Friday, December 24, 2010
Source: Singularity Hub.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Source: Windows 7 News.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The BCM7422 is the industry's first SoC to combine a 1.3 GHz multi-threaded MIPS® processor with the latest transmission efficient H.264/MPEG Scalable Video Coding (SVC), and Multiview Video Coding(MVC) standards for enabling 1080p60/50 content distribution and full-resolution HD 3DTV.
Complementing this new level of application software and visual performance is a 1G pixel per second OpenGL® ES 2.0 3D GPU for advanced 3D graphics acceleration, as well as integrated whole-home connectivity functionality including MoCA® and DLNA® support.
Source: press release.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Source: High-Def Digest.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
“Advanced compression, such as H.264, is becoming increasingly popular due to its lower bit rate and smaller file size that especially helps networked video solutions,” says Michelle Abraham, Principal Analyst. “The proliferation of video applications, such as user generated content and online video streaming, embedded DVRs and mobile video are serving to increase demand for low cost, high-quality encoders.”
Source: press release.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
"Call of Duty: Black Ops", marks the second year in a row that the Call of Duty franchise has set day one launch records across all forms of entertainment. In its first day on November 9, the blockbuster title sold through approximately 5.6 million copies in North America and the United Kingdom, as compared to 4.7 million copies for last year's "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2", according to internal Activision estimates.
Friday, November 12, 2010
"Microsoft and Polycom are committed to support open, interoperable UC solutions," said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president, Office Business Productivity Marketing Group, Microsoft. "Video collaboration can help improve customer productivity and lower costs. By integrating H.264 SVC technology within our broader solution offering, Microsoft and Polycom can make it easier for millions of people to leverage video communications within familiar Microsoft applications."
Read the press release and watch the video.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
GameString Adrenalin offers what it calls "Personal Cloud Gaming", letting you stream the output from seemingly any game on your PC to a browser, where it can be played on a number of devices.
Adrenalin is optimized to let users remotely play the 3D games installed on their home PC through a web browser. Users can webcast games to others and can allow remote users to play by giving them control of the game.
Sources: App Market, Engadget, The Inquirer.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Why would any sane consumer pay $600 plus $30 a month for something which is available for free elsewhere? I can’t imagine how Cisco imagine this product can provide enough value to convince consumers who believe video calls are something that comes for free with Skype. Based on what I know at the moment I’ll be amazed if it succeeds.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Yoon says that's not true of handheld devices like cell phones and Nintendo's 3DS. The trouble, he explains, comes when trying to mass produce large displays – there are just too many problems with efficiency and cost.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
More information on the WebP website. A performance comparison between H.264 and VP8 for still image coding can be found here on the blog "Diary of an x264 developer".
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Once Cisco ūmi is connected to an HD television and a wired or wireless broadband connection, a remote control provides access to an on-screen user interface, through which users can make ūmi calls, access video messages, manage contacts, and customize their profile and settings.
Users can also record their own ūmi videos, which they can share on Facebook, on YouTube, or via email. Users can even keep in touch with people who don't have ūmi by placing and receiving video calls from any computer with a webcam and Google video chat.
The price is $599.
See the press release and the ūmi website.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The software is available on the Qualcomm Developer Network.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Graphene is the world’s thinnest material and is also the strongest, while being stiff and yet flexible and extremely good conductor of heat and electricity. Electrons travel further in graphene than in any other material, opening up a range of electronic applications. These include: graphene transistors that could help communications technologies exploit the terahertz part of the electromagnetic spectrum; high performance graphene-based integrated circuits and toxin and pollution sensors that are more sensitive than those currently available.
Graphene is also suitable for use in touch screens and optical applications and holds out promise for the creation of thin, elastic, lightweight composite materials.
Hoping to snare consumers who don’t like glasses with their 3DTVs, Toshiba unveiled two LCD 3DTVs that don’t need them. Available by the end of the year in Japan, the 3DTVs will be available in 12- and 20-inch sizes, and allow for 2D viewing as well. Toshiba did not reveal prices, or say when the 3DTVs would be available elsewhere.
