Sunday, July 31, 2011

HTML5 Javascript video Chromakey.

I thought I had already posted this, but I hadn't and I wanted to show it to someone asking me a few questions.  I had to search everywhere to find it again.

It's a demo of HTML5 doing live chromakey on the client side.

The code for that is here:  Manipulating video using canvas

Post-PC TV: How and Where We Watch Netflix, Hulu and YouTube | Epicenter |

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Lowest cost HDMI Switcher

When I went out looking at HDMI switch boxes I was shocked at the prices.

The best price at BestBuy was $89.99, $29.99 and $299.99

The best price at RadioShack was:
AUVIO™ 4-In/1-Out HDMI® Selector Switch with Remote Control
Model: 15-318

Although they had a web special

CE labs® HM41SR 3-Way HDMI™ Switcher
Model: HS103

Well I found a very similar device for much less.

3 X 1 Mini HDMI Switcher w/ Intelligent Switch
$12.99 in Quantity 1 and in volume as low as $11.99

With UPS Priority shipping and tax is was $19.92

The HDMI®* mini switcher not only has the key-press-switching function, but also has the intelligent function. It routes high definition video (in multiple resolutions up to 1080p) and digital audio from any one of the several sources to display units. All inputs accommodate the connections of the high definition video sources simultaneously, compatible well for HD-DVD,SKY-STB, PS3, Xbox360 etc.

  • Support 12-bit Deep Color, full 1080p
  • Multifunctional on switching : Intelligent or mechanical
  • High performance up to 2.5Gbps
  • Supports 25Meters HDMI Cable on both ends of the Switcher
  • Maintains high resolution video - beautiful, sharp HDTV resolutions up to 1080p, 2k, 1440p graphics and computer resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 are easily achieved

But a Google Ad on the Bestbuy web page listed one for
$21.99 from

High Speed HDMI and HDCP 3 Ports Mini Switch with External IR Receiver and Remote, Intelligent Auto Switch, No AC Power Needed (195-116) with 3 pcs of 6 Feet High Speed HDMI Male to Male Digital A/V Cable, 30 AWG Cable (193-350)

This is probably the best deal because it come with 3 HDMI cables!

Mobilious - videocall your TV

Friday, July 29, 2011

Amazon Scores NBCUniversal Streaming Deal

From Amazon Scores NBCUniversal Streaming Deal

Amazon Prime customers can now access 7K shows, 2K movies

Netflix and Hulu beware: Amazon has struck a new blow in the battle for streaming content. A deal with NBCUniversal has added some 1,000 movies and TV shows to the web giant’s streaming library. Alongside a deal with CBS, Amazon now provides its Prime customers—who pay $79 a year for free shipping and other perks—with 7,000 TV shows and 2,000 movies, Mashable reports. Meanwhile, Netflix faces a setback as customers quit over its new pricing plan

3D porn channel launches in France

It would seem 3D has found it's killer app.

Beyond HDTV

From Slashdot:

"The Economist writes a thoughtful article about the next generation of HDTVs and how they will provide resolutions beyond 1080p. The drive for higher resolution is driven in part by the demands of 3D content. Also, some see streaming higher resolution content to the home as a way to make up for declining DVD sales. This would mean the studios would have to better embrace services such as Netflix or stream directly to the consumer. Mind you, picture quality is driven by more than the number of pixels."

From the Economist Article

1080p Today's "Full HD" format.
Today’s high-definition television (HDTV) sets display 1,920 vertical scan lines and 1,080 horizontal lines using so-called “progressive” scanning (ie, cycled continuously from top to bottom). The result is a grid of 2,073,600 pixels (ie, 2.1 megapixels).

2160p  Quad HD format
Doubling the number of vertical and horizontal scan lines across and down the screen to 3,840 by 2,160 results in a display containing 8,294,400 pixels (ie, 8.3 megapixels). In other words, going from “1080p” to “2160p” display technology yields a fourfold increase in the amount of information that can be displayed on the screen. 
This is almost identical to the “4K” digital cinema standard (3,996 by 2160 pixels) that the studios have started using to shoot digital movies. While conventional cinema screens have an aspect ratio of 1.85-to-one, the slightly wider 4K movie format can be shoe-horned into television’s 1.77-to-one picture frame without too much difficulty. 

