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Recently you may have noticed we’ve added a couple of new features: Embed Configurator and Combined Embed.
Why the new capabilities? We’ve been listening to our customers, who needed a more convenient way to embed videos on their websites as well as a more streamlined user experience.
- Previously, the video player and the Videos tab had to be embedded next to each other on the Web page.
- If visitors clicked on the video, it automatically took them to the Ustream page instead of allowing them to watch the video on-site.
If you’re an enterprise customer, now you’ll find on your dashboard a new Combined Embed.
First, you’ll be able to determine the type of embed you want to use:
- Player: A standalone player with the live content of your channel
- Social: Chat, social stream and widgets
- Combined: A custom combination of the Player, Social and Video Gallery embeds
- A full-size preview
- A sidebar with configuration options
- An automatically generated embed code that can be copied to your clipboard
- A large video gallery, with search options
- A new https option for the Player, the Chat/Social Stream and the Combined Embed
- Http/https protocol included in the embed code; this is useful for customers on systems such as WordPress, in which protocol-relative URLs cannot be used in embed codes
Please tell us what you think of the new features — we want to hear from you!
On October 29–30, more than 2,000 individuals representing technology, science and entrepreneurship will gather in Vienna, Austria for the Fourth Annual Pioneers Festival.
Thanks to Ustream, thousands more around the world will be able to experience the event live as it happens through the Pioneers Festival channel.
Established in 2011, the Festival’s mission is to gather the smartest minds in technology and science entrepreneurship “to showcase, impact and shape our tomorrow.” The 2014 slate of speakers includes Fred Destin of Accel Partners, Nancy Duarte of Duarte Design, Neil Patel of Kissmetrics and Justin Kan of Twitch/Y Combinator.
And if that’s not enough, how about a flying car?
At Pioneers Festival 2014, Slovakian company AeroMobil will unveil the Flying Roadster, the prototype of “the world’s most advanced flying car.” The company has been working on developing a flying automobile for two decades, and on October 29, the world will get its first live look — in person in Vienna and around the globe via Ustream
Over the last four years, attendance at the Pioneers Festival has grown from just over 1,600 to 2,500 – and Pioneers Festival 2013 attracted more than 55,000 unique visitors worldwide.
It all kicks off Wednesday, October 29 at 10 am CET; to follow all the action, tune in to the Pioneers Festival channel on Ustream.
Ustream released the new iOS app on August 27th with plenty of new updates and features. Let’s see what’s really under the hood.
The new iOS app has a modern design with reinterpreted surfaces and features, making content discovery seamless and engaging more viewers on both the larger format iPad screen and on iPhone.
The app also allows users to upload videos they have recorded on the built-in iPhone camera app and easily create, edit and delete videos, channels and events inside the application. Live streaming capability has also been enhanced, allowing high-quality 16:9 format broadcasting directly from the phone. Users now have the freedom to upload their own pictures and connect their Facebook and Twitter accounts with the application. By expanding the use-cases to encompass capturing short clips intended for on-demand consumption, the Ustream platform is now even more suitable for applications like knowledge sharing and informal training.
Check out the new state-of-the-art Hungarian office to see where we work hard, dream big, and make Ustream happen!
To learn more about the Hungarian Ustream Office visit the previous blog post!
These two famous Hungarian festivals attract thousands of people from around the globe.
The VOLT Festival runs from July 2-6 and the Balaton Sound from July 10-13. Continue reading
Today’s Behind Ustream blog post comes from the famous hungarian blogger Nóra Oravecz, who is currently our guest in the Ustream San Francisco office.
You can follow her Ustream channel @ oravecznoraofficial Thanks Nóra!
After seven working years outside of startup life, I was excited to step into a new environment: fun, colors, high level of creativity, happy people and of course, dogs. Continue reading
Ustream as a company likes to challenge employees to think outside of the box and fuse in creativity. We believe that being surrounded by unique, innovative people helps develop new ideas.
In February, we hosted an internal Hackathon to give engineers the freedom to work on things they love and to hack solutions that could solve problems to find better ways of doing things at our company.
(To learn more, check out this previous blogpost)
We hoped that in a few months, one or two of the Hackathon projects would become a reality and make it into the product as a feature or a completely new application.
Some of our developers needed a tool to make their life easier. Instead of purchasing an already available product, they gathered together and developed their own tool, now called Openduty. (You can see the source on Github)
The OpenDuty project is an alarm aggregation and dispatching service built for system administrators and support teams on call duty. When an incident happens regarding our server or service, this tool provides a proper alerting system for quick notification. This development will automatically route actionable alerts when a problem occurs and determine whom to contact.
Till the end of the Hackathon contest an internal SMS gateway, a Pagerduty compatible REST API, and a basic admin dashboard was developed. The team succeeded to send automated SMS and phone call notifications for a given alert, escalate it according to a calendar, and see logs according to the failures in the system.
In 2 months they have build a Beta version and started implementing new bells and whistles.
Today, Openduty collects alerts from monitoring tools, provides an overall summary of the alerts and allows users to build notification rules. It provides also the freedom to set up multiple levels of coverage, so if the “primary” on-call person doesn’t respond to an alert in a timely fashion, it’s automatically escalates to a “secondary” person, and so on. The system integrates with GTalk, Push notification, Phone and Text Message (operates through Twilio).
The idea came from Bálint Csergő (Deathowl) who works as an Infrastructure engineer at Ustream Hungary. He and his team constantly work on new ideas to make Ustream’s service better.
We welcome any feedback or ideas regarding this project!
Companies working with cutting-edge technologies have to keep up with the ever-changing software landscape. It is a key to continuously improve products with new features and enhancements as to have an outstanding team within the fast-moving technology.
Tech meetups are a great way to learn or dispense your knowledge to a community that shares your interests, as well to keep connected experts and companies inside the industry.
“Our goal was to create an event where any type of developers, team leaders, agile coaches, engineering managers, executives/founders, UX/product people etc. could learn a lot, and we believe we were able to convince a really unique speaker lineup to achieve this goal,” said Gergely Hodicska, chief organizer from Ustream.
The conference has three pillars: Continue reading