TECHNOLOGIES,MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
Virtual Tables | December 15, 2022
Virtual Tables, an event solutions company, has just launched its newest fan experience feature, Autographed Videos. The new feature enables talent of any industry to sign a personalized autograph in real-time over a 10-second video clip, during a live DigiSign autograph session.This feature was created with the intention to contribute new tools for talent of all levels in the creator economy. With Autographed Videos, talent can now connect more deeply with their fans, create priceless memories, and customize a one-of-a-kind authenticated digital collectible that is uniquely positioned for the modern world's sharing-led digital platforms. Autographed Videos also builds off the core messaging of DigiSign by allowing fan bases worldwide the ability to have access to and meet their favorite athlete or celebrity regardless of geographic location or limitation.
"This is the next step in DigiSign's ever-evolving engagement opportunities, We aim to ensure that all in-person fan experiences are available as compelling virtual experiences that are unique and unforgettable for fan bases worldwide. Autographed Videos are the next generation of fan keepsakes, capturing a full highlight, not just a moment in time."
-Courtney Jeffries, CEO of Virtual Tables.
Where the entertainment industry has previously only made physical items available for a fan's keepsake, Virtual Tables via DigiSign provides innovative technology to celebrities, brands, and teams that open the opportunity to create more meaningful memories. This will assist in driving brand affinity, revenue opportunities, and data collection campaigns through a live signature experience.
Organizations have partnered with Virtual Tables across 30+ countries to utilize their DigiSign feature, including Dorilton Motor Sports, the parent company of Formula 1 team, Williams Racing, the Connecticut Sun WNBA team, the Athletes Unlimited sports league, Broadway Theater's rewards program Audience Rewards, Author Myisha T Hill, Founder of Check Your Privilege, among others. For more information, visit https://digisignstudio.com/business.
About Virtual Tables
Virtual Tables is a virtual events solutions company imagined and built from a producer's point of view to ensure the most seamless and elevated experience for a complete virtual event. By leveraging offerings such as its DigiSign platform, Virtual Tables ensures that remote gatherings remain intimate and revenue streams remain uninterrupted. What started as an industry solution for remote life has staked its claim in the evolution of events as a true staple, a crucial core element to executing a complete event strategy.
Aiven | December 08, 2022
Aiven, the open source cloud data platform,announced a complete open source streaming ecosystem for Apache Kafka®, delivering a robust– and fully open source real-time data ecosystem with the latest additions of its beta service of Aiven for Apache Flink®, a stream processing framework, and Klaw, a data governance tool for Apache Kafka.As the first to offer managed Apache Kafka in the cloud back in 2016, Aiven has become the one, true open source Apache Kafka offering in the market. With the recent acquisition of Klaw, Aiven now provides a comprehensive portfolio of solutions and services around Apache Kafka to let customers transport, manage, process, operate and efficiently govern their organization’s streaming data in real-time. Customers utilizing the Aiven platform can now tap into new capabilities with Aiven’s streamlined, truly end-to-end open source event streaming architecture. Aiven recently announced Klaw in September 2022 after acquiring Kafkawize, a self-service open source data governance tool for Apache Kafka.
“As a leader in the open source community, Aiven is on a mission to manage software that makes developers' lives easier – and with our complete, open source streaming ecosystem of technologies around Aiven for Apache Kafka, we’re able to do just that and more for our users, I couldn’t be more excited to share this streaming ecosystem with the community and continue fueling innovative, data-intensive open source technologies.”
-Oskari Saarenmaa, CEO and Co-Founder of Aiven.
Here is the complete open source streaming architecture included in Aiven’s open source streaming ecosystem for Apache Kafka:
Aiven for Apache Kafka: the core event streaming framework, allowing real-time data transport for any organization. Manage, operate and transport your data streams reliably and in one place, with the ability to also integrate with other Aiven services, cloud regions and external systems.