4320p  Ultra HD or Super Hi-Vision
Super Hi-Vision version capable of displaying 7,680 by 4,320 pixels (ie, 33 megapixels). Recently, Sharp unveiled the first fruit of its collaboration with NHK—a 4320p prototype with a humongous 85-inch screen and a resolution of 103ppi. If all 33m pixels that the Super Hi-Vision format (known as Ultra HD elsewhere) offers were crammed onto a 22-inch screen, the picture resolution would be an astonishing 400ppi.

Gesture Remote

The GestureRemote, designed by Lunar Europe and zinosign, lets you control your TV using gestures, much like a touchscreen phone.

"I’m surprised that it doesn’t also use an accelerometer to expand the vocabulary of possible gestures." - Martin Polley

The future is here: you can now surf through TV channels and digital media using simple gestures -- touch-free -- with no keypad in sight. The new Gesture Remote concept from IDENT Technology allows you to control all features of your TV without having to press a single button.

I actually have some better ideas then this. If anyone is interested contact me, John Sokol

Fwd: Something about Buckaroo Awards for Projectors

Is it just me or is the s/n on this press release really low.

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From: "Bill Coggshall" <>
Date: Jul 28, 2011 10:41 PM


Linda Norton, +1 949-493-4601,

William Coggshall, +1 650-561-9020,

Pacific Media Names Buckaroo Awards for 2011 InfoComm Projectors
Exciting new technologies in maturing projector business

Menlo Park, California, USA – July 28, 2010.  Pacific Media Associates, the global market information experts on front projectors, has announced their Buckaroo winners for best-of-show products exhibited at InfoComm International 2011. The Buckaroo award is named for the pioneering cowboys of the Great Basin country of the American West, which includes portions of California, Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon. These cowboys were known for fancy gear that displayed lots of silver ornamentation, so the name is particularly fitting as a recognition of products that produce the best-looking pictures. The Buckaroo Awards recognize those products in the front projector category that lead the herd by enabling projection of attractive images in a broad range of situations.

Although data-capable front projectors using digital imager chip technology such as 3LCD, DLP, or LCOS date from 1994, the industry has made giant strides in technology, yielding giant improvements in brightness, resolution, color gamut, and a host of other features and performance measures. Industry growth has attracted numerous major brands, further spurring innovation and continued improvements in price-performance that have led to market expansion. But as is typical of maturing markets, competitive pressures have forced manufacturers to take measures such as expanding the boundary of the key measure of performance--in this case brightness--and specializing in narrower and narrower segments. The high-tech market information company Pacific Media Associates (PMA), founded in 1992, has expanded along with the industry, creating a worldwide team of projector experts to measure, analyze, and forecast the projector market. PMA currently divides our coverage of the market into three brightness ranges--New Era (sub-500 lumens), Mainstream (500-4999 lumens), and High-End (5000+ lumens)--each of which receives a significant fraction of our attention. In 2011 these three ranges turned out to be a handy way to look at the advances in technology, performance, and features of the products shown at this year's InfoComm International trade show, and we picked a Buckaroo award winner from each of the three.

New Era

Optoma ML500 - In early 2006 PMA identified the emerging New Era projector range, which at that time comprised a few, mostly quite dim, models using LED illumination, but with a likelihood of evolving to become models that had the brightness, resolution, and other specifications to make them attractive for volume sales. Most of the industry leaders have been in denial for years about this sub-500 lumen range, but their performance has now reached a stage where they can no longer be ignored. Although there have been numerous models, with varying resolutions, using either DLP or LCOS imagers, the recently-introduced and cost-effective WXGA DLP chipset, combined with bright LEDs, has garnered most of the design wins. At InfoComm the PMA team was most impressed with the 500-lumen Optoma ML500 model. While a few other manufacturers have achieved this brightness level using this combination of technology, Optoma did so in a package weighing under 2 1/2 lb. that contains the power supply, and is so thin it can be tucked into a laptop bag nestled against the laptop or even in a large purse. Its comprehensive set of inputs (including HDMI) and supported media, plus its built-in Personal Media Player and MS Office document viewer, enable it to display a wide range of signals or content types. It is compact and offers a low carry weight. A lot of technology for a $699 list price.


