Video platform provider Kaltura raises another $47M

New York-based video platform provider Kaltura has raised another $47 million in funding from SAP Ventures, Nokia Growth Partners, Commonfund Capital, and Brazil-based Gera Ventures. Existing investors .406 Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment and Silicon Valley Bank are also back for more. Kaltura wants to use the money for further international expansion, and has raised a total of $115 million to date.

With new HTML5 player, is video finally coming to Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is getting a new HTML5-based video player that will make it easier to add video clips to the millions of articles on the site. Of course, Wikipedia has been working on incorporating video since 2008. So why has it been taking so long?

Kaltura Raises $20M From Intel & Others

Open-source video distribution firm Kaltura announced that it has raised $20 million in a new funding round led by Nexus Venture Partners. It also said that it has more than 100,000 publishers using its platform, including big names like Fox, Paramount and HBO.

Stroome Brings Collaborative Video Editing Online

A new collaborative online video editing suite dubbed Stroome is going into public beta this week, with an official unveiling planned for Wednesday at the USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism, where Stroome was developed as a graduate project. Stroome is based on the Kaltura video editing suite, but extends the online editor with community tools that make it possible to work on videos together and remix other people’s work.
Stroome co-founder Tom Grasty told me that the site will eventually adopt a freemium model and offer paying end users or companies licensing Stroome more storage for their raw footage, as well as HD capabilities. One of the first licensing partners is USC Annenberg, where the editing suite will be used in classrooms, as well as for its campus cable channel Anneberg TV News and its online journalism project Neon Tommy.
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Kaltura Adds App Exchange

Kaltura has just launched a virtual marketplace where publishers and developers can exchange plugins, skins, extensions and applications that can be used with its open-source video management platform. The Kaltura Exchange, which is now in beta, enables developers to re-use and share code been written for their own video implementations, while giving publishers an easy way to add functionality without having to build it from scratch.
The new app exchange provides a one-stop shop for tools to augment Kaltura’s video management platform, including for transcoding, player designs, metadata extraction, SEO, monetization and analytics. Apps are split into categories, such as skins, themes and language packs; plugins for the Kaltura video player, remixer and other video tools; client libraries in different programming languages; and stand-alone widgets and apps. Read More about Kaltura Adds App Exchange

Ooyala, Kaltura Add Silverlight Support

In terms of user and customer adoption, Microsoft (s MSFT) Silverlight has been playing catch-up with Adobe (s ADBE) Flash ever since it was released back in 2007. But there’s reason to believe that it’s catching on, with online video platforms Ooyala and Kaltura both adding support for the latest version of the rich Internet application framework.
Silverlight is gaining traction, both in terms of consumer installations and adoption by media companies and enterprises for the delivery of web video and the development of web apps. The Silverlight client is now installed on about 60 percent of Internet connected devices, Brad Becker, director of product management for rich client platforms at Microsoft, told us a few weeks ago.
As a result, more media companies and video publishers are seeing it as a viable solution for their online streaming needs, which has led Ooyala and Kaltura to add support for the technology based on customer demand. In a phone interview, Kaltura CEO Ron Yekutiel said that its customers were showing interest in the technology due to its support for advanced DRM and HTTP-based adaptive streaming technology. And a spokesperson for Ooyala says it added Silverlight primarily to support some large International broadcasters who wish to use Silverlight video for their streaming of the World Cup.
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Kaltura Launches HTML5Video.org, Publishes HTML5 Media Library

Open source video platform provider Kaltura launched a new site called HTML5Video.org today that is meant to be an industry resource for HTML5 video-related issues. The site is supported by Mozilla, the Open Video Alliance and the Wikimedia Foundation. The launch coincides with the release of Kaltura’s HTML5 Media Library, which enables web site owners to embed videos in their sites through HTML5 without locking out users of older browsers that don’t support Flash-free web video just yet.

The HTML5 Media Library uses a fallback mechanism to play media through a Java application in browsers that don’t natively support HTML5 video. Kaltura plans to extend the library to also support analytics and monetization — two very important features that have so far prevented many sites from fully adopting HTML5. YouTube (s GOOG), for example, has been toying with HTML5 in recent months, enabling users to watch a subset of the site’s content without Flash after opting into a special TestTube trial. However, videos with ads are always shown in Flash. Sites like YouTube could at least in theory completely ditch Flash if HTML5 video was embraced by advertisers.

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Wikipedia Is Finally Gearing Up For Video

This week, it almost happened. The servers hosting all of Wikipedia’s media were ready to burst, filled up to the max with almost six million files totaling close to eight terabytes of data. Wikimedia Foundation, the organization behind Wikipedia, was able to install a new server with tons of new space just in time this Tuesday, but Wikimedia’s deputy director Eric Moeller admitted in a blog post: “It’s been a much closer call this time than we would like.”

Part of the reason why Wikimedia has to deal with a huge influx of data is that volunteers are increasingly uploading videos, and content partnerships with museums and archives have brought in hundreds of hours of additional footage. Wikimedia announced two years ago already that it was getting ready to include more of this content into Wikipedia. Little of this has materialized so far, but now it finally seems like video on Wikipedia is actually going to happen soon. So how is the free encyclopedia going to use moving images, and why has this taken so long?
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