Aiven for Apache Kafka Connect: a fully managed, fully open source, distributed service enabling customers to integrate existing data sources and sinks seamlessly with Aiven for Apache Kafka
Aiven for Apache Kafka MirrorMaker2: a fully managed, fully open source distributed data replication service for cluster to cluster data replication, disaster recovery and geographic proximity across multiple regions and cloud providers.
Aiven for Apache Flink (beta): a fully managed, fully open source streaming SQL engine for stateful stream processing over data streams
Karapace: a fully open source Kafka Schema Registry that applications can access to serialize and deserialize messages with popular formats such as AVRO, Protobuf and JSON
Klaw: an open source data governance tool that helps enterprises exercise Apache Kafka® topic and schema governance in a self-service manner
We’ve been using a variety of solutions from Aiven for our event streaming needs, such as Aiven for Apache Kafka and Aiven for Apache Kafka Connect. The combination of Kafka from Aiven, its APIs, and the Terraform provider from Aiven, has enabled us to automate almost everything: configuration, deployment, and maintenance,” said Carlos Olmos, Senior Principal Software Engineer from Everactive, an IoT platform based on self-powered sensor devices and low-power wireless communication. Aiven’s support and tooling around Kafka has empowered us to embrace Kafka at Everactive and harness the potential of our streaming data.
Headquartered in Helsinki and with hubs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Boston, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and Toronto. Aiven provides managed open source data technologies, such as PostgreSQL®, Apache Kafka® and OpenSearch®, on all major clouds. Through Aiven, developers can do what they do best: create applications. Meanwhile, Aiven does what they do best: manage cloud data infrastructure. Aiven enables customers to drive business results from open source data technologies that trigger true transformations on a global scale. Most recently, Aiven achieved a $3B valuation and has now raised $420M total funding backed by its investors Atomico, Earlybird, Eurazeo, IVP, Lifeline, Salesforce Ventures, and World Innovation Lab.To learn more about Aiven, visit aiven.io and follow @aiven_io on Twitter. Apache® and Apache Kafka® Kafka, Apache Flink®, Flink are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. No endorsement by the Apache Software Foundation is implied by the use of these marks. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
TECHNOLOGIES,MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
ViewLift | November 17, 2022
ViewLift, a global leader in end-to-end streaming and OTT solutions, today announced the rollout of LIVE 3.0. The new version from ViewLift allows streaming of events anywhere in the world and on any device – Web, iOS, Android, Connected TV devices, or Smart TVs. With the inbuilt Player SDK, Live 3.0 can stream events enabling sports and media companies to deliver high-quality live video.According to the latest report by ‘Reports and Data’, the global video streaming software market size is expected to reach USD 47.57 Billion in 2030 and register a revenue CAGR of 16.3% over the forecast period. Increasing use of mobile devices and internet, expanding demand for Video-on-Demand (VOD) streaming, technical improvements in the digital media business, and a growing requirement for transcoding to provide videos to large numbers of people are expected to be the main driving factors on projected market revenue growth.
ViewLift’s sub-3 second glass-to-glass delivery with high performance low-latency live-streaming capabilities will be used by a large integrated sports and entertainment company – Monumental Sports & Entertainment – to launch a robust digital experience for Mid-Atlantic sports fans across all major streaming devices. The project, the largest and most innovative in ViewLift’s history, follows ViewLift’s recent announcement of its strategic alliance with Australia based SX Global to power the streaming channel WSX.TV and live stream the FIM World Supercross Championship series.
Live 3.0 features
Achieve 100% flexibility on ingest formats
In-built Player SDK to live stream in content creator’s web app with no extra effort
Host live events anywhere - Creator’s website, mobile app, or social media platforms. Or all of them, simultaneously
Stream events anywhere in the world and on any device – Web, iOS, Android, Connected TV devices, or Smart TVs
Live-to-VOD: Record and Publish event replays with a click of a button
Major League Rugby in North America and Italy’s premier Basketball League (Lega Nazionale Pallacanestro) use ViewLift to give millions of viewers the joy of live games. ViewLift’s Live 3.0 services are also being used by leading media houses like Nexstar Media Group and TEGNA. The total number of hours of live stream from the last 12 months across all ViewLift’s clients stands at a whopping 66,000 hours.
