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Judge slashes scope of Motorola vs Microsoft H.264 lawsuit

02/07, 5:27pm

Parts of three patents involved are 'indefinite' and unenforceable

Juge James Robart has greatly cut down a patent lawsuit brought by Motorola Mobility against Microsoft. The judge found this afternoon that 13 Motorola claims encompassing three of its H.264 video playback patents are invalid -- greatly weakening Google's case. Motorola had been seeking as much as $4 billion per year for its patents, while Microsoft believed that Motorola Mobile and Google were ignoring previous commitments to license the patents on a fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) basis, and says that it only owes $1 million per year for use of the patents.

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ITU approves low-bandwidth H.265 video codec for use

01/27, 5:01pm

Devices with H.265 hardware acceleration expected mid-2014

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has approved the H.265 video standard. The new High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) promises to lower the amount of bandwidth required to stream current MPEG-4 H.264-standard content by half, potentially allowing mobile devices to view HD content over high-speed wireless connections with little to no buffering required.

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Video processor eyeIO releases 4K-capable StudioRes encoder

12/21, 8:16am

Existing eyeIO user Netflix likely to offer 4K media in future

Video processing company eyeIO has unveilled its second generation of video encoding technology. The new version includes a new option called StudioRes, which is capable of encoding 10-bit 4:2:2 H.264 video at a 4K resolution, as well as claims that it will encode video 45-percent faster than its previous incarnation.

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MPEG to halve video bandwidth with H.265 codec draft

08/15, 5:37pm

Proposal could double video content on existing bandwidth

The Motion Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) has released a draft for a new video codec, H.265. The proposed High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) hopes to slice space consumption by up to half of the current MPEG-4 H.264 standard, with the aim of reducing the amount of bandwidth used for online video apps, and making room for more.

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Google H.264 license to Microsoft may end Motorola suit

07/13, 6:25pm

Terms prior to Motorola acquisition sidestep Motorola demands

According to patent analyst Florian Mueller, a Microsoft filing with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) claims that Google, Motorola's new parent company, committed to license two of the H.264 video encoding patents to Microsoft as a virtue of the search engine giant's participation in the MPEG LA AVC patent pool. Motorola has filed an opposition to the motion for partial termination of the ITC investigation. At stake is a difference in license payments of $120 million per year demanded for the patent by Motorola, versus a cap of $6.5 million if the patent is acquired through the MPEG LA group.

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Congress chimes in on ITC's potential Xbox 360 ban

06/12, 11:20pm

First half-hearted support arrives, most against embargo

Members of Congress have written to the International Trade Commission (ITC) to publicly rebuke a potential ITC-enforced Xbox 360 ban. Microsoft faces an import ban on its gaming console over Motorola's standards-essential H.264 playback patent, which Microsoft has been accused of violating. Motorola, in turn, has been accused of not negotiating for a license on the patent in a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) basis. Motorola's sole support for the ban from both industry and governmental channels lies in the single letter from representatives from the state of Illinois, the home of the United States branch of Motorola.

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Microsoft Xbox 360 S facing ITC import ban in US

05/23, 5:31am

Xbox 360 ITC ban caused by H.264 patent infringement

The Microsoft Xbox 360 S is to be banned from sale in the US following an International Trade Commission ruling. In a court document released on Monday, ITC Judge David Shaw recommended the sale of both 4GB and 250GB versions of the console be blocked. His recommendation related to a ruling made last month that Microsoft was infringing on four patents owned by Motorola relating to the H.264 video format.

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ITC Judge condemns Motorola's conduct in patent case

05/14, 7:15pm

Judge says patent conduct of Motorola not in good faith

Motorola's patent demands and conduct were condemned by a judge overseeing a preliminary ITC ruling against Microsoft. Administrative Law Judge David Shaw wrote an initial determination, entering public records in a redacted state last week, stating that assurances on reasonable licensing of standards-essential patents "were misleading."

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Motorola wins in Germany, Xbox and Windows 7 face ban

05/02, 6:40am

Motorola wins patent ruling, MS unfazed

Motorola has landed a significant blow against Microsoft in Germany after persuading the Mannheim Regional Court to issue an injunction against the sale of the Xbox 360 and Windows 7. Judge Holger Kircher ruled that Microsoft had violated two Motorola patents, one pertaining to H.264 video-compression and the other related to wireless internet connection. However, the bans are subject to appeal and are not likely to be pursued by Motorola initially, the result of several complicating factors according to FOSS Patents.

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Re-engineered EvoCam 4 released, adds HTML5 support

09/19, 7:30pm

Does not yet support all cameras Evo 3 did

As mentioned last week, Evological has completely re-written and re-designed EvoCam 4 to be a modern all-Cocoa application, now requiring Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The webcam software now features H.264 video with AAC audio, as well as RTSP-over-HTTP and HTTP live streaming using HTML5, allowing EvoCam broadcasts to be viewed on mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad without the need to install a viewer app. The program can also be used to set up networked cameras.

