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December 8th, 2011

Higher Education Video Boston User Group Meeting #2

by Zohar Babin

The second Boston Higher Ed Video User Group Meet Up took place at MIT just 2 days ago. With more than twice the number of participants from last meeting representing as many as 10 different states and 3 countries (!) – the group is growing in a very encouraging pace, an indicator to the great level of excitement around video in education.

Many thanks to our friends at MIT TechTV for hosting yet another great meetup.

The meetup opened with an introductions ”round-table” of all people attending on site and online, followed by a short presentation about where we see Video in Education today, where it might go in the near future and how we should challenge today’s technology, methodologies and usage to be more social, more engaging and reach better personal and global results, leaving the majority of the meeting to an insightful open discussion.

Few meeting highlights -

  • What the future holds? How can we challenge the ways we use video today and what can be done better? (see the presentation below)
  • Mike Williams from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, shared their use of Google+ hangouts along with Docs for realtime collaboration. (Google+ hangouts integration seemed to be a hot topic!)
  • Various video editing tools, their pro’s and con’s and integration to management platform for more streamlined publishing. Tools that were mentioned: QuickTime XSnapZScreenflow, Camtasia Studio and Camtasia Relay (integrated with Kaltura).
  • Video creation methodologies; What is the best length of a video to keep the audience engaged? Will adding interactive layers (chapters, annotations, temporal comments) contribute to the overall viewing experience, or will it divert attention? – Read best practices creating media from: Stanford and MIT.
  • Front end video applications, “Custom YouTube”, such as Kaltura’s MediaSpace and MIT’s TechTV.
  • FERPA (Use of Student Information) tips and practices.

The presentation is available here -

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November 22nd, 2011

First Higher Education Video Community User Group

by Perry.Fetterman

The use of video as a learning tool has accelerated rapidly across all aspects of campus life and we at Kaltura are embracing it with the creation of the first of many regional higher education user groups. Last week we helped kick off the first higher education video user group in Boston. The event took place on November 15th at MIT and focused on discussing the use of rich media in academic institutions and promoting knowledge sharing between them.

Teaching is as much a part of the academic institution as learning, so when discussing the format of the meeting all parties involved felt that providing a place to both teach and learn was the keystone of the endeavor. To that end, we attracted a mixed group of attendees that ranged from experienced rich media managers to rookies in rich media management trying to better understand how other institutions leverage video in the academic environment and how end users are consuming video in general.

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November 22nd, 2011

Video Killed The Couch Potatoes – Introducing attracTV

by Tzahi.Sofer

This guest post is authored by Tzahi Sofer, CEO of attracTV. attracTV is a Kaltura Technology Partner and the first vidget (video widget) platform – Whether it’s social viewing, commercial transactions, searching for program-related information or any other interactive content, vidgets give publishers, advertisers and developers tools to engage viewers while they watch a video, and all these activities are tracked, monitored and analyzed.

 

There is no doubt that video has become a significant part of the world of online business. Online video viewing in general and Internet TV in particular are increasing dramatically. Top-of-the-line network content, together with live sporting events, concerts, etc. are bringing millions of people to spend more and more time viewing programs on their personal computers and mobile devices. Substantial resources are being poured into this effort. Audience growth has jumped as viewers have come to appreciate the flexibility of a high-quality, television-like viewing experience.

Somewhere along the line, we have overlooked the fact that these viewers are seasoned Internet users who are not satisfied with a static viewing experience.

Introducing the attracTV vidgets platform. This new integration connects publishers’ vidgets account at attracTV with their Kaltura players and videos. In addition, developers can develop vidgets on top of attracTV’s platform and make them available to publishers.

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November 20th, 2011

The New York JavaScript & HTML5 Meetup

by Zohar Babin

About 2 weeks ago, we started the NYC Monthly JavaScript & HTML5 meetup. In little less than  a week, we’ve received an overwhelming response, with of over 200 members joining. The first meetup took place this past week at the Kaltura NYC office. [Register for the next one here].

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November 16th, 2011

Kaltura Community Edition Case Study – StreamUK Launching Enterprise Grade Kaltura CE based Video Platform.

by Duncan.Burbidge

StreamUK Logo

This is a guest post by Duncan Burbidge, Co-Founder and CEO of StreamUK, a UK based webcasting and digital media company.

 

StreamUK was founded in 2001 to provide digital media solutions and back then you did everything yourself.  After 7 years of trying to match the increasing pace of technological development, the decision was taken to investigate options for StreamUK’s main online video platform (OVP).

