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Medialooks blog

Latest news and announcements from the Medialooks team

New signaling server and SimpleWebRTC integration

We've made some notable improvements to our native WebRTC implementation on Windows. Learn more...

WebRTC news and roadmap

It looks like WebRTC is actually gaining traction with our customers. Very briefly, they see it as a more reliable alternative to UDP for transferring video over the Internet. I thought that it would be a good idea to share with you what we are working on in a separate post. Learn more...

Medialooks adds support for I/O manufacturer DekTec

Broadcast Asia 2016, Singapore - June 1, 2016 - Medialooks today announced official support for Dutch I/O hardware manufacturer DekTec. Learn more...

Medialooks adds support for I/O manufacturer Magewell

Broadcast Asia 2016, Singapore - May 31, 2016 - Medialooks today announced official support for Chinese I/O manufacturer Magewell. Learn more...

Apple deprecates QuickTime for Windows; known vulnerabilities will never be patched

Trend Micro reports "two critical vulnerabilities affecting QuickTime for Windows", and - since Apple will no longer be issuing updates for the product - recommends removing it from computers as soon as possible. Learn more...

Medialooks adds playout support for Stream Labs cards

NAB 2016, Las Vegas, United States - April 18, 2016 - Medialooks today announced official support for two new boards by hardware manufacturer Stream Labs: the Alpha HD and the MSP2. This is the first time Stream Labs boards are supported for output (previously only ingest was supported via the popular MH4LM). Learn more...

Our customers at NAB 2016

Our recent involvement in NewTek's NDI initiative has led to Medialooks exhibiting at the StudioXperience booth (SL2425). But this is just a small kiosk. Our real representation is by 20 customers, who use our technology in their products. We are proud to list them here. Learn more...

DeckLink Quad 2: quick test and first impressions

The original DeckLink Quad was announced in 2011 at NAB as "4 separate DeckLink capture cards" that plug into just one PCIe slot. Four years later, at IBC 2015, Blackmagic Design announced Quad 2 - a "capture and playback solution that puts the power of 8 DeckLink cards onto a single circuit board". Well, finally the new board is in our lab and we can put it through some initial tests. Learn more...

Reserve a Medialooks demo at NAB 2016

Medialooks will be exhibiting at the StudioXperience Create Zone (booth #SL2425). We can help you be better or more efficient at developing broadcast software. Reserve your demo today to get the most of your consultation: Learn more...

Showing off NewTek NDI and WebRTC at NAB 2016

At this year's NAB we'll be part of the StudioXperience booth (SL2425) at NAB 2016. You will find us at the "Create Zone" (not the "NDI Zone") just opposite the studio area. Our software will be receiving a live input from the TriCasters via NDI, and we will be demonstrating what you can do with it with the help of our SDKs. Make sure to reserve your demo in advance here to get the most of your consultation. Learn more...

Medialooks adds NewTek NDI support to MFormats SDK

CABSAT 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - March 8, 2016 - Medialooks, maker of professional software development kits for the broadcast and digital signage markets, today announced an MFormats SDK version with support for NewTek’s Network Device Interface (NDI™) protocol, an open standard for live IP workflows over Ethernet networks. Learn more...

New MFS filter: improved seeking quality, faster M-JPEG decoding and MPEG-DASH playback

Please welcome the new release of the Multi-Format Source DirectShow filter - our all-in-one video decoding filter based on the powerful MFormats SDK. Learn more...

MPlatform SDK adds new WebRTC use cases, extended statistics and more

This new MPlatform release features a bunch of improvements, including the implementation of several WebRTC use cases. We have published a press release about WebRTC here at ISE 2016. Learn more...

Medialooks brings WebRTC to the professional video market

ISE 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands - February 9, 2016 - Medialooks today announced that several WebRTC-based use cases are now available in its broadcast application development framework, MPlatform SDK. Learn more...

Events in 2016

Here's where we plan to be in 2016! Learn more...