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VIO updates POV.HD video system with new internals, 142° FOV

11/19, 12:20pm

1080p recorded in H.264 for up to five hours

VIO has introduced an update to its point-of-view video system, the POV.HD. The second-generation features the same overall form as its predecessor, but with several new components and additional functionality. Users can record up to five hours of H.264 video, including 1080p content at 30fps or 720p at 60fps, while the lens is capable of capturing a 142-degree field-of-view in the 1080p mode.

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DaVinci Resolve 7.0 boasts new UI, 3D capabilities

09/10, 6:30pm

Supports more formats, 3D, speed increases

Blackmagic Design today unveiled the Mac upgrade to v7 of the Emmy-winning professional DI color grader, DaVinci Resolve. The software, which requires a 17-inch MacBook Pro for standard-definition or web projects and a top-end Mac Pro for higher-level work, sports an all-new interface, now incorporates Apple ProRes and H.264 formats, supports RED Rocket cards and boasts new stereoscopic 3D grading as well as other features.

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Flash Player adds support for hardware decoding on Macs

08/10, 9:50pm

Feature finally out of beta development

Adobe has released an update to its Flash Player utility for Mac OS X. Version 10.1.82.76, known as Gala during beta development, is the first iteration to support GPU-based hardware acceleration. The feature is geared for decoding HD content formatted in H.264.

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Flash Media Live Encoder 3.1 arrives for Mac machines

03/30, 6:50pm

Mac version now supports Windows FME features

Adobe has released an update to its Flash Media Live Encoder utility, a media encoder that streams audio and video to Flash Media Server. Version 3.1 for Mac now provides all of the same features as FMLE 3.1 for Windows Machines, including the ability to perform three simultaneous encodes.

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Livestream Procaster outs app-free iPhone video streaming

11/12, 8:15pm

Company utilizes H.264 capabilities on iPhone

Livestream has launched its live internet video service, Livestream Procaster, allowing for app-free access to streaming video on the iPhone. The service allows users to stream video content from webcams, video cameras or the desktops of a Mac or PC. The feeds can be accessed from an iPhone and iPod touch, using either 3G or Wi-Fi. The turnkey service uses H.264 HTTP live streaming functionality built into the native QuickTime player included on the iPhone, allowing streams to play in the Safari browser instead of a standalone app.

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Telestream, Wowza announce live streaming for iPhone

09/03, 8:25pm

iPhone live streaming platform to launch in Q4

Telestream and Wowza Media Systems have announced a new platform for streaming live media to the iPhone and other web players. Using Telestream's Wirecast production software alongside Wowza's soon-to-ship Media Server 2 Advanced, which has expanded beyond Flash by adding H.264 support, users can stream high-quality video to the iPhones or iPod touch, Silverlight, Flash, QuickTime and IPTV-based set-top boxes.

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Microsoft Silverlight 3 offers H.264, full HD video

07/11, 9:45pm

MS Silverlight 3 released

Microsoft has released Silverlight 3, a new release of its multimedia software for Web. The software is available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows. Version 3 of new version of software, designed only for Intel-based Macs, offers better performance, GPU acceleration, tools to run on the desktop, and support for higher quality audio and video, including native H.264/Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) Audio, live and on-demand IIS7 Smooth Streaming, full HD (720p+) playback, and an extensible decoder pipeline. For developers, it new 3D graphics, animation features, hardware accelerated effects and text improvements to enable designers and developers to create next generation Web visuals.

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Samsung debuts 64GB SSD full-HD camcorder

01/05, 11:30pm

64GB SSD full-HD camcorder

Samsung Electronics has extended its line of full-HD digital camcorders with four new models - the HMX-H106, HMX-H105, HMX-H104, and HMX-H100. In addition to full HD video, the new H-Series offers a renowned Schneider Kreuznach Varioplan HD lens with Optical Image Stabilization, H.264 and internal Solid State Drives to provide onboard memory. Samsung's new flagship HMX-H106 features an internal 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD), increasing both write performance and dramatically reduces power consumption. The company claims that when actively reading and writing data, Samsung's SSD technology consumes approximately 1/8th of the power of a comparable HDD.

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BBC adds H.264, AAC compression to streaming content

08/13, 3:25pm

BBC upgrades to H.264, AAC

Later this week, the BBC will update its iPlayer streaming service with H.264 and AAC+ compression schemes, the UK broadcaster has announced. The move is aimed at supporting open standards, and additionally improving steaming quality, jumping bitrates from 500 to 800Kbps, according to Macworld. The compression schemes will offer improved visuals and sound for users streaming over Flash, currently the only way to access the BBC's media on a Mac. The network has already been broadcasting in non-Flash H.264 and AAC for its iPhone and iPod touch streams.

