Video: Using CMAF to Cut Costs, Simplify Workflows & Reduce Latency

There are two ways to stream video online, either pushing from the server to the device like WebRTC, MPEG transport streams and similar technologies, or allowing the receiving device to request chunks of the stream which is how the majority of internet streaming is done – using HLS and similar formats.

Chunk-based streaming is generally seen as more scalable of these two methods but suffers extra latency due to buffering several chunks each of which can represent between 1 and, typically, 10 seconds of video.

CMAF is one technology here to change that by allowing players to buffer less video. How does this achieve this? An, perhaps more important, can it really cut costs? Iraj Sodagar from NexTreams is here to explain how in this talk from Streaming Media West, 2018.

Iraj covers:

  • A brief history of CMAF (Common Media Format)
  • The core technologies (ISO BMFF, Codecs, captions etc.)
  • Media Data Object (Chunks, Fragments, Segments)
  • Different ways of video delivery
  • Switching Sets (for ABR)
  • Content Protection
  • CTA WAVE project
  • Wave content specifications
  • Live Linear Content with Wave & CMAF
  • Low-latency CMAF usage
  • HTTP 1.1 Chunked Transfer Encoding
  • MPEG DASH

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Speaker

Iraj Sodagar Iraj Sodagar
Independant Consultant
Multimedia System Architect, NexTreams

Webinar: Video Delivery Trends


Date: Thursday February 28th 2019, 10am PT / 1PM ET / 18:00 GMT

Streaming continues to grow, in amount streamed, in people consuming it and in importance within this and other industries. One things which has always been an enabler yet made streaming harder to deploy is its rapid evolution. Whilst this has been a boon for smaller, nimbler companies – both content producers and service providers – the streaming has now arrived at most companies in one way or another and this breadth of use-cases has kept streaming tech moving forward and showing no signs of abatement.

Some aspects are changing. For instance we are seeing the first patent-free MPEG standard proposals (EVC, which has basic patent-free functionality and a better performing patent-controlled profile) on the heels of AV1. We’re seeing low-latency efforts such as CMAF taking hold as an alternative to WebRTC. With CMAF being much closer to the ever popular HLS, this may well beat out WebRTC in deployments at the cost of a slightly higher, but much improved latency.

To bring all of this in to focus for 2019, Jason Thibeault from the Streaming Video Alliance is bringing together a panel of experts to look at the coming trends and to give us an idea of what to look out for, and how to make sense, of 2019’s year of video delivery.

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Speakers

Guillaume Bichot Guillaume Bichot
Head of Exploration,
Broadpeak
Joshua Pressnell Joshua Pressnell
Chief Technology Officer,
Penthera
Pierre-Louis Theron Pierre-Louis Theron
CEO & Co-founder
Streamroot
Johan Bolin Johan Bolin
Chief Product & Technology Officer,
Edgeware AB
Steve Miller-Jones Steve Miller-Jones
Vice President of Product Strategy
Limelight Networks
Jason Thibeault Moderator:
Jason Thibeault

Executive Director
Streaming Video Alliance

Webinar: CMAF Low Latency Webinar


Date: Jan 30th, 9am PT / 17:00 GMT

Bitmovin presents a delve into CMAF – the new low-latency streaming protocol which promises online streaming latencies on-par with traditional broadcast.

Leaders in this space, Anevia, Bitmovin and Fastly come together to discuss whether the industry is in adopting CMAF, how you can implement it and how it works.

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Webinar: Latency Still Sucks – So What Can You Do About It Today?

Date: Thursday 6th December, 2018. 11AM PT / 2PM ET / 19:00 GMT

Nobody wants to find out about a big play or major news event on Twitter before they see it in their video stream, so reducing latency is crucial for OTT services’ success. Likewise, ultra-low latency is crucial for interactive streaming applications. Depending on your use case, a few seconds of latency might be fine, or you might need to try to hit that sub-second target.

Learn which technologies and solutions are best for your business, and make sure your viewers get their video on time, every time. In this webinar, you’ll learn the following:

  • Why it’s important to evaluate and improve latency end-to-end, including software and services, encoder, platform, and player
  • How to decide which technology and solution is best for your use case (e.g. CMAF, HLS/DASH, WebRTC, Websocket)
  • How chunked CMAF offers a standards-based approach that allows latency to be decoupled from segment duration
  • How chunked CMAF leverages existing CDN HTTP capacity to provide low-latency solutions at high scale
  • How WebRTC can be used to deliver live video sub-second latency at scale, and provide rich, interactive experiences for live streaming applications
  • How a single misconfigured component can undo any other effort to achieve low latency
  • How integrated solutions create new business opportunities for low latency interactive use cases
  • How to achieve low latency across all platforms and devices

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Speakers

Will Law Will Law
Chief Architect,
Akamai Technologies
Oliver Lietz Oliver Lietz
CEO,
nanocosmos GMBH
Pieter-Jan Speelmans Pieter-Jan Speelmans
CTO,
THEOplayer
Steve Miller-Jones Steve Miller-Jones
VP of Product Strategy,
Limelight
Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen Moderator: Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen
Editor-in-Chief,
Streaming Media

Video: Lessons learned from streaming the World Cup live in UHD with HDR

A step by walk through fuboTV’s FIFA World Cup streaming system. Delivering to FOX, Billy Romero and Thomas Symborski explain the challenges and the successes streaming from Russia to the US in UHD HDR.

