Panasonic’s new camcorder makes a camera into a server

Yes, the Panasonic AG-HPX600 P2 is a camcorder, and so not necessarily fit for a professional shooting environment. But what it does do is introduce a new way of working with Data.  Taking advantage of a LAN or Wi-Fi connection, the new camera-server enables remote screening and collaboration on a level we haven’t experienced before.

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Why advertising has a part to play in engaging digital story-telling

Media content has evolved dramatically over the last 70 years, and the models traditionally used to fund such content are only just keeping up. The vast array of content today would probably overwhelm those pioneers who celebrated the first television broadcast back in 1928. Nearly 100 years later and instant access to an unlimited wealth…

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Can Top TV claw itself back to solvency?

On October 31 last year, TopTV sought business rescue protection under Chapter 6 of the 2008 Companies Act.  What this means to TopTV is that it provides the company with a protective bubble within which to restructure itself and hopefully avoid liquidation.  What it means to the media industry is that the local Pay TV sector…

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SA’s unfolding digital TV nightmare

Lack of certainty around the encryption and access control mechanisms to be used for digital terrestrial television, along with how millions of set-top boxes will be subsidised for poorer households, looks set to throw South Africa even further off track in the already long-delayed, multibillion-rand project.

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The trouble with 4K TV

There’s no other way of describing the technology: the latest ultra-high-definition (UHD) television sets look absolutely amazing. From television to cinema, the “4K” resolutions on offer represent a new frontier in entertainment. But the industry faces a big and perhaps even insurmountable challenge: distribution. Solving the distribution problem could mean the difference between 4K becoming…

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Transcoding in the cloud

Last week, Amazon released a cloud video transcoding service called Amazon Elastic Transcoder. The service is priced at a significant discount compared to other cloud transcoding services, such as Zencoder, that run on Amazon Web Services. Why Transcoding in the Cloud? Encoding video is a computationally intensive job. As soon as you have to process…

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