"Live streaming technology gives our clients a chance to delight their viewers and fans live in real time, with original and monetized content, and use it to scale live events globally to millions of viewers. ViewLift’s Live 3.0, clients launch live streams in less than a minute and stream events from anywhere in the world and on any device. That responsiveness and performance is perfect for today, and helps content owners future-proof for tomorrow.”
-Rick Allen, CEO at ViewLift,
ViewLift is a full-service digital content distribution platform empowering media companies, sports leagues and teams, broadcasters and others to monetize their content through native branded apps on all major OTT devices. ViewLift operates across the digital ecosystem, understanding each device's unique requirements and best practices. ViewLift offers clients a range of monetization models on a proprietary platform with advanced analytics, tracking performance in real-time.
TECHNOLOGIES,MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
Magewell | December 06, 2022
Magewell has begun shipping its award-winning USB Fusion multi-input video capture and mixing device. The versatile new hardware and accompanying app let users easily combine camera, wired screenshare, and media file sources into attractive live presentations for online lectures, webinars, live streaming, event production, video conferencing, and other applications.
The company also announced an upcoming free firmware upgrade that further expands USB Fusion's rich feature set with additional integration and user convenience capabilities.Featuring two HDMI inputs and one USB webcam input, USB Fusion lets users switch between 1080p60 HD sources or combine two inputs (picture-in-picture or side-by-side) into one output and capture the result into popular Windows, Mac, or Linux software via its USB 3.0 interface. It also offers an HDMI output for connection to a projector, display, or downstream production equipment, making it equally adept as a standalone, tablet-controlled presentation device.
USB Fusion offers three ways for users to compose and control their presentations. On-device buttons allow users to switch between sources or select a combined scene layout, while a browser-based web interface offers presentation management, scene switching, status monitoring, and device configuration. The full presentation power of USB Fusion is unlocked through the free USB Fusion companion app for iOS and Android tablets, which provides expanded layout controls and lets users add pictures, video clips, background music, handwritten notes, and more into their presentations. USB Fusion's live, on-video drawing and notation features have also been a hit with sports organizations and broadcasters looking for easy telestrator capabilities.
Leading the list of new features in the upcoming USB Fusion firmware upgrade is ISO recording. Users can now choose to create an isolated recording of the source feed from one of the device's three inputs, rather than recording the combined output. Presentations and related media assets can now be exported and re-imported for archival purposes or transferring to another USB Fusion unit. Additional new features include scheduled recording; the ability to automatically back up recorded videos or images to Google Drive; and new sleep modes for eco-friendly power management.
"USB Fusion is so versatile that every time we have demonstrated it at a trade show, customers have come up with exciting new ways they can use it, We are excited that USB Fusion is now shipping into users' hands, and pleased to further expand its functionality to support even more use cases."
-Amy Zhou, Sales Director at Magewell
USB Fusion is available immediately through Magewell's global network of authorized channel partners. The new USB Fusion firmware update is currently in beta testing, and is expected to be released before the end of the year. For more information, please visit https://www.magewell.com/s/usb-fusion.
Magewell (www.magewell.com) develops innovative, high-performance video I/O and IP workflow solutions that seamlessly bridge signals, software, streams, and screens. The simplicity, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of Magewell's capture, conversion, and streaming products make them the preferred choice of integrators, end-users, and OEM customers for bringing high-quality AV signals into and out of IP networks and popular software. Magewell solutions power applications including live streaming, event production, video conferencing, multi-site video distribution, remote learning, medical imaging, and more.