Auditude Takes Home Award and Celebrates Anniversary With New Update

It’s been a busy week here for the Project Primetime team. In the midst of celebrating the anniversary of Auditude joining Adobe, our industry-leading ad server was awarded the Streaming Media Reader’s Choice Award for Video Advertising Management Platform.  We joined some pretty solid company with Adobe Media Server, Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe SiteCatalyst also picking up awards, all presented at Streaming Media West in Los Angeles.

Adobe Auditude and Adobe Media Server are pillars of Project Primetime, and these awards were delivered at a time of accelerating innovation from the team. Auditude just released an update — the highlights from that release are numerous, but three important features that are resonating with customers include:

Advanced forecasting. One of our most-requested enhancements, seasonality and consumption trends can now be projected with our advanced forecasting algorithm. Every publisher has content that is either increasing or decreasing in popularity, and these trends can vary based on the program, duration, genre, geo, etc. Similarly, ad ops can forecast spikes and drops in certain types of content experience based on day of week, month, or season. For example, some network shows trail off in viewership during the summer. Existing, 28-day based algorithms would fail to predict this drop, putting inventory managers at risk for missing campaign goals due to lack of inventory. Auditude makes sure this never happens by detecting these trends and applying them to its forecasts.

* Smart Groups. Publishers can surface potential problem ads before they cause issues. Smart Groups allow ad traffickers to access – with just one click – all the ads that fit different, customizable sets of criteria. For example, a Smart Group can identify ads beginning in three days that are missing creative, giving an ad trafficker sufficient time to correct the problem.

* Real-time Availability.  Ad ops can run an availability check on any inventory segment within a few seconds,  so they can respond without delay to maximize revenue potential. Now, inventory managers can instantly approve proposals, allowing their ad sales teams to be more nimble and responsive to advertisers.

Feature-rich as well, Adobe Media Server released version 5 at IBC to help programmers meet FCC requirements for closed captioning and deliver protected streams via HLS to Apple devices.

It’s an exciting time in the industry and it’s rewarding to see our products recognized both by our peers and customers.  But we’re not slowing down — stay tuned for more soon!

Rover Curiosity Streams Live from Planet Mars with Adobe Media Server and AWS

Even though based on Star Trek, warp drive to enable interplanetary exploration won’t be invented until 2063, mankind is slowly continuing to explore at least its nearby planetary system, thanks to the smart engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

The historic landing of Mars rover Curiosity attracted a significant audience, which JPL streamed to hundred thousands of concurrent viewers with Adobe Media Server and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

NASA/JPL’s live video streaming architecture was developed on a combination of Adobe Flash Media Server, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances running the popular nginx caching tier, Elastic Load Balancing, Amazon Route 53 for DNS management, and Amazon CloudFront for content delivery. [via Amazon Case Study]

Below is the impressive architecture from Amazon’s Case Study (which also unveils that Rover Curiosity is actually not running an Adobe Media Server origin, but Amazon ingests Nasa TV’s feed on earth).

It’s a great showcase how technology in space and on earth can work together to let humanity participate in a historic moment.

Learn more about Adobe Media ServerAdobe Media Server 5 on Amazon Web Services, and the Amazon Case Study. Watch the live stream on NASA TV.

And if you are actually interested in Mars, don’t miss this 360 panorama of Mars.

This is the latest panorama released by NASA July 2012. It was assembled from 817 images taken between Dec. 21, 2011, and May 8, 2012, while Opportunity was stationed on an outcrop informally named ‘Greeley Haven’. on a segment of the rim of ancient Endeavour Crater. [via Paroramas.sk]

Simply amazing.

(Featured image and panorama credit NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Adobe’s Project Primetime Powers BBC’s Coverage of the Olympics

Earlier this month, NBC launched two Olympics apps that are powered by Adobe technologies and built on Adobe AIR, Adobe’s Flash runtime for mobile apps.

Today, we’re excited to announce that the BBC is leveraging key components of Project Primetime in their live and video on demand (VOD) coverage of the London Games. The content is being delivered through a new, HTML5 app built with Adobe PhoneGap, Adobe’s tools and framework for creating cross-platform HTML5 apps for smartphones and tablets.

The BBC employs Project Primetime to power its coverage of the Olympic Games and other major sporting events to millions of mobile and connected devices across the UK for the first time in history. Positioned as “the Digital Olympics” by the BBC, we are happy to provide some of the core components required to deliver on their vision.

Several Adobe technologies are being used to power BBC’s coverage of the Olympics. Adobe Media Server prepares the content in using both the HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) format and the HTTP Live Streaming format (HLS) to stream live and on demand video across desktops, connected TVs and iOS devices. Adobe Media Server is also used as a video origin to feed video across content delivery networks to meet capacity requirements.

To ensure an uninterrupted viewing experience, Adobe worked closely with the BBC to provide adaptive bitrate video playback technology built using the Open Source Media Framework (OSMF) that we have updated to ensure that video re-buffering or stream disruptions are limited as the video leaves the broadcast center and reaches the consumer device.

Primetime Highlights will also be used to power the rapid conversion of live video to on-demand clips. This allows audiences to experience interesting moments throughout the games, even if they cannot watch it live. Primetime Highlights can ingest pre-encoded video streams and quickly re-assemble them into clips with full adaptive bitrate support and made available to the audience quickly. This technology has been completely integrated into the BBC’s data management flow, so the video experience will be supported by synchronized data about the sport and the athlete.