideal to capture smooth and steady videos anywhere
– Eliminates the shakes typically associated with hand-held filming
– Utilizes same technology found in professional filmmaking equipment
Dolly – Flexible Roller
– Ideal for tracking shots, time lapse, artistic work and capturing travel videos
– Large wheels provide smooth movement
– 11” adjustable arm allows for unique angles and positions
Monopod – Extendable Arm
– Ideal for self-portraits, high/low angles, self-videos and POV shots
– Extendable arm provides access to hard to reach camera angles and positions
– Lightweight portable design extends up to 3 ft
Flex – Flexible Tripod
– Ideal for usage from unique angles, including poles, tree branches and more
– Flexible legs secure your XD Sport to virtually any surface
– Compact size makes it a perfect travel companion