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Submitted by Alicia on May 6, 2014

On Wednesday, May 7th at 7 p.m. CET, the Vienna State Opera will live stream the performance of Verdi’s Nabucco in 4K UHD HEVC delivered via MPEG-DASH over the Internet. This special occasion marks the first time fans around the world with UHD-ready smart or connected TVs can watch a live performance at this famous institution in 4K UHD. Since the classic opera contains four acts and will be delivered in stunning 4K, we’ve compiled a list of four reasons to watch the live performance:

1. A Classic Pairing – Verdi’s Nabucco and Plácido Domingo
Nabucco was one of the first operas written by romantic Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi. Authored in 1841, it is based on biblical stories following the oppression of Jews. The classic libretto has been performed at prestigious opera houses around the world and will feature the talented Plácido Domingo in the lead role. Not only is Plácido Domingo an established performer who has sung in over 144 different roles, he has conducted over 500 performances as well. With his strong tenor voice and dramatic tone, Domingo’s performance can now reach fans worldwide as he personally invites everyone to watch this groundbreaking live video stream.

2. Iconic Venue – Vienna State Opera House
The Wiener Staatsoper was built in the mid-19th century and is home to the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Austrian ballet company. As one of the busiest opera houses in the world, it produces 50 to 60 operas per year hosting more than 300 performances. Currently, the historic Vienna State Opera seats 2,100 people, but the live stream will allow viewers around the globe to watch this classic operatic piece.

3. Collaborative Effort – Elemental, ETAS, Ooyala, and Samsung
The collaborative workflow for the live 4K streaming event was designed by Elemental partner ETAS High Tech Hardware Systems GmbH. Based in Austria, ETAS worked closely with the Vienna State Opera, Samsung and other partners to coordinate this historic event. During the performance, Elemental will encode content captured by a Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K camera. Delivery of 4K HEVC MPEG-DASH streams will be managed by Ooyala for viewing worldwide via a custom Samsung connected TV application and PC-based application. Elemental will also encode content for a for 65-inch Samsung connected TV for public viewing at the opera house.

4. Transcend Distance – Innovative Technology Delivers Culture
Decades ago, the only ways to enjoy opera was to listen to it on the radio or attend a live performance. With innovative technology from Elemental and the creativity of the Vienna State Opera, fans around the world now have the opportunity to enjoy this event in stunning 4K. Elemental remains the only vendor who can offer a complete solution for real-time 4K HEVC video delivery. Streaming artistic performances in ultra high-definition lets viewers enjoy an immersive, captivating and cultural experience.

Streaming content in UHD 4K is an extremely relevant topic in the video industry, with many trials successfully proving the end-to-end technology. However, the content is often confined to sporting events (like Elemental’s participation in last week’s Sky Deutschland football match) and movies and TV shows (as Netflix has ramped its efforts and is now offering UHD 4K content for customers). In 2010, Elemental supported the live streaming of an Imogen Heap concert in HD and just four short years later, innovative content providers and leading technology companies continue to advance the online media experience. Elemental remains proud of the impact we can have by making educational and cultural content available to the world at large.

Submitted by Alicia on April 22, 2014

Elemental green extends well beyond our brandmark. It also represents the healthy culture we strive to create on a daily basis. Recognized and respected as a “green” company within the community, Elemental employees are encouraged to contribute to a healthy environment and increased sustainability. On Earth Day, we not only see an opportunity to assess how well we’re supporting our community, but also reflect upon ways to improve our efforts.

To celebrate Earth Day 2014, Elemental is participating in a neighborhood cleanup at a local park. Throughout the year, Elemental employees are dedicated to giving back, regular volunteering and investing in our community. Our efforts have three primary areas of focus: education, hunger and environment, and last year, Elemental employees volunteered more than 1,000 hours with a 75% participation rate.

Living in beautiful Portland makes it easy for employees to take advantage of several environmentally friendly commuting options. Elemental provides public transit passes, shared vehicle access and support for bike commuting. A recent survey of employees found that 85% of commutes to Elemental headquarters are non-single-occupancy-vehicle trips, whether they are by public transit, bike, on foot, in a carpool or via a car share service.

Recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon, Elemental creates a high-performance, positive culture invested in its community. If you’re interested in joining our talented team, take a look at our current open positions.

Submitted by Lisa on April 5, 2014

At NAB 2014, Elemental introduces software-defined video (SDV) solutions that enable pay TV operators, content programmers, broadcasters and other video providers to keep pace with an evolving industry embracing display formats like 4K Ultra HD and implementing standards such as HEVC and MPEG-DASH. SDV offers a new paradigm and a viable way to serve premium content to any screen, anywhere, at any time with reduced complexity and maximum flexibility.

Software-defined video is an infrastructure-agnostic approach to implementing flexible, scalable and easily upgradable video architectures. Unlike legacy solutions, this advancement allows video providers to deploy software across an optimal combination of dedicated and virtualized resources in both private and public data centers. A software-defined approach frees video providers from the constraints of dedicated equipment by allowing for the best architecture and processor combination to be used for a particular application, even if that application changes over time. Support for new services and video formats can be integrated seamlessly through simple software upgrades.

Video processing software from Elemental provides the flexibility, scalability and performance required to transform high quality video into new revenue streams via turnkey, cloud-based and virtualized deployment models. You can learn more about Elemental software-defined video in booth SU2724 at NAB. You can also hear thoughts from Elemental CEO Sam Blackman about the advantages available with content delivery services built upon a software-based platform in this video and read about Elemental’s software-based approach to solving the future of video in this white paper. Finally, learn how solutions from Elemental integrate with the newly announced Ericsson Virtualized Encoding platform that reduces the complexity of video delivery and enables the next generation of TV Anywhere services and applications.

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