“The commercial launch of our 12-inch and 20-inch 3DTVs without glasses in Japan is a first step into the 3D future in the consumer home cinema market,” said Sascha Lange, head of marketing for Toshiba Visual Products, Europe. “But it will take several years to develop larger 3DTVs without glasses with screen sizes of 40 inches and more at a yet reasonable price point.”Source: Home Media Magazine.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
More information at http://www.allegrodvt.com/news.php.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Sony said last week it had agreed to have Google TV on its television sets, and Samsung has said it was looking into using the service.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
MPEG LA previously announced it would not charge royalties for such video through December 31, 2015, and today’s announcement makes clear that royalties will continue not to be charged for such video beyond that time. Products and services other than Internet Broadcast AVC Video continue to be royalty-bearing.
The move is arguably aimed at contrasting Google's royalty-free WebM format, especially in view of the forthcoming HTML5 standard.
Monday, August 23, 2010
The new app allows Fios TV subscribers to stream live TV from their service onto an iPad over a home Wi-Fi connection.
Initially, the service will work only in the home, but Verizon CIO Shaygan Kheradpir said that eventually the service could be offered as part of Verizon's TV-anywhere strategy, allowing people to access live TV anywhere they are using a username and password to authenticate the service.
Source: cnet news.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Source: Nefsis News.
MEAP is by far the region with the greatest 3DTV ownership/interest levels. MEAP has an ownership/definite interest index score of 200, meaning residents in MEAP nations are twice as likely as the global average to own or plan to buy a 3DTV. Latin America follows with an index score of 175.
North America has the highest penetration of HDTVs of any major global region, according to other Nielsen study results. “How People Watch” indicates North America leads in the ownership of high-definition television sets. According to Nielsen analysis, dropping prices, a rapid onset of content and the adoption of Blu-ray players and next-generation video game consoles make North Americans 57% more likely than average to own an HDTV set.
Source: Marketing Charts.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Telepresence represents an important evolution of the videoconferencing market. This trend is expected to accelerate, as mainstream video applications begin to offer telepresence features. Many products exist today that, although they are based on IETF SIP and ITU-T H.323 protocols, lack interoperability due to proprietary extensions needed to these base protocols to offer a user-rich experience. The increased penetration of broadband communications and higher user awareness of video applications, coupled with financial and environmental gains brought by remote collaboration tools have brought a boost to applications such as telepresence. This makes it important that standardized solutions be developed to ensure multi-vendor interoperability on a global basis.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Shipments of IETVs in 2010 will rise by a remarkable 124.9 percent from 12.3 million units last year. Significant growth will continue during the following years. All told, IETV shipments will expand at rates north of 50 percent for the next two years, and then continue to increase at solid double-digit rates until the end of 2014. By then, global IETV shipments are anticipated to reach 148.3 million units, accounting for 54 percent of the total flat-panel TV market.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Source: Linux news.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
See also Ars Technica and Engadget.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The WebM community can use this unstable branch to propose changes to VP8 that will produce the best video codec possible, but without the constraints of a frozen bitstream.
At some point in the future, when the experimental branch proves significantly better than the stable branch, they will create a new version of the codec.
Friday, June 18, 2010
The goal of the meeting is an exchange among companies and university labs driving the technology and the commercial deployment of visual search applications.
MPEG plans to host a small number of invited talks reviewing the underlying technology, addressing applications and requirements a standards body should consider, and/or reporting experiences with prototypes and commercial deployments.
Friday, June 11, 2010
This revision defines a new profile (the Stereo High profile) for two-view video coding with support of interlaced coding tools and specifies the frame packing arrangement SEI message, plus some miscellaneous corrections and clarifications.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
WebM defines the file container structure, video and audio formats. WebM files consist of video streams compressed with the VP8 video codec and audio streams compressed with the Vorbis audio codec. The WebM file structure is based on the Matroska container. The full source code is freely donwloadable.