This talk from Demuxed 2018 shows examples of how social media can help get reports back of problems and the real life usage stats. Billy and Thomas explain their system from commissioning through vendor choice and all the way to CMAF delivery.

A refreshingly transparent talk which is well worth watching!

Speakers

Billy Romero Billy Romero
Video Operations Manager,
fuboTV
Thomas Symborski Thomas Symborski
Research & Innovation Tech. Lead

Video: CHUNKY MONKEY – using chunked-encoded chunked-transferred CMAF to bring low latency live to very large scale audiences

Will Law from Akamai proves his chunky credentials by telling us how to achive very low-latency streaming in his talk at Demuxed 2018.

In the jungle of solutions for low latency live streaming, there are many current options ranging from WebRTC, to proprietary UDP protocols to standard segmented media with ever-shortening segments. This session highlights one of these – chunked-encoded chunked-transferred CMAF – as a optimal and practical confluence of both reach and performance. On the technical side we’ll investigate the underlying technology, the latency regimes possible, compatibility with legacy players, cachability on delivery networks and player behavior requirements. Including live demonstrations of several streams on a production network. This talks brings a standards perspective from DVB and DASH as well as CDN support. As a sweetener, Will points you at open source code on both the encoder and player side for doing this all yourself.

Speaker:

Will Law Will Law
Chief Architect, Media Cloud Engineering
Akamai Technologies

Video: The Quest for Low-Latency Live Video


A great discussion from Streaming Media East discussing the battle to achieve Low-Latency Live Video by speakers from BAMTECH, Limelight and Red5Pro.In this session, learn about the pros and cons of various technologies on both the contribution and delivery side of lowlatency streaming, including small chunk size HLS/DASH, WebRTC, WebSockets, QUIC, SRT, and CMAF:

  • What does ‘Low Latency’ mean? Realtime? Are Cable & TV low-latency?
  • How do you synchronise OTT with Data and TV
  • Where is latency introduced? Which buffers have the biggest impact?
  • How can you fight rebuffing and which metric is the most useful?
  • Pros and Cons of WebRTC
  • How to stream 4K/VR?
  • Plus Q&A

Speakers
Jason Hofmann, VP of Architecture, Limelight Networks
Bill Zurat, VP, Core Media, BAMTECH Media
Chris Allen, CEO and Co-founder, Red5Pro and Red5

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Webinar: DRM – Back to Basics


Webinar: 15:00 & 20:00 BST 24th May 2018

Watching this webinar, you will learn about selecting and implementing the right premium content protection/DRM.

Content protection is key to a successful content monetisation strategy and with the recent evolution of streaming formats and standards, it is now easier than ever to create DRM-protected streaming systems. The ability to support all of today’s DRMs – including Widevine, Fairplay and PlayReady – in an efficient and easy-to-manage workflow is crucial for operators who want to enable richer feature sets, such as offline viewing and TVE.

Join Irdeto and Bitmovin for a live webinar to explore
+ Common approaches for Digital Rights Management in 2018
+ Changes coming to common workflows with CMAF (click here for primer on CMAF)
+ Real-world implementations of simple and complex systems

Register for the live webinar!

DATE & TIME:
2 sessions on Thursday, May 24

  • first at 4pm Central EU / 10am Eastern / 7am Pacific
  • second at 8pm Central EU / 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific

Webinar: Online Video Formats: 2018 and Beyond


Webinar: Tue, Mar 27, 2018 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM BST
Sifting through the plethora of online codecs current and upcoming, Jason Thibeault and Thierry Fautier present this webinar from Harmonic and the Streaming Video Alliance

Recently, we have seen renewed attention on HEVC following Apple’s announcement to support the codec on their devices. 6 months later, Apple surprisingly became a founding member of the Alliance for Open Media (AOM) as a supporter of the AV1 codec. Yet, while the AOM group claims AV1 provides better performance than HEVC and will be offered royalty-free, there are some academic benchmarks who find AV1 inferior to HEVC on codec quality and performance.
In the meantime, MPEG / ITU-T is working on a next generation video codec, in a group called JVET (Joint Video Exploration Team) that has a mandate to deliver a video compression standard that can reach 50% over HEVC in 2020. Additionally, on the streaming side, we have seen the MPEG CMAF standard getting some traction not only to unify the HLS and DASH worlds, but also to offer the long awaited low latency delay solution for OTT.

This panel will discuss perspectives on these video compression technologies to help content providers, broadcasters, and service providers figure out the best path forward to distribute content over the internet in the coming years.

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Video: Low-Latency Live OTT Streaming CMAF and the alternatives

Will Law, shows we can get close to traditional live broadcast latency even over OTT. Summarising the typical latency and capability of the various streaming protocols, Will introduces CMAF and explains why this is destined to significantly reduce steaming latency.

Will’s enthusiastic and detailed explanations and the slides are a great reference to understand the pros and cons of HLS, Smoothstreaming, RTMP, WebRTC etc. even without the CMAF introduction which is a great primer for the future.

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