Posts tagged ‘collaboration’

October 14th, 2011

Announcing: San Francisco Based Kaltura Meetup Group

by Zohar Babin

We’re excited to share the news about the new San Francisco based Kaltura Group!
Find more details in the invitation below.

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June 2nd, 2011

Spin Up Kaltura On Rackspace Auto-Magically

by Jason

Kaltura has an expansive and popular SaaS (Software as a Service) offering that lets our customers host and manage hundreds of thousands of videos, images, audio files, and documents. But one of our major competitive advantages is that we offer self-hosted versions of our media platform as well.

Our popular, totally free, open source Community Edition has been downloaded over 100,000 times and is hosted on sites, both large and small, around the world.

Hosting media (especially video) can be complicated, but our new partnership with Rackspace makes it easier than ever to get Kaltura’s self-hosted media platform up and running in your Rackspace Cloud account.

We’ve built upon the Rackspace Cloud Server API, so that all you have to do is submit a simple web form and an Ubuntu 10.4 Linux server with Kaltura’s Community Edition pre-installed will spin up in your Rackspace Cloud Server account.

To try out Kaltura with your Rackspace Cloud account, just put your username and API key into our handy form (you can find your API key in your Rackspace Cloud management console. Login to your Rackspace Cloud account and go to the “Your Account” tab, and then to the “API Access” tab).

Click here to get started with your Kaltura CE Image on the Rackspace cloud!

After your server spins up, you just need to take a few simple steps to finish installing Kaltura.

Kaltura on the Rackspace Cloud is a win-win partnership that adds value for all of our mutual customers.

February 21st, 2011

The Gendered Advertising Remixer

by Zohar Babin

During the last OVC Hack Labs day in NYC (2010 OVC), one of the fun projects we worked on was an education application that allows quick remixing of short video ads.

Here’s a short paragraph describing the application by Jonathan McIntosh, the brains and innovator behind this project:

Each Child in the United States is subjected to an average of 25,000 TV commercials every year. Embedded in those advertisements are a regressive and stereotypical set of social values about expected gender roles for boys and girls.

So how can kids hope to push back against that billion dollar marketing machine?
This simple remixing tool provides an easy way to re-combine audio from ads directed at boys with video from ads directed at girls (and vice versa) to create hilarious and insightful new mash-ups.

The project’s goal is to help empower youth of all genders to better understand, deconstruct and creatively re-frame the highly gendered messages emanating from their television sets.
A series of educational resources and materials are also currently being developed for teachers to use alongside this remixing tool.”

There are about 800 possible Ad combinations from 40 different Ads… Share your best mixed ads below : )

The Gendered Ads Remixer

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Jonathan and I met during the OVC Hack Labs day, where he shared his idea and told me about a workshop he did: Reel Grrls Workshop: Gendered Ads Remixed.
I took the challenge, and after a couple hours of planning and coding (and mostly beer drinking), the application was ready and live. Last night, in preparation for Jonathan’s participation at the Digital Media and Learning Conference, we polished bits of the design and made it live –Gendered Advertising Remixer – Beta 1.

Some Techie Background -

The application utilizes the Kaltura Flex Collaborative Video Framework, the same code library used behind the scenes to create the Kaltura Online Video Editors (KSE and KAE). This is the “mixing magic” that combines the audio and video streams of the two video ads dragged to the center.

Utilizing Adobe Flex framework 4.5, made it super easy to put the UI parts together, specifically extending Flex’s TileList and other layout components. Right click > view source, on the Flash App to see the source code, and learn more, most should be pretty straight forward for Flex developers out there.

Stay tuned as we might try and make an HTML5 version too (some’s up for the challenge?)  : )

Check out Jonathan’s “The Politics of User Generated Content” session at the DML Conference, March 5th.

Let us know what you think below…

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February 17th, 2011

Be A Kaltura Partner On The Exchange

by Jason

The Kaltura Application Exchange is a relatively recent addition to the family of Kaltura websites, and it’s the place where we hope to showcase publishers, developers, technology companies and service providers who have integrated video applications and services with the Kaltura platform.

As an essential part of both our open source and commercial ecosystems, Kaltura partners get two immediate benefits by being listed on the Exchange.  First, they are a visible part of the Kaltura ecosystem with their brand and technology next to ours. Besides this visibility and SEO, our customers can see what value partners add to the platform, and our salespeople are able to refer new and existing customers to the partners.

A second benefit is our referral agreement, where listed partners who have who have chosen to sign the agreement get a sales commission for any business deals they bring to Kaltura.

Finally, the Exchange is where developers who have created assets like skins for the Kaltura Dynamic Player can show off (and eventually sell) their product.

A payment gateway is just one of many new features we’re launching on the Exchange in the coming months.

September 24th, 2010

Kaltura HTML5 Sequencer available on Wikimedia Commons

by Zohar Babin

Our very own Michael Dale has just posted on the Wikimedia blog about the new Kaltura HTML5 Sequencer. We believe this marks a stepping stone in the world of online media (at least in the Firefox 4 beta, where it runs the best). Similar in spirit to other simple desktop editors like Apple’s iMovie, the Sequencer is capable of producing rich video sequences made of videos (& trimmed parts), images, and audio files, and apply transitions in between. On the project’s roadmap, you’ll find the use of SVG for overlays and advanced effects and transitions using CSS or Canvas manipulations. The Sequencer uses a subset of SMIL as its EDL (Here, the EDL is an XML file representing the flow of the video sequence, assets used, transitions, etc.) so that it is possible to always come back and manipulate the video sequence. The EDL also makes the video searchable and indexable for credits and remixing. When the sequence is ready to be published, the Sequencer uses the Firefogg Firefox extension to render the sequences on client side, producing a fully downloadable flattened video file. While the project is still in its infancy — awaiting web browsers to evolve to provide stable cross-browser media playback experiences — we believe this is more than just a cutting edge proof of concept. The Sequencer will eventually find its way into projects like Wikipedia, and when used with other collaboration tools like the Add Media Wizard, the Sequencer will become a powerful online video collaboration tool, empowering content creators with simple ways to create rich collaborative video without leaving the browser. If you feel like checking out the source and becoming a collaborator on this project, you can find the project page and source at: Kaltura HTML5 Video & Media JavaScript Library. If you’re interested in Video on Wikipedia in general, please consider joining the Wikivideo mailing list which will cover a wide range topics, including the sequencercollaborative subtitlestimed textvideo uploadingvideo distributionformat guidelines, and campaigns to increase video contributionsto the site.

 

Kaltura HTML5 Sequencer

The Kaltura HTML5 Sequencer