Category Archives: Ustream

Slack Video Integration for Live Notifications

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Slack Video Integration for Live Notfications

Using Slack for its collaborative capabilities? Looking for ways to bolster that effort through autonomous notifications of your streaming projects? Ustream is introducing a new Slack video integration that surrounding Ustream video channels. The integration allows broadcasters to link to a Slack channel to push automatic notifications, and works with both Ustream Align for internal communication and Pro Broadcasting. It creates an easy way for team members and followers to get informed about the latest live stream or video on demand content.

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Interlaced Video & Deinterlacing for Streaming

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Interlace video example before deinterlacing

Have you ever seen video content that looks like the image to the right, but weren’t sure of the cause? These overt horizontal lines, appearing as pixelation around movement like out of an old school Atari game, are an artifact created from presenting an interlaced source in a progressive format.

This article explains what is interlaced video content and what sources, such as analogue cameras, can produce this type of video content on live streams. It then goes over deinterlacing techniques to remove this artifact and how to easily enable it on the encoder side… and why you wouldn’t want to use deinterlacing on content that is already progressive.

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Keyframes, InterFrame & Video Compression

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Keyframes, InterFrame & Video Compression

The default mental image of video compression involves unwanted video artifacts, like pixelation and blockiness in the image. This sells short, though, the complexity that actually goes into compressing video content. In particular, it overlooks a fascinating process called interframe, which involves keyframes and delta frames to intelligently compress content in a manner that is intended to go unnoticed.

This article describes this process in detail, while also giving best practices and ideal encoder settings that you can apply to your live streaming at Ustream.

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The History of Ustream at NAB

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From April 16th through the 21st, the Las Vegas Convention Center will be taken over by 100,000 video professionals and content creators from 150+ countries looking for the chance to get hands-on experience with emerging technologies and the latest innovations in video production and delivery. NAB 2016 is right around the corner, and Ustream has had the privilege of attending the big event 4 years in a row. Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights and the history of Ustream at NAB.

2012
Ustream started our presence at NAB way back in 2012 by providing live coverage for our partners at NewTek, TWiT & Panasonic, and combined all of the action into one super channel that helped viewers keep up on all of the excitement at the show.

2013
The theme of NAB 2013 was the evolution of broadcast media and how social media and consumer engagement are changing the industry landscape. Ustream’s CEO & Founder, Brad Hunstable, had the pleasure of hosting a session about the “Reinvention of Live Media” that went into depth about how Ustream stays ahead of the curve of the new age of real time consumer behavior. We also sponsored the Technology Awards Luncheon, where the National Association of Broadcasters gave recognition to some of the most innovative people in the video community.

2014
In 2014, Teradek broadcasted coverage from NAB and updated online audiences on the latest and greatest announcements from the world’s largest broadcast equipment manufacturers and industry influencers. The live show was streamed exclusively on Ustream for 32 hours over the course of 4 days and offered Spanish captioning for the very first time. Special segments were provided by a variety of partners, including Streaming Media, Philip Bloom, & Broadcast Beat, who each offered their own unique perspective on the industry and provided a well-rounded report of everything happening on the show floor.

2015
NAB 2015 was also the debut of the Online Video Conference, where executives from digital media firms gathered to discuss issues such as online original content, the migration to over-the-top (OTT) content and online advertising metrics. This set the stage for Ustream to show off our latest solution for marketers, Ustream Pro Broadcasting Video Marketing Module, along with our platforms for internal communicators and broadcasters: Ustream Align and Ustream Pro Broadcaster in addition to being the exclusive onsite live streaming provider for clients such as Teradek, Maxon, Sony, Adobe and JVC.

What does Ustream have in store for NAB 2016? Well, you are going to have to join us in Las Vegas to find out! Register today using the code “LV7669” to get access to the show for free until April 1st. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Video Terms: Live Streaming & Hosting Glossary

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Video Glossary of terms for live streaming and video hosting

A streaming media and video glossary that contains definitions of video terms, technologies and techniques related to live streaming, broadcasting and video hosting.

These video terms are relevant for both new techniques and legacy methods, which still have ramifications today when handling older media. The glossary will be continuously updated as the industry evolves.


# | A | B | C | D | EH | IJ | K | L | MO | P | R | S | T | U | V


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Live at IBM Interconnect 2016

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IBM Interconnect is the premiere event to learn how to get the most out of your existing investments with hands-on training in cloud and mobile solutions built for security, powered by cognitive, and equipped with advanced analytics. And now that Ustream is a part of the Cloud Video Services unit, we had the privilege of being a part of the event.

