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NYVideo 2.0: Video of June Meetup

Jun 26, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Industry News

NYVideo 2.0 is a remarkably active and vibrant meetup group here in NYC that focuses on Video-centric startups and web companies. I unfortunately missed this month’s meeting, but luckily for me (and for you) they shot a video. This month’s star-studded list of presenters were:
1. Visible Measures – Matt Cutler, VP Marketing & Analytics
2. Hulu – Kevin McGurn, VP National Sales
3. Boxee – Avner Ronen, Co-founder & CEO
4. MediaMerx – Tejpaul Bhatia, Co-founder & CEO
5. Move Networks – Bob Bryson, SVP, Sales & BD

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  • Steve Wolkoff – Gone too soon.

    Jun 24, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements

    Steve Wolkoff, formerly of Adobe’s Flash Media Server team, was involved in a tragic accident this past weekend. A drunk driver took his life, and critically injured his girlfriend, Cindy.

    He leaves behind a legacy not only in the lives he touched with his open heart and good nature, but also in Flash Media Server, the project he fostered while at Adobe.

    Steve’s memorial page on Freewheel: http://www.freewheel.tv/

    Memorial page on Doubleclick: http://doubleclickalumni.org/2008/06/22/sadness-yet-again.aspx

    News coverage of the accident: http://www.insidebayarea.com/sanmateocountytimes/localnews/ci_9661670

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  • Flash 411 airs on Adobe TV!

    Jun 19, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Announcements, Video Podcasts

    I’ve been working with Adobe on a series of video podcasts about working with video in Flash — the first episode, “Video in Flash: Crash Course,” has just posted. There are lots of other useful and interesting ‘shows’ there as well, so be sure to stop by AdobeTV to check them out.

    In the meantime, here’s Flash 411, for your viewing pleasure!

    FlashBelt 2008: “Videophobes” session resources

    Jun 11, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Resources, Tutorials & Code

    Thanks to everyone who attended my session today, “Custom Video Players for Videophobes”. As promised, here are the slides, source files, and links.

    –> Presentation [PDF] <-- --> Source files [ZIP] <-- The pre-built video players I mentioned are:

    Be sure to check out the Adobe Developer Connection for additional tutorials and tools for Flash Video.

    If you missed this year’s Flashbelt, be sure to mark your calendar for next year! This is truly the conference not to be missed… great networking, fantastic speakers, laid-back vibe. Dave, you’ve done it again! Midwest is the best 🙂

    FlashBelt Day 2: Geoff Stearns, YouTube!

    Jun 10, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Inspiration

    Geoff is “the man” when it comes to YouTube’s embeddable player framework… he gave us some insight into the nextgen YouTube player, and shared some user-gen gems.

    Some tidbits:

    • Use MTASC!
    • To prevent playback outside of the YouTube player, they require a token to be passed back and forth. This required them to create a ‘container SWF’ that loads in the actual player SWF to allow the Player to be cached, saving them TONS of bandwidth.
    • Widescreen and standard versions supported
    • Custom skin colors
    • Easy to add new features, easy to enable/disable on the fly. Runtime modules (separate SWFs for each feature) are used instead of having all features built into the player. These modules are internal only, but you can use the API to add some customization. i.e. annotations (closed captioning, speech bubbles, interactive hotspots!)
    • Targeting 40 different languages for player (about 19 now)
    • Keyboard controls (playback, volume, etc) Can be turned off.
    • Can use an AS2 wrapper to use the player in AS3 projects.
    • Robust javascript API to control/receive events via the webpage. This can be used to synchronize slides/urls/etc with video, create chapter links, etc., etc.
    • Uses pseudo-streaming (you can jump ahead to parts of the video that haven’t downloaded yet, even though it is progressive video.)
    • onStateChange events, etc. to keep track of how users are interacting with your video.
    • Maximum time between keyframes has been decreased to 2 seconds, for better seeking.
    • Chromeless Player available: http://code.google.com/apis/youtube/chromeless_player_reference.html (only has YouTube watermark and loading spinner)
    • JW Player integrates with the new framework, so you can embed YouTube videos into that open-source player. Slide (FaceBook widget) does the same.
    • YouTube GData API gives you access to YouTube data in XML format. Allows you to build a YouTube clone, using their bandwidth (but still has the YouTube watermark, of course).
    • AS3 player is in the works (chromeless player will be first)!
    • 10-minute limit: Register as a developer/partner, and get around this limit. Quality/file-size limit has been increased to 1GB.
    • Audience question: “Any plans for a Silverlight player?” Answer: “Aww.. c’mon… [laughter]” (translation: Um, no.) 🙂

    Get help: http://groups.google.com/group/youtube-api

    Get Geoff’s presentation: http://tinyurl.com/5vytgz

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  • FlashBelt 2008: Day 1: firstborn video tips

    Jun 9, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Inspiration

    Dan Lacivita from firstborn: workflow and process of 3D/Video projects.

    Dan offered some tips:

    • Video looping issues; they often use PNG sequences for short loops. Just be sure to synch up your framerate (they used onEnterFrame script to control the playback speed).
    • Encoding and compression. For their Lowe’s project, they decided against H.264, due to color saturation issues and player requirements. Started with On2 Flix Pro, but they were dissatisfied with the compression of high-motion clips. Ended up using Sorenson Squeeze with On2 VP6. Tip: Always use a CDN to deliver the video content, don’t let your client skimp on hosting!
    • Trick for creating a dynamic mask: can use a PNG as an overlay to shade items on the Stage. Read the values in AS, and control the Z-depth according to the bitmap data/pixel values.

    FlashBelt 2008: Wish you were here!

    Jun 9, 2008 Author: Lisa Larson-Kelley | Filed under: Industry News

    I’ve just arrived in Minneapolis, and taking in the first couple of sessions: First was an inspiring presentation on “emergence” with Jeremy Thorpe, and now Seb Lee-Delisle’s PaperVision3D session. Hurrah for intelligent agents, and 3-D cows! 🙂

    I had to head to the airport at 4am this morning, so I’m taking a nap break, but will be back for the afternoon sessions. Will check back in with an afternoon update.

    The turnout for FlashBelt this year is great, and the energy is high (as always!) If you are anywhere near Minnesota, you’ve gotta get over here!

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