Casio Laser & LED Hybrid Light Engine Signature, Pro, and Short-Throw Family - Casio earns a Buckaroo award for catching the "greenness" wave, by taking a risk with new technology and staying the course through a few initial bumpy months. PMA gave them an award last year for innovation, but this year they deserve another one for recognizing the nature of their initial success and rapidly expanding into a much broader line. How frequently most UHP-type lamps need to be replaced continues to be a subject for debate, but environmental-sensitive educators loved the IDEA of a long-lived alternative, and Casio moved adroitly to capitalize on that idea. Educators can now choose from a pair of short-throw models based upon hybrid illumination, and other types of buyers can choose from Casio's expanded family of hybrid products aimed at the sweet spots of resolution and brightness (up to 3,500 lumens).


Sharp "SV" Series with AN-SV100T motorized swivel mount - Only time will tell how narrow the segment is for the new Sharp motorized docking station accessory that can accommodate either the 5000 lumen XGA model XG-SV200X or 4500 lumen WXGA XG-SV100W projector. This unique mount horizontally rotates the projector up to 360-degrees (180-degrees in each direction), and the motorized horizontal and vertical lens shift of the projectors enables a considerable range of screen sizes and positions to be used. Eight banks of memory-presets enable the projector to automatically swivel and project content. It seems to us that an ideal use would be in places like hotel ballrooms with movable partitions that have to serve a variety of group sizes in a relatively short period of time. But even if this product doesn't fly off the shelves, it generated a lot of booth traffic at InfoComm and should boost Sharp's image and mindshare in the longer term.

Congratulations to the winners of the InfoComm 2011 Buckaroo awards.

NOTE: This information may not be used for advertising or other promotional use without the express prior written consent of Pacific Media Associates.

About Pacific Media Associates

Pacific Media specializes in worldwide front projector market information, including New Era (sub-500 lumens), Mainstream (500-4999 lumens), and High-End (5000+ lumens) categories. Their Industry Service family of publications provides detailed worldwide quarterly updates (sell-in data and forecasts) on front projector markets, newsletters on new products and other key industry developments, and biennial Web surveys of North American dealers and end users (including organizations and individual consumers). Their Tracking Service family of monthly reports offers timely sell-through data and analysis on unit sales, true volume-weighted street prices, and inventories of front projectors sold by leading North American retailers, resellers, and distributors. Pacific Media Associates was established- by Dr. William Coggshall, who was a co-founder of Dataquest (now part of Gartner) and helped start the syndicated high-tech market information business. The company headquarters is at 1060 Siskiyou Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Telephone +1 650-561-9020

The WebM Project

WebM is an audio-video format designed to provide a royalty-free, open video compression format for use with HTML5 video. The project's development is sponsored by Google.
A WebM file consists of VP8 video and Vorbis audio streams, in a container based on a profile of Matroska.

The project releases WebM related software under a BSD license and all users are granted a worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free patent license. Despite this, some in the industry have called upon Google to provide indemnification against patent suits.

WebM is supported by Mozilla, Opera, Adobe, Google and more than seventy other publishers and software and hardware vendors.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

3D Nausea Solved By Eye-Tracking

From Slashdot:
"If you are like me, then the slightest disparity in those 3D movies causes nausea — and I know it does with thousands of others too. LG claims to have solved the problem with a new technology that uses eye-tracking, similar to those red-eye detectors in digital cameras, adjusting the 3D display so that you don't get sick. Due to be available in LG's glasses-free 3D computer monitor it also displays normal 2D stuff, so even if you don't use the 3D much it might be worth a try. I plan on buying one of the 20-inch monitors this fall when it becomes available in the U.S. (It's only in Korea now.) If it works as advertised great; if not, at least I can still use it as a regular monitor."

