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Livestream European Week of SportClevercast, the professional solution for producing live and on-demand webcasts for global audiences, announced their enhanced support for multilingual broadcasting and streaming. This provides Rambla with the tools to produce live video streams with realtime translation, while adhering to the our high standards in terms of reliability, performance and usability.

Highlights of this solution include:

  • Singular Broadcast. The (single) video track and (multiple) audio tracks are combined into a single stream, which is broadcasted by the Clevercast Broadcaster. This ensures that, at the event location, the bandwidth required for broadcasting remains minimal.
  • Realtime Transcoding and Transmuxing. Our Wowza Media Servers make sure that the incoming video and audio tracks are reliably repackaged in a series of multi-language livestreams.
  • Online Recording. The multi-language livestream is automatically recorded online for later on-demand viewing.
  • Adaptive Streaming. The video is streamed in multiple resolutions, allowing Clevercast Player to ensure the best possible experience for each viewer.
  • Language Selection. Viewers can select their preferred language and watch the video and Powerpoint presentation on any device or platform. They can also use Clevercast's interactive widgets.
  • Multilingual Player Interface. The Clevercast Player interface has been translated in a number of languages, which can be extended on a project basis.
  • Transparant On-Demand Video Production. After the live event has ended, the Clevercast Manager allows you to administer your event metadata - such as slides, comments and chapters - for the multilingual on-demand webcast in one go, using a flexible timeline. Once published, the on-demand webcast becomes available to your viewers as an almost exact re-creation of the live experience.

Relying on our services not only gets you a professional solution for multilingual livestreams, but also means that you can enjoy the comprehensive set of Clevercast features. For example:

  • Registration and Verification of Webcast Participants. The registration options allow you to determine the accessibility of a webcast: no registration, open registration or by invation only.
  • Automatic Detection and Synchronization of Slides. Slideshows are captured during the presentation and automatically uploaded and synchronized with the video footage.
  • Customizable Player Outlook. Player branding, theming and embeddable iframes allow you to seamlessly integrate with your corporate web presence.
  • Rich Analytics. Interactive graphs and detailed statistical data allow you to analyze the behavior of both live and on-demand viewers for each webcast.

For more information, head over to the Clevercast website or contact Rambla sales.

31
Oct

In an attempt to get young people to vote, storychangers.eu involves them in the making of an animated video commercial for the European elections. The initial commercial therefore ends with a cliff-hanger, allowing viewers to suggest their own ending. Over the course of four days, animators in London (UK), Utrecht Storychangers(NL) and Ghent (B) are turning these suggestions into full-blown animated videos. Their labors are also being filmed and can be viewed on the storychangers website as a single video, which is a mix of the live video feeds from the different locations.

Advertising agency Ogilvy Brussels and production company Mojuice asked Rambla to take care of broadcasting the video from each of the locations, mixing the streams into a single dynamic livestream and publishing the result as a YouTube live event. The separate livestreams also had to be recorded and stored, so they could be used afterwards.

A custom script, running on our Wowza broadcasting server, automatically mixes the incoming streams - alternatively, mixing can also be done by the client through a web application - and broadcasts the dynamic livestream to YouTube. During intermissions, the livestream is being replaced by a streamed pancarte, enhancing the effect of a continuous, four day long live event.

7
May

When broadcasting video from a location without sufficient Internet access, 4G often is the best cost-effective alternative. Access to 4G can also be very convenient when you're broadcasting directly from mobile or other portable devices like IPcams. In these situations, it is essential to have the best possible 4G connection at your disposal to avoid packets being dropped while upstreaming. Often, this is not the case when you're recording inside conference rooms, theatres, museums or other buildings and constructions.
 
St. Felix WarehouseTo this end, Rambla developed its 4G Broadcast Hub, which allows us to tap into any wireless carrier's 4G network and be assured of an optimal and reliable broadcast connection. It is a compact solution which can be easily setup at virtually any location. It can be deployed together with our Rambla Broadcast Station, CleverCast, Wowza GoCoder, Telestream Wirecast or any other hard- or software broadcast solution.
 
For example, last Thursday we produced a livestream of 'Het Grote Loondebat’ organized by HR service provider SD Worx in the St. Felix warehouse in the city of Antwerp, one of the most striking examples of warehouses from the 19th century. Since the location was a protected monument and had no Internet connection, the video had to be broadcasted over 4G. However, there was barely any 4G reception inside of the building. But thanks to our 4G Broadcast Hub, we were able to boost 4G signal strength and obtain an upload speed exceeding 10 Mbps. This allowed us to broadcast a perfectly stable livestream during two and a half hours, transmitted straight from one of the balconies in the beautiful interior street (which you can see in the picture)  

 


16
Mar

Our latest research & development efforts, co-funded by IWT (Agency for Innovation through Science and Technology), have resulted in the launch of SkyWay, a new distributed software component for the Rambla Content Delivery Network (CDN). After extensive testing, SkyWay has now been integrated in the backend of our CDN. It contributes to our mission of supplying an optimal and constant Quality of Service (QoS) to all of our customers. Additionally, it allows the Rambla CDN to provide instant propagation of new content while assuring a reliable delivery and full load-balancing.

Nowadays, a CDN must be able to cope with new challenges regarding multimedia delivery, like the ever increasing amount of files that need to be permanently available, the steady growth of the average video size or the multitude of devices and platforms for which delivery must be optimized. Thanks to its hybrid architecture, Rambla CDN is well placed to deal with these challenges, unlike most traditional CDNs whose distributed architectures require that files frequently travel from origin server to edge servers, in order for them to be delivered from cache memory, which needs to be flushed more and more often. For more background information on these issues, see our comparison of distributed and hybrid CDNs.

In our CDN's hybrid architecture, there is no distinction between origin and edge servers. All CDN servers are high-end servers with a dedicated Storage Area Network (SAN), so they can deliver content either from disk or from cache memory (depending on file size, content popularity, delivery method…). Combined with the optimization of the SANs, our proprietary SkyWay component makes sure that disk access in general, and random-read operations in particular, can happen at a much faster pace. This way, all content will be delivered with equal high speed and reliability, irrespective of it being retrieved from disk or cache.

15
Jul
Streaming

Playstation - Win Tickets for the UEFA Champions League

Rambla CDN is powering The Ticket Tournament, an interactive Kicker game by Playstation.

Place your bets and win tickets for the UEFA Champions League final !

 

 

 

14
May
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