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IBC – 4K, HEVC and broadcasters challenge to engage Generation C

IBC2013 is nearly over, we popped over to Amsterdam to visit the show and see what was new in the world of broadcast. The buzz of 4K is a common theme for the show with Panasonic announcing the release 4K Varicam camcorder with Super35mm size high sensitivity image sensor. With a launch date of January 2014, this could be too little to late with other camera manufacturers already ahead of the game.

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Blackmagic launched their 4K production camera back in April at NAB but the product is not yet shipping, so customers are eagerly awaiting the shipping date and we are waiting to get our hands on one to have a play with.

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Television heads over the top

Yet more evidence consumers are driving change in the way broadcasting works comes in the latest Infonetics research reports that claim Pay TV incumbents are losing subscribers to new IPTV services in Brazil, Russia and Europe, even while Apple now offers the world’s most popular streaming TV solution, Apple TV.

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“We continue to see strong growth among telco IPTV upstarts, like Rostelecom in Russia, GVT in Brazil, KPN in the Netherlands and providers in Eastern Europe where competition for new pay TV subscribers is particularly fierce,” said Infonetics analyst, Jeff Heynen. Read More…

Apple’s 4K Mac Pro, Final Cut and its plans for video

WWDC 2013: Apple has made a big bid to regain its faithful in the pro markets, previewing the next model of its Mac Pro and promising a future version of Final Cut Pro X will include the capacity to work with 4K video content when it ships later this year.

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Apple goes UltraHD

We’ve looked at Apple’s potential move into incredibly high-res video authoring before, underpinned as we expect it to be by support for a high-res standard, HEVC. Apple seems to be in line with these expectations. The Mac Pro the company told us about this week is capable of handling 4K content. Read More…

YouTube takes on cable TV

YouTube appears more like a bona fide television channel every day: it has now begun serving up programming on a pay per view basis with a series of partnerships including some established TV brands and a handpicked initial selection of Creators.

[ABOVE:  Sesame Street aka The Jim Henson Co is among the first 53 channels available via YouTube subscriptions.]

Around 53 partners have launched premium content channels via the international service, and while the selection might be small you shouldn’t underestimate the significance of the step, which puts the Google service squarely in competition with cable and satellite providers. Read More…

iPad effect continues to impact TV, video viewing habits

There is no excuse not to serve up video content in formats supported by mobile devices any more, recent BBC iPlayer data confirms. That’s because tablet viewing via the on-demand television service doubled over the Christmas period as owners of new iPads logged onto the service.

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Why Broadcastpod makes good sense for good business

We’ve written about our Broadcastpod before. This is our enterprise-focused all-in-one video creation solution that transforms the way a company uses video internally and externally, making it simple and saving you money.

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We’ve put together some figures (click the image to the left) that illustrate why the system makes sense for enterprises hoping to make more use of video to promote, manage, educate or connect with their business.

Broadcastpod is an integrated solution we describe as a “studio in a box”. It’s like a beautifully designed photo booth packed with everything you need to create video.

These elements include an easy-to-learn control system, high-quality video camera, and all the encoding and transcoding power you might need to quickly and easily create and publish video materials that support your business.

Growing demand 

An increasing number of our clients request our assistance when they create video presentations. These might include annual statements, CEO messages, in-house training videos, video blogging, live or on-demand webcasts with solutions like Adobe Connect, Google Hangouts and more.

We like to think we do excellent work when managing projects like this, but these projects aren’t cheap. Our figures show the average cost of outsourcing video production jobs is around £4,500 per video.

We’ve listened when many of our enterprise and business customers say they’d like to make more use of video, but the cost is too high. We see a real need for our enterprise customers to invest in equipment they can use to bring video production in-house. Read More…

The future is here: A brief guide to HEVC

H.264, we hardly knew ye — except we did and that now veteran format has become part of the foundation for the delivery of high-quality video over the Web. This changes later this year as a new format hits our virtual town, HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), which requires even less storage and bandwidth.

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