Fwd: Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC

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3D without glasses? It's possible!

CEBIT HANOVER (03/05/2010) -- It's the talk of consumer electronics and gaming. Depending on who you ask, 3D could change the way we watch TV and play computer games, but there's one thing it
seems everyone is agreed on: who wants to wear those goofy glasses? It turns out, you might not have to. At this week's Cebit IT fair developers are showing a new breed of screen that projects a 3D image directly at the viewer and doesn't require glasses.

Talk on: 3D Display and next generation video technology.

I attended a talk last night at an Android meeting on the work for next generation 3D Display and transmission technology research being done at the Fraunhofer Institute. Not sure what this has to do with Android.

 Jürgen Rurainsky:  leading Researcher of Image Processing at Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

Brilliant Stuff, Wrong venue, too small, hot crowded and hard to see and hear what he had to say.

Monthly Android Technical Session

Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 6:00 PM
Selected By: David Cao

1911 Landings Drive, Mountain View, CA (map)

Selected By: David Cao
This is our monthly technical session for experienced Android developers.

Topic: 3D Display
As one of the key inventors of the H.264 standard, Fraunhofer HHI’s leadership in video innovation puts them in a unique position to discuss what’s next for the industry. In this talk, Jürgen Rurainsky, with almost 10 years of research experience in 3DTV and Image processing, will discuss the current state and future trends of 3D capture, encoding, transport and visualization.
Speaker Bio : Jürgen Rurainsky

Leading Researcher of Image Processing at Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and Head of the IP Marketing and Business Development Group
Jürgen Th. Rurainsky studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Siegen, Germany, University of Tulsa, OK, USA and University of Dortmund,
Germany. He wrote his final thesis at AT&T Labs & Research and he received the Dipl.-Ing. degree from the University of Dortmund in 2001. He has been an employee of the Image Processing department since 2002.

Here is the similar talk he gave to another group.

These are other talks he's given.
Image Processing for Dimentions, Network and Consumers.

Multiprojection and Capture

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mark Cuban: Cable Has More Video Opportunities Than The Internet

From  Multichannel News

Mark Cuban: Cable Has More Video Opportunities Than The Internet

Dallas Mavericks and HDNet chief Mark Cuban said Tuesday that despite making a dollar or two off of the Internet himself from, he is more bullish on cable right now from a video delivery standpoint.

"I'd rather advertise in a cable programming guide than on the Internet," he told an admittedly home court crowd of cable execs at The Independent Show here, noting people are buying more TV's than PC's. "The digital side of cable offers more opportunity than the Internet does."

Among his reasoning is there are just too many standards for web video right now. "If you want to advertise, you can't just do one ad and put it everywhere," he noted.

Saying he was tired of cable operators being forced to hold places in their lineups for smaller cable channels run by big media conglomerates, he said he has begun working on lobbying strategies for the first time.

On Netflix, he said that it is "successful because they took all the garbage no one -- wait, that's not fair to call it garbage, it's library content -- but they came to Viacom and everyone and said we'll pay you cash up front, whereas Apple and Amazon didn't. Netflix will be in great shape until someone else pays cash upfront."

Cuban is also rumored by many to be a potential bidder for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, which is in the middle of an ownership mess. But the outspoken NBA team owner has been down that road before, when he was in the mix for the Chicago Cubs when they were on the block by Tribune.

"I learned a lot from the Cubs. I learned how to get abused and I learned how to get played. They kept on using me to drive up the price," he said, dismissing past reports he had bid $1.2 billion for the Cubs. "Tribune chief Sam Zell wouldn't meet with me.

Basketball and maybe baseball are not the only sports interests for Cuban, who says he has two people working full time on a new playoff system for college football. He says he can't make his plans public until next month, but hinted they would include a series of conference championship games leading to some sort of a playoff system. "The one thing we know is if it does pass, it's going to be on HDNet," he said.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

An observation on broadcast weather reporting from around the world.

Finland's weather really seems depressing.

Fwd: Video capture cards...

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