Just yesterday the x264 community released his personal technical opinion on the VP8 codec in this blog post.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Notably, most sites that support HTML5 automatically detect iPad users and switch to a compatible format, many recent news stories are available in H.264 while most older news content has yet to be re-encoded, and there is very little HTML5 supported episodic content available from major TV networks.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
SCOPIA Elite is the industry’s first standards based MCU to natively support advanced H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) technology. RADVISION’s SVC technology provides a high quality experience over unmanaged networks such as the public Internet, particularly benefitting desktop video conferencing users on the road or teleworkers from their home offices. This approach provides the benefits of high error resiliency while maintaining full interoperability and high quality with conferencing and telepresence systems not currently using SVC.
Tuned for a myriad of wireline and wireless applications, Freescale’s MSC8144 DSP is the workhorse behind SCOPIA Elite high-definition video compression processing, enabling it with high channel density, energy efficiency and form factor advantages. The MSC8144 combines four high-performance 1 GHz DSP cores based on SC3400 StarCore™ technology with 10 MB internal memory and high-speed interconnects such as Serial RapidIO® and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.
Sources: Businesswire, Radvision.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
The Joint Call for Proposals on Video Compression Technology, which was issued jointly by MPEG and ITU-T VCEG in January 2010, had a very successful outcome. 27 complete proposal submissions were received, and the associated video material was evaluated in extensive subjective tests. The JCT-VC has begun identification and integration of proposed design elements toward development of a new video coding design to be known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC).
Moreover, MPEG has decided to launch a separate and immediate standardization effort specifically addressing the need of HTTP based streaming or progressive download of MPEG media and a Call for Proposals, available here, was issued.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Quoting the official YouTube blog:
Making video easily accessible is something we're working hard to address at YouTube. One of the first steps we took was the development of a caption feature in 2008. In November of last year we released auto-captioning for a small, select group of partners. Auto-captioning combines some of the speech-to-text algorithms found in Google's Voice Search to automatically generate video captions when requested by a viewer. The video owner can also download the auto-generated captions, improve them, and upload the new version. Viewers can even choose an option to translate those captions into any one of 50 different languages -- all in just a couple of clicks.
Friday, April 30, 2010
The Web video muddle undermines Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs' argument against Flash made Thursday. He argues that a collection of new Web technologies including HTML5's video can replace what Flash offers and touts the H.264 support in the iPhone, iPad, and Safari. But while the Web video codec debate continues, developers can use Flash to smooth over differences--as long as they don't need to reach the iPhone.
Full article on cnet news.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
This report provides a review of next generation television display technology developments, in order to gain insight into the bit rates likely to be required to deliver such services in the future. It concentrates on the potential development of stereoscopic TV (“3D” TV) and Ultra High Definition television (UHDTV), although other issues such as higher frame rate, wider aspect ratio, greater bit depth, improved chrominance resolution and wider colour gamut are also considered.
The report is freely available in PDF.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
MetaCarta Inc. provides technology for finding anything written about any place. MetaCarta unique technology combines geosearch and geotagging capabilities allowing users to find content about a location in internal and external data stores. MetaCarta's products make data and unstructured content "location-aware" and geographically relevant for easier organization and quicker action. MetaCarta's technology will be used in the area of local search in Location and other services.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
AIC ad hoc group is pleased to announce the production of calls for technologies, use cases, requirement, evaluation procedures and test material for three targeted applications: medical imaging, camera sensors imaging and security applications. AIC ad hoc group also continues the progress in the creation of guidelines for evaluation of coding technologies.
See the press release of the 51st WG1 meeting.
Friday, April 2, 2010
The PrimeSensor Reference Design is a low-cost, plug and play, USB-powered device that can either sit on top of or next to a television screen or a monitor, or be integrated into them. The Reference Design generates realtime depth, color and audio data of the living room scene. It works in all room lighting conditions (whether in complete darkness or in a fully lit room). It does not require the user to wear or hold anything, does not require calibration and does not require computational resources from the host’s processor.
The PrimeSense SoC contains a highly parallel computational logic designed by PrimeSense that calculates the depth value of every pixel, based on the signal from a standard CMOS sensor and the NITE processing middleware translates raw visual data, such as depth and color, into meaningful application commands.
