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2016

Hello Limelight Connect members. 

 


Q: Will your new HTML5 Player support your Player API?


A: Yes, our new Smart Embed contains the HTML5 Player and supports the Player API functions. The Player API (https://support.limelight.com/public/video/en/Default.htm#Video/Video%20-%20Platform/player_api.htm%3FTocPath%3DAPI%2520Guides) is a powerful suite of player user experience functions, configuration options and events that can be used to control the embedded player from your web page. Easily programmed using JavaScript, this API gives developers countless options for the creation of unique, fully integrated viewing experiences. 

 

Have a question or comment? Add to the conversation by commenting below or emailing me atkweinberger@llnw.com.

 

Keith Weinberger, Limelight’s Director of Product Management, Video, manages the features and roadmap for live streaming video transcoding, video on demand and online video platform products: MMD Live, MMD OD, Video Player and OVP.

Hello Limelight Connect members. 

 

Q: Can I add MediaVault to an existing MMD Live slot?


A: MediaVault is a powerful tool to help you protect your streams from misuse. Adding MediaVault to MMD Live streams is easy, just a click to enable it's done. But, slots must be set up from the start with MediaVault. If you have a slot already set up, just copy your slot and then enable MediaVault in the copy before you save.

 

 

Have a question or comment? Add to the conversation by commenting below or emailing me atkweinberger@llnw.com.

 

Keith Weinberger, Limelight’s Director of Product Management, Video, manages the features and roadmap for live streaming video transcoding, video on demand and online video platform products: MMD Live, MMD OD, Video Player and OVP.

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Safe for the Holidays

Posted by ablanchard Nov 18, 2016

November is a good time to pause and appreciate all the work behind the scenes Limelight customers have done to prepare for the holidays. Anticipating the holiday rush, retail and entertainment customers have worked hard on their websites, re-configuring and adapting them to being an important front door.  Video-on-demand sites have cached and stored multiple copies of the most popular movies.  Game publishers have prepared their multi-cdn configurations for massive traffic flows that begin in November and continue throughout December.   Much of this preparation started back in January-- with account reviews and planning sessions where customers worked with their Limelight rep to identify online trends that would impact their coming year.  

Planning ahead, however, means more than just configuring for friendly online traffic.   Especially for retail, entertainment, and financial sites, there is a real “Grinch” out there in the form of cyber threats, particularly web application and DDoS attacks.   You may recall the original Grinch slithered down chimneys and stole presents, food, and decorations put out for the holidays.  Like the Grinch, a web application attack can sneak in and target customer records, stealing them in minutes or less, then whoosh up the chimney with customer data that has taken all year to collect.  However, unlike the Grinch, Web Application attacks sometimes leave no trace they have stolen from you, and - they can happen all year round.  Data breaches, which occur in almost 40% of web app attacks, are expensive to recover from, plus lead to serious customer churn after the fact.  Research shows that the size and value of data breaches is growing year over year. 

 

That’s why in August, Limelight announced its Web Application Firewall solution (WAF) that can block multiple types of application attacks. It protects against well-known “Grinches” out there, as well as villains specific to your industry.  Limelight’s WAF solution allows you to customize your detection rules to block unique, specific threats.  In addition, our DDoS Attack Interceptor, announced last year, absorbs and scrubs botnet attacks. And here’s the real holiday news: they are both easy to implement and extremely cost effective.

 

Following the August announcement, on November 10, Limelight hosted a webinar: Key Strategies and Best Practices To Proactively Protect Digital Assets and Apps .  You can watch this online for a 5000 ft view of practical steps to protect content, using resources and capabilities that are within easy technical and financial reach of any CDN customer.  Not only does it cover the ability to turn on a Web Application Firewall, it covers existing security suite features in the Limelight CDN that can protect your content and control website access.  For a total summary, read our recently updated whitepaper: Limelight, 10 Ways to Protect Your Digital Content, 2016.

 

“Every Who Down in Who-Ville liked Christmas a lot.  But the Grinch who lived just north of Who-Ville… did NOT”

                                                                                                         from How The Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss

 

Sophisticated, highly interactive websites are what we help customers build and run every day.  But increasingly, our business will be helping those same customers protect all the valuable customer experience data they collect as a function of having a fabulous website.   Read more, and we look forward to planning with you in 2017.

Announcing the New SmartEmbed and New HTML5 Player

We are proud to announce that our latest version of our SmartEmbed is completely rebuilt, with market leading technology and updated features and functionality. In anticipation of modern browsers moving away from browser plugins, and Flash in particular, we have adopted HTML5 playback as the primary way to show video. And, by basing our HTML5 player on open source, we can provide you with ongoing improvements made by the open source community. All this is included in your Limelight service and is available today.

 

"Smart-what?"

As part of the broad set of video solutions we offer here at Limelight, we have always been asked by customers to provide them with a simple way to play back the videos they host and stream with us. Our SmartEmbed is the result of those requests, and it has been a solid performer for video playback in the time when digital video was dominated by desktop browsers.

