Webinar: Reducing Stream Latency


Latency seems to be the new battleground for streaming services. While optimising bandwidth and quality are still highly important, they are becoming mature parts of the business of streaming where as latency, and technologies to minimise it – as Apple showed this month – are still developing and vying for position.

Thursday June 27th 2019, 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 18:00 GMT

Here, the Streaming Video Alliance brings together people from large streaming services to explore this topic finding out what they’ve been doing to reduce it, the problems they’ve faced and the solutions which are on the table.

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Speakers

Kevin Johns Kevin Johns
Distinguished Network Architect, Content and Media
CenturyLink
Chris Sammoury Chris Sammoury
Principal Engineer II,
Charter Communications
Richard Oesterreicher Richard Oesterreicher
CEO
Streaming Global/Hellastorm
Patrick Gendron Patrick Gendron
Director, Innovation
Harmonic
Johan Bolin Johan Bolin
Chief Product and Technology Officer,
Edgeware
Steve Miller-Jones Steve Miller-Jones
Vice President of Product Strategy,
Limelight Networks
Jason Thibeault Jason Thibeault
Executive Director,
Streaming Video Alliance

Video: Analysis of emerging video codecs: coding tools, compression efficiency and complexity


Delivering great quality, live video without breaking the bank is difficult. This talk looks at the different ways companies are dealing with this challenge.

NGCodec’s founder, Oliver Gunasekara, starts by quantifying the millions of dollars spent just by one company each year just on delivering their video and introduces the difficulties of CPU encoding compared to dedicated chips – ASICS and looks at how FPGAs fit in. Cloud-based FPGAs are available on AWS, Baidu, Alibaba and others.

After covering Twitch’s move to VP9 on FPGA, the talk finishes looking at on-premise implementation, Oliver looks at the cost of ownership of servers compared to Xilinx FPGA.

Speakers

Oliver Gunasekara Oliver Gunasekara
Founder. & CEO,
NGCodec

Video: How Video is Affected by Human Physiology

How can we make video more appealing to humans? We’ve evolved to live a certain way and this has defined – and will continue to define – our video technologies. MUX founder Jon Dahl talks to us here about the ways in which human physiology drives viewing habits.

Vertical vs. horizontal video, angular resolution and how the typical viewing distances of computers, TVs and other devices affects what resolution we can perceive are all discussed. Jon moves on to frequencies both of audio and video where frame rates and flicker are important and where physics comes into play alongside biology.

Even for the experienced, this talk is bound to bring something new and is a great tour of the fundamentals of the visual perception that our industry relies on and strives to please day in, day out.

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This talk was given at Streaming Tech Sweden which is an annual conference from Eyvinn Technology. Streamed on their own video platform, talks are initially available exclusively to all conference attendees, but are released free-to-view during the subsequent year. Free registration is required to watch the videos.

Speaker

John Dahl John Dahl
Founder,
MUX

Video: Low Latency and High QOE for Live Streaming


Low latency streaming is always a compromise, but what can be done to keep QOE high?

This on-demand webinar looks at CMAF and presents some real-world data on this low latency technique. The webinar starts by explaining that CMAF is a low-latency streaming technology similar to HLS and other streaming protocols where the idea is to deliver the video as small files. Olivier and Alain from Harmonic explain how this is done and look at some of the trade-offs and compromises that are needed and introduce techniques to keep QOE high. They also look at deployment in cloud vs. on premise.

Pieter-Jan Speelmans talks about play tradeoffs and optimisations within the player. CMAF allows the buffer to be reduced and whilst a bad network may mean you buffer is similar to ‘normal’, but in good networks, this buffer can be brought down significantly. He also talks about how ABR switching is impacted by GOP length even in CMAF.

Viaccess-Orca explains how DRM works with CMAF and looks at some of the challenges including licences acquisition time and overloading licence servers at the beginning of events. Akamai’s Will Law explains some benefits of CMAF and the near-real-time of chunk-based transfer (HTTP 1.1) and how downloading chunks at full speed leads to problems when the same broadband link is used by several clients.

There are lots of good talks on CMAF, but this is one of the few which talks about CMAF not as theory, but as is deployable today.

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Speakers

Olivier Karra Olivier Karra
SaaS Business Development Director,
Harmonic Inc.
Alain Pellen Alain Pellen
Sr. Manager, OTT & IPTV Solutions,
Harmonic Inc
Will Law Will Law
Chief Architect – Media Devision,
Akamai
Pieter-Jan Speelmans Pieter-Jan Speelmans
Founder & CTO,
THEOplayer
Nicolas Delahaye Nicolas Delahaye
VP Engineering Player,
Viaccess-Orca

Video: Edit Intelligence In Production Pipelines

Netflix has famously moved in to original content but less-known are its innovations behind the scenes in production workflows.

Eric Reinecke looks at the challenges in moving media and finding ways to correctly pick and choose the right media to move. He looks at the different ways of moving editorial data: the venerable EDL, Avid’s more recent AAF and Final Cut’s XML talking about the pros and cons of them all.

The talk then moves on to OpenTimelineIO which is an API and interchange format for editorial cut information which was designed to help departments in animation studios to work together. Hosted by Pixar, companies like Netflix are finding uses for the API outside of animation and Eric shows demos of how he’s using it within Netflix then ends with a call to get involved!
 

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Speaker

Eric Reinecke Eric Reinecke
Senior Software Engineer, Video Engineering
Netflix

Webinar: New Goals for Innovating Live Sports

Sports broadcasting has always been on the forefront of technology both by developing products specifically for the sporting market such as sports graphics, annotation and ball tracking and also by pressing nearly any new technology that comes along into production.
The result of this relentless thirst for technology is year-by-year better and better productions done in more innovative and often lower-cost ways.