In addition to having the opportunity to meet our new IBM friends & family face to face, we were also excited for the chance to get hands on expierence and an insiders look into some of the amazing technology that IBM is a part of. From dancing robots to a BB8 droid that you can control with your mind, the future of IBM is evolving. We may be a bit biased, but the biggest stars of the show were located in the Cloud Video Services unit, specifically the folks at Clearleap, Aspara, Cleversafe and of course Ustream.

We were also honored to have the opportunity to hit the main stage at the Cloud/Mobile expo Theatre, where our VP of Product, Alden Fertig addressed the community and discussed how video has become a global medium for communication for entertainment, information and applications with his presentation: “Video Has Become a ‘First Class’ Data Type in Enterprise”.

Thank you for joining us at IBM Interconnect 2016, and we look forward to seeing you again next year! In the meantime, reach out to one of our sales representatives to learn more about how the IBM Video Cloud can help you and your business make the big leap into the future.

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The New Viewing Experience is Here

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We’re happy to announce that the new Viewing Experience that we’ve announced in December is now publicly available for all broadcasters!

The new channel design comes with lots of benefits:

  • Responsive layout looking great on all screen sizes
  • Large player and more room for the chat
  • Large video gallery
  • Interactive Chat & Social Stream
  • Description now available for VODs
  • Less ads on the page and a lot more room for your content.

Customization options include:

  • Cover image
  • About section with rich text formatting, including images and links
  • Links to external websites (Facebook, Twitter, Paypal etc)
  • Links to your other channels on Ustream

To see the new look in action, check out these channels that are already on the new design:

A great thing about the new design is that all customization will carry over to mobile. The iOS and Android app updates will be released in a few weeks.

From now on all new channels get the new design by default. If you have an existing channel you can choose to migrate to the new design manually until April 2nd, 2016 when the old channel design will be discontinued.

Visit your Dashboard to see what’s new and don’t forget to leave us feedback!

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2016

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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Connecting people through the power of live video technology is something we take very seriously here at Ustream. After all, by 2017 80% of all the world data will be video! But there is only one thing that we feel even more passionate about, and that is our love for dogs. At any given moment there are no less than 2 canines lounging around the Ustream office, and each one is treated as an equal member of the team. Even as we were in discussions with IBM, one thing was very clear. The dogs stay. Which is probably why the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is truly the must watch event of the year. More than 2,000 dogs are vying for the ultimate title of best in show, and we all have our favorites.

The festivities kicked off Monday 2/15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City with the winners of the herding, non-sporting, toy and hound groups selected. Tonight we will learn who is the top dog in the sporting, working and terrier groups, leading up to the highly anticipated Best in Show announcement! And since an event this size entails far more action than can be captured on a single channel, the Westminster Kennel Club has dedicated 8 Ustream channels to bring you live action from every single ring.

Tune in LIVE tonight at 5:00 PST to learn who takes home Best in Show! 

A Brief History of Streaming Video

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Video is everywhere, and by 2017 80% of all the world data will be video. It feels like the world suddenly discovered live streaming, which is something we’ve been doing here at Ustream since 2007. In fact, don’t tell Periscope or Meercat, but live streaming on mobile devices isn’t even new. We introduced our first broadcast-capable apps for iOS and Android all the way back in 2009 (really!) and since then we’ve helped Fortune 500 companies launch new products, broadcast concerts from famous recording artists, help citizen journalists document events, and family members share special moment via live, on-the-scenes broadcasts.

Now don’t get us wrong … we’re very happy that live streaming is getting a lot of buzz and that everyone decided to join the party. We’d like to take a step back and show you a brief history of streaming video and how we got to where we are now!

A Brief History of Streaming Video

 

Live Demo: Getting Started with Ustream

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No matter what size your company is, it’s a no brainer that integrating live and recorded video into your communication strategy is the key to success. But where do you start? Luckily our technical Sales Engineer, Adam Pastana, is here to save the day and will walk you through getting started with Ustream, and cover the basics on how to quickly get up and running with the Ustream platform. This live demo will include:

  • Uploading and managing videos
  • Creating live streams
  • Scheduling events
  • Embedding the video player on your site
  • Understanding your viewership analytics

Leveraging Ustream as your all in one video solution is easier than you think! Join us live on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 @ 11am PST | 2pm EST

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