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If you've heard about the 33 trapped Chilean miners (and let's face it, who hasn't) which are 2000 feet underground. After months of being trapped, the miners are being rescued one by one and media organisations have been broadcasting the footage (since yesterday) to a reported 1 billion people. The worldwide audience has led to live-streaming service Ustream to break records.
Ustream reported that it served 5.3 million stream over the course of the rescue, gathering figures in a 24 hour period over October 11 (4AM to 4AM). To think of this in other efforts or tragedies, Michael Jackson's memorial gathered 4.6 million streams while President Obama's inauguration drew 3.8 million Ustreamers. Of course, the Chilean miners stream did last longer (in time) but the numbers are nonetheless impressive.
Other sites that feed video such as CNN have seen high numbers of streams - 1.2 million live video streams on Tuesday with over 2 million Wednesday. But, that's not a record for them - with a massive 26.9 million streams for Obama's inauguration.
YouTube, which has long been known as a place to share almost any kinds of videos you can think of, is dipping their toes into the live streaming pool with a limited trial of a new platform. Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocdketboom, and Young Hollywood are the four partners working with YouTube to test their new live streaming platform.
Streaming will be done directly into YouTube channels with only a webcam or external USB or FireWire connected camera. A "Live Comments" module will also be implemented for real time commenting on channels. Depending on how the testing goes, YouTube is looking to eventually expand this trial to a broader audience. An interactive schedule is available at the Source Link.
Ten minutes wasn't long enough to show off your Final Fantasy play through or mad breakdancing skills on YouTube? You've now got an extra five minutes worth of video time now. YouTube announced today that the upload limit had been extended from the very familiar ten minutes to fifteen minutes.
Following through on the most requested feature on the video upload size, Youtube credits its "Content ID" copyright violation removal technology for the ability to increase the limit. Joshua Siegel, YouTube product manager for upload and video management, stated in his blog post announcing the change: "Because of the success of these ongoing technological efforts, we are able to increase the upload limit today."
Although there aren't too many on the planet currently able to record or playback in the uber-huge 4K (reference resolution of 4096 x 3072) format, Youtube took a step into the future by officially announcing 4K support at the VidCon 2010 conference today. Game and video clip uploaders rejoiced when Youtube HD got going at the end of 2008, but HD had been out for a bit. Most people out there haven't even seen 4K at its native res due to the scarcity and huge cost. It makes my head hurt just thinking about the video card required to push a game in that format. But when 4K becomes standard for videos of guys falling off bikes and getting hit in the nether regions, YouTube is on the front lines and ready to rock. Just don't tell your broadband connection; it may burn up on you just at the thought.
There are lots of people out there who like small and simple video cameras that they can use to shoot and upload lower resolution videos to YouTube and other sites. This sort of camera usually has sound that isn't that great.
Zoom has a camera called the Q3 that records high quality audio at 24-bit/48kHz. The device has a 2.4-inch rear LCD and records in 640 x 480 resolution at 30 frames per second.
The new lower price tag for the camera is $199, which is about $50 less than it sold for last year when it debuted. It has an integrated USB cable and ships with YouTube uploading software.
A lot of folks were dissapointed when they found out their Popbox or Popcorn Hour network media hubs had been stripped of any YouTube playback functions in the fall, but thanks to a change in YouTube's terms of service, this ability has been re-added to these two devices.
It's not known specifically what caused the to and fro behaviour it's also not known to Syabas (maker of the two aforementioned set to boxes) as to whether or not the boxes will get everything YouTube now offers; with one particular feature of interest being the YouTube movie rental service in the U.S. which would require Syabas to integrate Google Checkout for the purposes of purchasing rentals. Though perhaps an easier method would be to give the ability to browse rentals already unlocked on a networked computer.
If you are the type of geek who revels in having all the video and content you have ever watched stored away on your computer somewhere just in case you need it later, this is the DIY project for you. A geek named Will Urbina has put together his own DIY storage array complete with a hand built case.
The project was sponsored by several big companies like Newegg who provided the hardware. What Will put together was a storage array with a whopping 16TB of storage set for redundancy and 24/7 operation for hosting media.
The project has a long build log video that gets tedious, but outlines all the steps you need should you decide to roll your own array as well. The rig is powered by a KEEX-2030 mainboard sporting an Atom processor.
There have been stories going around the web this week stating that a limited edition high-end ATI video card had been stolen from the factory carrying the XFX band. XFX had warned people to not buy the card, which was supposedly listed on eBay.
XFX sent out another email this week that again stated the supposed story that one of the limited edition 5970 Black Edition cards had been stolen, specifically serial number 68. The email stated that people involved with the theft would be prosecuted and it looked real overall.
If you glance under the picture of the car in the email, you will notice that it states clearly the email is an XFX Gamertainment Campaign. In other words, a viral marketing stunt that clearly worked very well. Did you fall for it?
I bet you never knew that Opera had an issue with YouTube. Well I know that I did not, but I am glad to know that it is being fixed as I am writing this.
The issue seems to be with Opera 10.5.1 and has affected a large number of Opera users. The fix was fairly quick from the Opera side as they only ask users to go to Help then check updates. At this point a simple .js file is installed that allows Opera to update web pages on the fly
So if you are using Opera 10.5.1 and are having problems with YouTube, well here it your fix.
Sascha of Netbooknews has been able to get a running video demonstration of the frontend behind a german tablet known as the WePad which is coming to market very soon and will be sold by Neofonie in cooperation with content publishers and mobile carriers.
The video gives a good example of how the WePad handles various apps and widgets. Check it out below :-
A short time after getting this video online, Sascha was hoping to get some hands-on time with the WePad for a more in-depth video showing but unfortunately didn't get the opportunity with only a single WePad available that was running a slideshow of the interface :-
Sascha did manage to get a pic of the slide that gave some basic specs and pricing details on the WePad while in attendance at the presentation.