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Look for MPEG DASH to take off in 2013

     MPEG DASH might be the future of Online video streaming providing a single format for many devices to consume. It's exciting that streaming video producers hope to streamline the existing workflows to deliver streaming content to multiple types of devices, IOS and Adroid phones and connected TV's.

Utilizing a single encoder point for many types of devices simplifies the productiion effort to provide content to a large cross section of viewers that are using different devices.

Nate Silver is a Rockstar

Nate Silver has lived a preposterously interesting life. In 2002, while toiling away as a lowly consultant for the accounting firm KPMG, he hatched a revolutionary method for predicting the performance of baseball players, which the Web site Baseball Prospectus subsequently acquired. The following year, he took up poker in his spare time and quit his job after winning $15,000 in six months. (His annual poker winnings soon ran into the six-figures.) Then, in early 2008, Silver noticed that most political prognostication was bunk. Silver promptly reinvented that field, too.

Apple Iphone's 5 years old now and still going strong

 I reflect back on when I picked up my first iPhone, the original on June 29, 2007. It was  something I wanted to do, I had  growth tired of my  Moto Razer with poor internet access and email capabilities. The line at the Apple store here in Ohio was not long. Many people had not even heard of the phone and I was able to simply walk right in and pick one up. I was dropping  Sprint as my carrier and was happy to go over to the ATT edge network with my new iPhone and PDA. I had at one time used the Palm Pilot Pro and Palm Pilot Tungsten and liked the ability to carry a personal computing device in my pocket.

 The new adventure with an Internet ready device that actually had a browser that worked like the one on my computer or laptop was intriguing to say the least. I could check my web sites I hosted when away from the office and also reply to requests from customers immediately and provide a higher level of service. I had used a Blackberry and was carrying one for work purposes but the thought of one device to do everything was great.

I could even put my music on my phone to play back in my car! What I did not realize at the time of purchase was that I was making a change to a truly revolutionary device which has changed the way my business associates, friends and family work and play.

Steve Jobs has left us something that no one on the planet can deny has changed the way we live, work and play, for the better. He changed the way we use our phones, how we communicate and created a level of efficiency that was unheard of before. The first time I answered my phone and then fielded a question that I immediately looked up on the Internet on the phone, while still on the call, I knew my live had changed.

The ability to install applications from what we now call the cloud and have them work immediately on the device was great. I Also liked the fact I could watch video clips, and post to twitter and Facebook, with the same fidelity as the clients on my workstation. People still using the Blackberry at the time kept saying but I can get my mail messages pushed to me instantly even though they had trouble reading the attachments or document links to web sites. I quietly used my first iPhone enjoying my new found efficiency. The large screen and touch screen also created a new way to enter data quickly into a device and run menu commands. It just worked! No hesitation at all on the UI.

June is a busy month for Developer conferences

Looks like your June just got a little busier. Microsoft has revealed that it's going to host the Windows Phone Developer Summit in San Francisco on June 20th and 21st, putting it smack dab in the middle of Apple's WWDC event that runs from June 11th through the 15th and Google I/O, which will be happening June 27th through the 29th. It's not yet clear exactly what we can expect to see out of Microsoft's gathering, but as the name suggests, at least the majority of it will likely be developer-focused.

Google Drive launched with 5 GB free drive

In a post to the company's official blog, Google Drive was presented as a service that allows users to "create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff." It allows users to upload and access all file types, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and more.

Apple gets off to great start in 2012 with best ever second quarter

Apple got off to a record start to the year in 2012, with sales of 35.1 million iPhones propelling the company to its best-ever second fiscal quarter. Following the release of its second-quarter results, Apple executives participated in a conference call, and notes of interest follow.

Profits grew 94 percent to start 2012, compared to the same three-month span in 2011, to 11.6 billion, or $12.30 per diluted share, on quarterly revenue of $39.19 billion. In addition to the iPhone, it was also a record quarter for the iPad and Mac.

Following Tuesday's earnings release, Apple executives held a conference call with analysts and members of the media to discuss the results. Participating in the call were Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer.

NAB 2012

I am looking forward to attending the NAB 2012 conference again this year. The last two years showed a huge shift from the traditional network based media conference, adding Social Networking content and Streaming media content providers and consumers to the list of available services. The traditional big network live trucks and Grass Valley switchers are still there and even more relevant but now rub shoulders with the likes of the Newtek Tricaster and Kaltura media services. It's this unique web that has provided more opportunities for businesses large and small.

Ivy Bridge Processors coming soon

There have been a series of hold-ups with Intel's new Ivy Bridge processor line, but according to CPU World the wait is almost over; some of the new mobile and desktop quad-core chips will be launched before the end of April.

Peter Gabriel's Cuesongs lets independent filmmakers license major-label music

Selling songs for use in major films and commercials is a big part of the music industry, and now two new companies will offer the same service for videos by small businesses, school groups, independent filmmakers, or even wedding parties. Cuesongs, backed by Peter Gabriel of Genesis, will license music from Sony and some other rightsholders, including Gabriel himself. Ricall Express, which builds off existing music licensing serviceRicall, will have songs from EMI and other independent publishers. The Music Publishers Association head stressed that nobody is trying to force someone to pay "to upload a clip of their child dancing to the radio." Instead, the licenses are meant for smaller commercial filmmakers or nonprofit groups like schools.

Final Cut Pro X updated with multicamera editing features, advanced time syncing, new import options

Apple just released a fairly major update to Final Cut Pro X, adding in multicamera editing functionality with the ability to sync cameras using recorded audio, more advanced chroma keying, deeper XML import / export support, and new support for Thunderbolt-based broadcast monitoring. FCP X 10.0.3 is the second major update since the new version launched seven months ago to deeply ambivalent reviews — Apple says it's moving away from 18-month release cycles, but it's also clearly feeling the pressure as pros have begun looking to other solutions.

FCP X 10.0.3's new multicamera editing feature supports up to 64 cameras, which can be resolution, codec, and framerate independent. Apple's Senior Director of Applications Marketing Richard Townhill says it's "the best multicam in the business," with "some really cool and innovative controls no one else has, even Final Cut Pro 7." Chief among them is the ability to sync up DSLRs and other cameras that don't record standard timecode by either their internal clocks or by automatically analyzing their audio recordings and matching things up. The system can be used to sync pretty much anything — Apple's demo video shows a commercial production using everything from an iPhone to a full Arri Alexa rig.

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