 

The power of the SmartEmbed is that by placing this simple bit of code on your website, you can offer your visitors a single video or playlist of videos that will work on all browsers and operating systems. The "smarts" lay in the browser and OS detection logic that understands what your visitor is using to view your site, and then pulling down the right player and the right encoding format to give them the best possible viewing experience.

 

Popular browsers are starting to move away from supporting Flash (see my blog post Flash in the Limelight), and Limelight is providing you a way to move with them. The legacy SmartEmbed used the browser's Flash player primarily. Our new SmartEmbed uses no browser plugins and skips Flash altogether. Still intelligent in understanding your visitor's device and OS, now it pulls down our new HTML5 player which has better compatibility with both desktop and mobile browsers. Both legacy and new SmartEmbeds are available in the Media Library so you can plan your transition to fit your schedule.

 

OK, So What's New?

We put in months of effort to ensure the new SmartEmbed and new Player support all the great features you have become accustomed to: Analytics, Ad Playback, Content Restrictions, Channel and Audio Only Playback, Player API, etc.

 

But what's exciting is what's new.

 

Extensibility Through Player Plugins

Not to be confused with browser plugins, Player Plugins are simple javascript code snippets that you add to the HTML5 player to produce new functionality. Do you want display social sharing buttons hovering over the video? How about building your own set of custom hotkeys to control player functions? Or display a call to action after your video finishes? Once you have the new player in place, there's no end to the creativity you can apply to your playback experience using the Player Plugins. Contact your Account Manager for more information on how to play!

 

Better Accessibility Support

Accessibility for hearing and sight impaired is important to Limelight, and critical to certain customers. By leveraging an open source player, we get the advantage of a whole community of developers dedicated to making the player more compliant with current standards. While this is an ongoing effort, our new player gives us a giant leap forward and a path to even better improvements.

 

Multiple Embeds On a Single Page

Under the category of "Boring but Important," we have seen many situations where placing multiple SmartEmbeds on a single page has been confusing and just plain didn’t work. Our new SmartEmbed was built from the ground up to support multiple embeds per page.

 

Focus on Security

The world is moving to SSL, and our new SmartEmbed is ready. The same SmartEmbed can be used on both HTTP and HTTPS pages, and all communications between the player and our backend for media access and analytics is done using HTTPS. In addition, we have added an Opt Out feature to suppress the collection of analytics data, should your local regulations or privacy policy require it.

 

Available Now

There's no time like the present. Go into the Media Library and look for the "Limelight HTML Player" under the Embed Tab. Pull down the embed for a single video or a channel. Put it on your website and give it a go. Then plan your transition to using the new SmartEmbed across all your webpages. Get ready for a better, and smarter, experience.

Hello Limelight Connect members. 

 

Q: Does the Limelight Player support 360 degree videos?

 

A: Yes!

 

Our Limelight SmartEmbed and HTML5 Player V2.0 has the ability for Customers to add their own plugins. Limelight doesn’t endorse or create plugins at this time, but the open architecture of the Player gives Customers the flexibility to use plugins they create or that can be found in the open source community. 

 

For details, contact your Account Manager. 

 

 

Have a question or comment? Add to the conversation by commenting below or emailing me atkweinberger@llnw.com.

 

Keith Weinberger, Limelight’s Director of Product Management, Video, manages the features and roadmap for live streaming video transcoding, video on demand and online video platform products: MMD Live, MMD OD, Video Player and OVP.

Hello, Limelight Connect members.

 

This week we have a question about the Transmux slot type of MMD Live.

 
Q: Do I have to publish all bitrates that I configured to a Transmux slot?
A: Yes. Transmux slots give you the flexibility to define the bitrates you want to publish and the order they will appear in the output chunked streaming manifests. However, if you do not publish all the bitrates that were configured for the Transmux slot, the playback will not function correctly.

  

Have a question or comment? Add to the conversation by commenting below or emailing me atkweinberger@llnw.com.

 

 

Keith Weinberger, Limelight’s Director of Product Management, Video, manages the features and roadmap for live streaming video transcoding, video on demand and online video platform products: MMD Live, MMD OD, Video Player and OVP.

Hello, Limelight Connect members.

 

This week we have a question about file types for MMD On Demand.

 

Q: Can MMD OD take an M4V file as input?
A: MMD OD supports multiple input formats. These include: 


ISMV (Microsoft’s Smooth Streaming)
TS (MPEG Transport Stream)
MP4 (MPEG-4)

 

Also, MMD On Demand supports the H.264 video CODEC and the AAC audio CODEC.

 

Even though M4V files are similar to MP4, MMD OD currently doesn't support the M4V format. You can package an audio only stream in MP4, however, and it will stream perfectly.
 
 

Have a question or comment? Add to the conversation by commenting below or emailing me atkweinberger@llnw.com.

 

 

Keith Weinberger, Limelight’s Director of Product Management, Video, manages the features and roadmap for live streaming video transcoding, video on demand and online video platform products: MMD Live, MMD OD, Video Player and OVP.