Date: Thursday June 20th, 2019. Time: 16:00 BST
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Remote production has long been a buzz word in sports broadcasting which has taken a long time to take hold (known as REMIs in North America). This is partly because the technologies needed to do it really well and really seamlessly are only just becoming dominant and partly because sports workflows from a technology and a business needs perspective are so different from company to company that one remote production.

However there are ever stronger pushes into remote production which very much brings remote production into day-to-day use in many companies. Kiswe Mobile joins us on this webinar to explain their experience in enabling remote production.

AI is looked on as an important tool in sports broadcasting. With so much data, both visual and textual, AI will increasingly be an excellent tool to parse and interpret these large data sets. Whether this is simply to produce better stats analytics or to comb through the thousands of hours of footage looking for, and logging, interesting events between players, ball possession stats etc.

IBC brings in Jérôme Wauthoz from Tedial and production consultant Mike Ruddell to bring us their experience making the sports on our screens as great as it can be at a cost that broadcasters can afford.

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Speakers

Jérôme Wauthoz Jérôme Wauthoz
Vice President of Products,
Tedial
Francis Zane Francis Zane
Chief Technology Officer,
Kiswe Mobile
Mike Ruddell Mike Ruddell
Sports Production Innovation Consultant

Webinar: Low-Latency CMAF vs. WebRTC

CMAF brings low latency streams of less than 4 seconds into the realms of possibility, WebRTC pushes that below a second – but which is the right technology for you?

Date: June 12th 2019 Time: 11am PST / 2pm EST / 19:00 BST

CMAF represents an evolution of the tried and tested technologies HLS and DASH. With massive scalability and built upon the well-worn tenants of HTTP, Netflix and a whole industry was born and is thriving on these still-evolving technologies. The push to reduce latency further and further has resulted in CMAF which can be used to deliver streams with five to ten times lower latencies.

WebRTC is a Google-backed streaming protocol with the traditional meaning of streaming; it pushes a stream to you a opposed to the HLS-style methods of making small files available for download and reassembly into a stream. One benefit of this is extremely low bitrates of 1 second or less. Used widely by Google Hangouts and Facebook messenger, WebRTC is increasingly an option for more broadcast-style streaming services from live sports & music to gaming and gambling.

Both have advantages and draw-backs so Wowza’s Barry Owen and Anne Balistreri are here to help navigate the ins and outs of both technologies plus answer your questions.

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Speakers

Barry Owen Barry Owen
VP, Professional Services,
Wowza
Anne Balistreri Anne Balistreri
Product Marketing Manager,
Wowza

Video: JPEG-XS and ST 2110

JPEG XS is a brand-new, ultra-low latency standard delivering JPEG 2000 quality with 1000x lower latency; microseconds instead of milliseconds. This mezzanine compression standard promises compression ratios of up to 10:1, resolutions of up to 8K plus HDR and features frame rates from 24 to 120 fps.

Jean-Baptiste Lorent from intoPIX shows how JPEG-XS can be used with SMPTE ST-2110 stack. Part -22 of ST 2110 allows for transport of compressed video essence as an alternative to uncompressed essence – all the other elementary streams stay the same, just the video RTP payload changes. This approach saves a lot of bandwidth and keeps all the existing advantages of moving from SDI to IP at the same time.

Based on TICO which arrived in products four or more years ago allowing HD products to support UHD workflows, JPEG XS was also designed for visually lossless quality and maintaining that quality over multiple re-encoding stages. The combination of very-low microsecond-latency and relatively low bandwidth makes it ideal for remote production of live events.

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Speaker

Jean-Baptiste Lorent Jean-Baptiste Lorent
Director Marketing & Sales
intoPIX

Webinar: Tools for DASH Streaming

MPEG DASH is a standardised, widely-supported protocol for networked streaming – but how can you spot problems and tell if you or another vendor have implemented it right?

This webinar, run by HbbTV – an initiative aimed at merging over-the-air broadcast with broadband delivery (which includes both file-download and streaming) – sets out to explain how you can test your DASH streaming using new tools now available. For instance, HbbTV and DVB have collaborated on a DASH validation tool which checks MPDs, segments and more to be sure that a stream is compliant with both DVB and HbbTV specifications.

Bringing together the experience of Bob Campbell from Eurofins, Waqar Zia from Nomor Research and Juha Joki from Sofia Digital, anyone who develops for, or provides services based on DASH will benefit from this webinar.

Date: 18th June 2019, 16:00 BST / 17:00 CEST

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Speakers

Bob Campbell Bob Campbell
Directory of Engineering,
Eurofins Digital Testing
Juha Joki Juha Joki
Director, Broadcast & Testing
Sofia Digital
Waqar Zia Waqar Zia
Head of Multimedia Delivery,
Nomor Research GmbH

Video: The (Live) Streaming Pro’s Toolbox

Everyone has a go-to program or three they use for problem solving. Here is a review of a whole swathe of diagnosis programs out there for live streaming.

There are known favourites like Wireshark, FFPlay and MediaInfo, free applications such as Eyevinn Technology’s Segment Analyser and the open source YUView. And this also covers paid programs like Elecard’s Stream Analyser and Telestream Switch.

This talk by David Hassoun CEO of RealEyes media is well worth a look because there is bound to be something there you didn’t know about – and who knows how useful that will be to you!

Watch now to find out!

Speakers

David Hassoun David Hassoun
CEO, RealEyes Media