In 2008, various options presented themselves, including partnerships with the likes of Brightcove, taking investment to re-develop our own OVP or working with an open source variant.  After trialling and modelling these approaches, it was decided that the latter (adopting an open source solution) was the most promising for three reasons:

  • Culturally – we, and more importantly our clients, needed control of their features from Europe;
  • Practically – we have huge value to contribute to the solution from a decade of accumulating knowledge at code, CDN and video levels;
  • Temporally(!) – we needed to get to market faster than we could develop from scratch.

StreamUK joined the global Kaltura community of experts (which at November 2011 stands in excess of 20,000) and began to contribute to the codebase of the Kaltura version 1.5 release.  As we became more familiar with the project, we became more impressed by it and in early 2009 we recruited a team of four full-time php-Zend developers to build on the framework, planning for a late 2010 release.

StreamUK MediaPlatform - Powered by Kaltura

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November 12th, 2011

Adobe’s Flash Focus Change Followup – The Flex SDK

by Zohar Babin

Following this week’s announcement by Adobe to halt development of Flash for mobile browsers, the Adobe Flex product managers have just announced that they will be making significant changes in the Flex SDK -

“…we are planning to contribute the Flex SDK to an open source foundation…”
“… Flex SDK feature development will continue under a new governance model…”

The Flex SDK was Open Source for a few years now, why then this sudden need to re-structure its governance model, why now?

“In the long-term, we believe HTML5 will be the best technology for enterprise application development. We also know that, currently, Flex has clear benefits for large-scale client projects typically associated with desktop application profiles.”

“…In fact, many of the engineers and product managers who worked on Flex SDK will be moving to work on our HTML efforts. We will continue making significant contributions to open web technologies like WebKit & jQuery…”

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November 10th, 2011

Is Flash Dead? The Age Of The Plugin-Less Web

by Zohar Babin

Many may have found the latest news rocking, shocking, or maybe as a “little too late”…

In case you didn’t follow the news yesterday, Danny Winokur, VP of Interactive Development at Adobe made the following announcement:

“We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.”

It wasn’t very surprising then to see the surge of excited commentary from the HTML and Web Standards community and disappointment felt by avid Flash developers.

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November 2nd, 2011

Thinking “Big” About Open Technology

by Michal Tsur and Leah Belsky

Most of the work we do at Kaltura is focused on creating new code that will revolutionize the way media is used in different industries. Russ’s post yesterday on “The Social Enterprise” was a perfect example of how our daily work building video widgets and apps all “adds up.”

Yet, to get here, we also spend some time thinking about BIG IDEAS.

We think about the future of open source technology in a world of open APIs, the start-up ecosystem and where Kaltura fits as one of a limited set of proponents of open technology.  We think about education, the future of digital literacy, and how we as technologists and entrepreneurs are influencing the world.

Recently we decided it’s time to share some of those ideas. We wanted to expand our thinking about Open Technology by brainstorming and writing within a community.

So, we (@leahbel, @michts) started a new blog called “Open Technology.”  It’s focused more on ideas about technology and building an open source start-up than on specific Kaltura projects, so we decided to make it a separate blog.  But we hope you’ll follow along.

You can see some of our early posts: “Why Digital Literacy? Some Thought Analysis…” or “The Future of Open Source Licenses in 2011.”  We’ll be sure to share some of the “best of” here as well.

We invite you to read along, join the discussion, and “think big” with us.

"The Many Faces of Open" by VisualsForChange.com

"The Many Faces of Open" by VisualsForChange.com

October 24th, 2011

The Cent2Cent Commerce Integration With Kaltura

by Roby.Baruch

This is a guest post by Roby Baruch, Co-Founder and VP of Products at Cent2Cent. Cent2Cent.net is a valued Kaltura Exchange partner that provides content e-commerce solutions to publishers of all sizes who wish to sell media online.

We are happy to announce a very special Kaltura & Cent2Cent  integration available to all Kaltura CE or On Prem users. The new integration provide publishers all the latest and greatest of the Cent2Cent content commerce rules and transaction management options right from within their Kaltura Management Console!

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September 29th, 2011

Kaltura Exchange – The Global Video Solutions Marketplace

by Luda Ruditsky

To succeed in today’s market, companies need innovative ideas, must be agile, deploy stable solutions quickly, reach a wide audience and impress the enterprise giants.

It’s no wonder then that many ISVs, startups and solution providers are turning to the Kaltura Exchange, the Video Application and Services Marketplace, where Kaltura Technology Partners showcase their solutions and services to over 150,000 Kaltura SaaS publishers and thousands of Kaltura admins and service providers worldwide.

The heart of the Kaltura Platform is in its extremely flexible core and endless extension possibilities. A wealth of Web Services (REST API) and associated SDKs (API Client Libraries) coupled with Open Source licensing and flexible business models allow Kaltura Tech Partners to create powerful tools, innovative solutions and services.

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