Friday, March 26, 2010
The newly launched XCode 4210 by ViXS incorporates a dual HD 1080p30 decoder that supports picture in picture and the latest H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) decoding standard for content transition to 1080p60/50 broadcasting and an additional media processing engine for flexible decoding of multiple Internet formats.
The XCode 4210 has the ability to transcrypt and transcode any multimedia content to any multimedia and container formats allowing seamless streaming, downloading and sideloading to a multitude of connected consumer entertainment devices, such as set-top box, PC/laptop, TV, game console, DLNA client, wireless tablet, consumer electronics, and wired or wireless portable or smart phone.
The XCode 4210 delivers user performance in excess of 3,200 DMIPS distributed over a main MIPS 74k applications processor and two ARC 750D offload processors, all simultaneously running their own real time operating systems. This level of performance has set a new benchmark in application and communications processing with the highest sustained networked data throughput over 400 Mbit/s in a single chipset.
See the press release.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
The report provides:
- An overview of the U.S. interactive television market, including audience segments and specific advertising options for reaching those consumers
- Key definitions and nomenclature used in interactive television and specific campaign metrics
- Case studies that highlight the available interactive television advertising products
- An overview of the different providers of interactive television advertising and their respective capabilities
- An explanation of key technological and strategic challenges facing interactive television
Friday, March 12, 2010
“SeaWell’s technology is a game-changing innovation that allows video providers to create Internet-ready video content and deliver it to any screen or device in HD quality full-screen resolution or in lower resolutions for low bandwidth mobile devices,” said Northwater Vice President and current SeaWell director, Andrew Harrison. “SeaWell will create a superior experience for the viewer on a platform that is more flexible and infinitely more scalable.”
For more information see www.seawellnetworks.com.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
According to Polycom, today's limited SVC solutions attempt to address these issues, but lack standards-based signaling, which precludes interoperability with any other SVC-based systems, and, more importantly, lack interoperability with all standards-based telepresence systems, desktop video collaboration applications and legacy video conferencing endpoints.
Polycom intends to deliver the first Full SVC solution that addresses all of these issues and provides unmatched interoperability. With Full SVC deployed across video endpoints and infrastructure, Polycom will extend the benefits of SVC universally, allowing modern video systems from across multiple standards to fully interoperate with SVC systems, legacy systems, H.264 systems, Microsoft RTV systems, etc.
See the full press release.
Monday, March 8, 2010
The 3D Mandatory Formats are:
- For movie content:
- Frame Packing
- 1080p @ 23.98/24Hz
- Frame Packing
- For game content:
- Frame Packing
- 720p @ 50 or 59.94/60Hz
- Frame Packing
- For broadcast content:
- Side-by-Side Horizontal
- 1080i @ 50 or 59.94/60Hz
- 720p @ 50 or 59.94/60Hz
- 1080p @ 23.97/24Hz
- Side-by-Side Horizontal
Saturday, March 6, 2010
The top submissions will be presented in a special event during the ACM Multimedia 2010 conference in Florence, Italy. Based on the presentation, winners will be selected for Grand Challenge awards.
2010 challenges are the following:
- Google challenge: Robust, As-Accurate-As-Human Genre Classification for Video
- Google challenge: Indexing and Fast Interactive Searching in Personal Diaries
- Radvision challenge: Video Conferencing To Surpass “In-Person” Meeting Experience
- Radvision challenge: Real-time Data Collaboration Adaptation for Multi-Device Video Conferencing
- HP challenge: High Impact Visual Communication
- Nokia challenge: Where was this Photo Taken, and How?
- Yahoo! challenge: Novel Image Understanding
- Yahoo! challenge: Robust Automatic Segmentation of Video According to Narrative Themes
Friday, March 5, 2010
- "Constant quality variable bit-rate control for SVC" by Tea Anselmo and Daniele Alfonso.
- "Error Concealment of Intra Coded Video Frames" by Riccardo Bernardini, Luca Celetto, Gianluca Gennari, Matteo Petrani and Roberto Rinaldo.
- "H.264/AVC Stereo Video Compression Benchmarking" by Subarna Tripathi, Emiliano Piccinelli and Davide Aliprandi.
