Tag - Video
YouTube is stepping up its efforts to allow users to stream live over its service, with an upcoming update to its mobile app. Putting itself in direct competition with Facebook's own live-streaming service and the Twitter-owned Periscope, the Alphabet video site is slowly rolling out a change to its iOS app that will allow a small selection of users to broadcast video live to their subscribers, directly from their smartphone or tablet.
Facebook has introduced two changes to the way users of the social network can share items visually, both in still images and in video. It is possible for users to submit their own 360-degree photographs for viewing on the site, as well as through mobile apps, and while it has allowed users to upload their own videos for a while, it is now allowing for comments on posts and status updates to also include video clips for the first time.
Occasionally, defining a technical term for other people to understand is deceptively easy. In some cases, the thing you are being asked about can be described in a few sentences, and with a tiny bit of prior knowledge, can even be summed up with just one simple statement. The deception lies in that it isn't just the definition you have to supply, but the obligatory follow-up questions that force you to justify why it exists. Today's subject, 4K (as in TVs, monitors, video resolutions and so forth), fits neatly into this highly-annoying category.
This is another case of it being easy when you know how. It's also another case of being vaguely aware of a feature but only really finding it by accident. All of which means that this is a case of being inspired by Charles Martin's Pointers last week, about Five tips for iOS I learned by accident
The European Commission has published a new proposal that would force streaming media services to invest in content created in Europe, alongside other video-related rule changes that would affect services including YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and others. Initially leaked last week, the directive would require online streaming services to ensure at least 20 percent of its catalog provided to European subscribers is made up of European-origin content.
Okay, let's not even try to contrive some drama. Last week, I was challenged to quit iTunes -- and this week I'm back, having done so and realized that technically, it's quite easy. Yet I'm also back in the sense of using iTunes again: there were problems, there were lots of recommendations, there are many people who loathe iTunes, but one week ago, I wasn't fussed: and this week, I am glad to be using it again.
This is less a hands-on, more an eyes-on: for it's about a tutorial video. Hazel Video Field Guide by David Sparks is that fella, talking over a shot of his Mac screen, for just under two and a half hours. When we put it like that, it sounds dull, but actually it's absorbing, interesting, and we learned things from it.
Adobe is increasing its push for content creation on iOS devices, by combining together some of its mobile tools into a new app suite. Adobe Spark is the company's brand for the initiative, aimed at creators of blog posts, social media posts, and other visual web content, with the renaming of three existing apps accompanied by some app updates, and a new web app for using some of the tools from within a desktop browser.
European customers of video streaming services could end up paying a higher subscription, if a proposal from the European Commission is adopted. According to a draft of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, expected to be revealed next week, member states within the European Union could impose a "Netflix Tax" on services operating within the country, with funds received from the levy intended to help finance local TV show and movie productions.
A camera that claims to make it as simple as possible for consumers to produce their own 360-degree videos is now available to pre-order. Initially announced at CES in January, HumanEyes' Vuze camera is a compact shooter measuring 4.8 inches across and 1.2 inches thick, which is capable of capturing video from all directions using a collection of eight cameras, allowing it to create stereoscopic 360-degree videos at a 4K resolution at 30fps with relative ease.