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Experience NASA 360-Degree Astronaut Training Virtual Reality Video

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View the 360-degree immersive virtual reality (VR) experience, featuring exclusive astronaut training footage from NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) in Houston, Texas. The stunning NASA VR/360 video, produced by Harmonic, offers a variety of perspectives – in the pool and out – as astronauts complete space-walk training for future missions to the International Space Station (ISS)….

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Amsterdam Here We Come, What To Expect At IBC2016

Amsterdam here we come, what to expect at IBC2016

The change overhauling our industry will feature prominently at this year’s show, with IP infrastructure and software applications continuing to displace existing products and solutions. With the necessary standardization largely in place for IP-based video carriage, the more interesting work of redefining solution boundaries will become evident. Adapt and survive should be the theme for…

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Virtual Reality: Are We There Yet?

Virtual Reality - Are We There Yet?

Virtual Reality (VR) is a new technology that was introduced in 2015 with the release of Samsung Gear VR™, followed up by Facebook Oculus Rift™ and HTV Vive ™ in 2016, and the yet to be deployed Sony PlayStation™ VR. While those platforms were mostly conceived for video gaming, video (in 360 or 180 degrees)…

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State of the Union: Distribution Codecs

State of the Union: Distribution Codecs

Video codecs have always been a subject of debate in our industry. With IBC2016 rapidly approaching, it’s the perfect time to refresh on the subject. Let me start out by saying that while HEVC has been deployed over the past several years, the scale of these deployments is being hampered by the licensing terms surrounding…

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Why 2016 Is Turning Out To Be The Year Of Ultra HD

Why 2016 Is Turning Out To Be The Year Of Ultra HD

Ultra HD (UHD) started being deployed several years ago, mostly in Japan and Korea, with some sporadic launches in other countries with high demand for sports content. But recent launches have been fairly steady and consistent. These include the Cricket World Cup transmitted in UHD in India in January 2015, the BT Premiere league broadcast…

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Storage for UHD: Go Big, Go Home… Or Adapt

Storage for UHD

There are many challenges when making the shift to UHD in the production environment. While you may not change much if anything for your UHD workflows compared to HD, the gains offered by UHD are considerable. The increase in resolution, bit depth and the ability to leverage high dynamic range (HDR) results in a format…

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Vegas NAB Takeaways – Virtualization, Cloud and IP Networking (Part 3 of 3)

Vegas NAB Takeaways – Virtualization, Cloud and IP Networking (Part 3 of 3)

While HDR and UHD might have grabbed all the headlines at NAB 2016, for those commissioning video solutions, the real fundamental issues concerned virtualization, cloud and increased adoption of IP networking. Put like this, the two issues appear totally disconnected, when in fact the move to UHD with HDR is quite likely to be the…

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Does a Cloud Transcoding Platform Solve Real-World Workflow Challenges?

Does a Cloud Transcoding Platform Solve Real-World Workflow Challenges?

We would like to answer “definitely, yes” but it is not as simple as it appears… Introducing Videomenthe, a France-based company that started eight years ago as a Value Added Reseller specializing in media processing solutions, which developed a long-standing partnership with Harmonic over the years, particularly around file-based transcoding. Three years ago we decided…

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Cloud Media Processing with VOS 360

Cloud Media Processing with VOS 360

The cloud. We’re hearing a lot about its applications for media processing, but is a cloud-based service ready for prime time? Can it really help you launch a new broadcast-quality live streaming channel in a matter of hours, at a fraction of the cost of building out a new on-premise data center? With Harmonic’s new…

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