- "Segment-Based Depth Maps Extraction from Stereo Video Content" by Alberto La Martina, Davide Aliprandi and Emiliano Piccinelli
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Three of the top five mobile phone vendors experienced a decline in sales in 2009 (Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson). The top five vendors continued to lose market share to Apple and other vendors, with their combined share dropping from 79.7 in 2008 to 75.3 per cent in 2009.
On the OS side, the two best performers in 2009 were Android and Apple. Android increased its market share by 3.5 percentage points in 2009, while Apple's share grew by 6.2 percentage points from 2008, which helped it move to the No. 3 position and displace Microsoft Windows Mobile.
Much more information in the press release.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Cnet news reports that Microsoft is also helping NBC by allowing the broadcaster to easily insert ads into the middle of video streams when there is a break in the action, something that proved to be technologically challenging for Beijing, where only so-called "pre-roll" ads were used.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Full news release here.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Moonlight is an open source implementation of Silverlight, primarily for Linux and other Unix/X11 based operating systems.
Moonlight 2, released on December 2009, runs the Silverlight 2.0 MS-PL controls and 2.0 based applications. The final release of Moonlight 3 is scheduled for Q3'10 and will offer HD Smooth Streaming and native support for MPEG-4-based H.264/AAC Audio. An integrated H.264/AVC decoder is not yet available, though...
Friday, January 29, 2010
MPEG and VCEG established a Joint Collaborative Team (JCT) with the mandate to develop the new video coding technology by July 2012, achieving substantially greater bitrate reduction over MPEG-4 AVC High Profile, as specified in the document "Vision, Applications and Requirements for High-Performance Video Coding" (here).
The proposals will be evaluated during the 92nd MPEG meeting, to be held in Dresden, Germany, on April 2010.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Image source: DisplaySearch Quarterly TV Design and Features Report. See the press release.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
To achieve the demonstration, Intel partnered with Vidyo, a provider of high-definition video conferencing software that uses a multipoint architecture based on the Scalable Video Coding extension to the H.264/AVC standard running on the next generation Moorestown implementation of Intel's Atom processors. Moorestown is a system on a chip that incorporates a next-generation 45-nanometer Atom processor.
All CES keynotes videos are available here.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Google is planning on using software which recognises the posters on a theatre – for instance – and can replace them with a new advert or information. This will allow the theatre to promote its current plays, in spite of a Google Street View image being old.
Friday, January 15, 2010
After a 2009 dominated by lower year-over-year monthly sales figures, the video game industry turned things around in a huge way just in time for the holidays, recording its best month ever, reported analyst firm The NPD Group on Thursday.
According to NPD, the industry turned in U.S. sales of $5.53 billion in December, up 4 percent from $5.32 billion a year earlier. While it could not have been any more of a relief to the companies in the video games business that they had finally turned in a month of year-over-year growth, the December results were especially impressive given that in December 2008 the industry for the first time surpassed the $5 billion mark for a single month.
But despite the fantastic December, the nine straight previous months of lower sales meant that total 2009 industry sales came in 8 percent below those of 2008, the best year the industry has yet seen.
Source: cnet news.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
In its first five days alone, the game sold an estimated $550 million worldwide, outpacing five-day worldwide theatrical box office gross figures for such films as Avatar, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Dark Night.
Modern Warfare 2 is rated "M" (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Language.
Source: press release and I4U.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Intel expects WiDi systems from several PC makers to be available in Best Buy stores by January 17 as reported in the new official WiDi website.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Skype also announced support for video calls on PCs in 720p HD resolution at 30fps, using new Skype Certified HD webcams that can handle the video encoding and processing onboard, removing the need for a high-performance computer to encode the HD video.
Source: I4U News here and here.
Monday, January 4, 2010
The problem is that for a 3D picture, two images have to be shown nearly simultaneously. Since HDMI 1.3 can’t handle two 1080p pictures at that speed, you’ll get two 1080i pictures. With HDMI 1.3 cable boxes, you’ll have the choice between HD and 3D, but not both.
Source: High-Def Digest.