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EyeTV 3.0.2 supports H.264 TV, closed caption export

05/08, 3:10pm

EveTV 3.0.2 update

Elgato has released the v3.0.2 update to EyeTV, its TV streaming and recording software. The patch makes significant changes, most crucially support for broadcasts with H.264 compression, which are said to be increasingly popular; in Europe, for example, a number of DVB-T channels offer only H.264 streaming. Elgato has also introduced the export of closed captions to QuickTime videos, in particular text broadcast over ATSC and NTSC. As a result, users can now toggle captions on and off in software ranging from iTunes to the iPhone OS.

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NAB: Blackmagic debuts USB Video Recorder, more

04/15, 12:50am

Blackmagic USB video, SDI

Blackmagic Design recently unveiled several new video interfaces at the NAB 2008 conference, the USB-based Video Recorder – available in consumer and professional versions – and a large scale 8U rack-mount SDI router. The Blackmagic Video Recorder offers consumers the ability to capture video directly to H.264 through component or S-Video onto their computer. The consumer USB Video Recorder sells for $120.

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Ambric: Am2045 GT for Mac at NAB 2008

04/10, 12:35am

Ambric Am2045 GT for Mac

Ambric today unveiled plans to show its pre-release version of Am2045 GT on the Mac platform at this year's NAB conference. The Am2045 GT is a video reference platform that allows video professionals users to accelerate HD MPEG-2 and HD H.264 encoding for distribution on platforms such as Blu-ray, Flash, and DVD. The hardware also accelerates Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 and After Effects CS3 via a plug-in.

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Pyro debuts PCI Express-based video encoder

01/10, 12:30pm

Pyro debuts video encoder

Pyro AV has unveiled Pyro Kompressor HD, a PCI Express-based accelerator solution that encodes HD MPEG-2 and HD H.264/AVC up to eight times faster than software-only video compression. The single-slot PYRO Kompressor HD board is powered by the Ambric Am2045, a parallel processor with 336 RISC processors delivering 1.2 teraOPS-class of video horsepower for consistently high throughput encoding. Pyro Kompressor HD for the Mac platform will be available this spring for $3,500.

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Apple releases QuickTime Broadcaster 1.5.2

12/14, 1:25pm

QuickTime Broadcaster

Apple has released QuickTime Broadcaster 1.5.2, an application combining the power of QuickTime with Apple's ease of use that allows average users to produce a live broadcast event. The update offers H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10 video) live broadcasting, as well as 3G streaming support for sending live broadcasts to multimedia-enabled cellular phones. QuickTime Broadcaster 1.5.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later.

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FixMyMovie.com offers free H.264 conversion, upsample

12/11, 7:45pm

FixMyMovie.com service

MotionDSP today unveiled H.264 support on FixMyMovie.com, its free online one-click video touchup service. Originally designed for military applications, FixMyMovie.com allows users to upload video footage from digital cameras, mobile phones, or webcams and remove pixelation errors, and the service also supports up-sampling – taking low resolution video and retrieving high definition content from it. MotionDSP opted to support H.264, as the format is quickly becoming the standard for broadcasting high quality HD footage.

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Sorenson ships Squeeze 4.8 for Adobe Flash

12/05, 1:20pm

Squeeze 4.8 for Flash

Sorenson Media on Wednesday released Sorenson Squeeze 4.8 for Adobe Flash. On the heels of Adobe's Flash Player 9 Update 3 with H.264 video support, the company said that the upgrade enables users of Sorenson Media’s application to encode MPEG-4 video compatible with the newly-released Adobe Flash 9 Update 3 software, using the H.264/AVC, AAC and HE-AAC codecs. The "true" MPEG-4 files are also compatible with popular devices such as Apple's iPod and Sony's PSP, the company noted. Sorenson has also included other MPEG-4 variants within Squeeze 4.8 Flash, including the ability to encode into MPEG-4 Part 10 or 3GPP formats. In addition to the H.264 support, two other Flash-based codecs are also available: Sorenson Spark Pro and, for an additional $100 purchase, the On2 VP6 Pro Encoder plug-in.

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Adobe debuts Flash Media Server 3

12/04, 7:40pm

Flash Media Server 3

Adobe has taken wraps off the Flash Media Server 3 series of products, consisting of two offerings: Adobe Flash Media Streaming Server 3 for live and on-demand video streaming and Adobe Flash Media Interactive Server 3 for scalable video streaming services and social media applications. The new releases support nearly double the amount of streams per server; support for industry standard H.264 video and HE-AAC audio in Adobe Flash Player 9 ; upgrades to Adobe’s patented protocol for delivering protected content; and enhanced live video support. In addition, Adobe Flash Media Server 3 supports both prerecorded and live streaming to Adobe Flash Lite 3.

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Adobe updates Flash with H.264 video

12/04, 2:20pm

Adobe Flash with H.264

Adobe today launched one of its most significant updates to its web tools for video creation and playback. Flash 9 Update 3 is the first public version of the player to support video in the H.264 format, significantly improving video quality. With a fast-enough connection, viewers can watch HD-quality clips in the same format used by many Blu-ray and HD DVD movies, Adobe boasts. Videos can also use the High Efficiency AAC standard to provide backing audio at higher quality without affecting bandwidth.

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