WebRTC in a native desktop Windows application

A new streaming option, WebRTC, is now available in Medialooks SDKs. In this post we try to explain why WebRTC can be useful in a native Windows application and suggest a few possible use cases. Learn more...

Need help prepping quality content

Today businesses spend more and more time preparing quality content vs. spending their budget on advertising. We've also realised this at Medialooks, but we haven't approached this problem properly yet. Learn more...

An overview of WebRTC

WebRTC is a relatively new streaming technology that provides a scalable low-latency way of transmitting audio, video and data between browsers, desktop applications and mobile devices. Here's a few thoughts about the technology itself for your consideration. Learn more...

A faster way to have those bugs fixed

Every non-beta release of our software goes through a testing process - both automated and manual. However, due to the obvious variety and complexity of our customers' use cases, problems still happen. Unfortunately, there's no magical "Fix it" button, so every problem has to go through certain steps before we can fix it. Learn more...

Medialooks at IBC2015

Thanks everyone for meeting with us at IBC2015! We hope the show's been beneficial for both exhibitors and just visitors. Below please find the roadmap that has been inspired by the expo. Learn more...

Medialooks shows VRec - a multi-channel video recording solution - at IBC2015

Amsterdam, Netherlands - September 12, 2015 - Medialooks is demonstrating a new version of VRec, the multi-channel video capture application, at the Stream Labs booth (7.G47). Learn more...

Medialooks adds integration with Bluefish444

Amsterdam, Netherlands - September 11, 2015 - Medialooks today announced a new version of MFormats SDK with support for capture and playout boards by Australian company Bluefish444 (booth 7.J07 at IBC2015), a manufacturer of uncompressed SDI video I/O cards used in professional applications within the broadcast and post production industries. Learn more...

Why am I being charged VAT when paying through Share-it?

Share-it is an e-commerce solution by Digital River for buying software over the Internet. According to the rules of the European Commission, suppliers of any telecommunications, broadcasting and electronic services are obliged to charge VAT on such services when selling to consumers in the EU. Learn more...

A special offer from Stream Labs

Stream Labs designs and manufactures interesting cost-effective ingest boards with dual analogue and digital inputs. Their boards are seamlessly integrated with MFormats SDK, MPlatform SDK and Direct Take. Learn more...

Events in 2015

This is the list of currently planned events for 2015. Learn more...

Medialooks at NAB Show 2015 (April 13-16, 2015)

We are looking forward to meeting you at this year's NAB Show in Las Vegas. Learn more...

MFormats SDK adds AJA integration and H.265 support via NVENC

This post covers the most important changes recently made to MFormats SDK, our innovative multimedia framework, and now available with version 1.0.2.4452. The full list of changes can be found in the Release notes. Learn more...

Medialooks at CABSAT 2015

CABSAT in Dubai turned out to be great. We ran into quite a number of our customers exhibiting Medialooks-based products and had some very good meetings. Learn more...

Direct Take goes premium, perfects synchronized multi-channel video recording use case

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - March 11, 2015 - Medialooks today has announced a premium version of its multi-channel video capture application, Direct Take. Learn more...

MFormats SDK as a game recording library for developers

The addition of GPU-powered H.264 encoding via Nvidia's NVENC and Intel's Quick Sync has opened up a new market for Medialooks' MFormats SDK. Learn more...

Choosing the right video SDK: MPlatform vs. MFormats

MPlatform SDK and MFormats SDK are both great software toolkits for video development. However, they target different customer segments and are far from being similar. This post helps understand both products and decide, which one is best for your project. Learn more...

Nvidia's NVENC hardware H.264 video encoder

MPlatform's encoding pack - Encoder lib - now features built-in encoding via NVENC, Nvidia's truly hardware H.264 video encoder based on a semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) core. This codec is now also available as one of the add-ons for MFormats SDK. Learn more...

Our value proposition to hardware manufacturers

Hardware vendors are an important part of our business model. We trust that our vendors will provide reliable and cost-effective capture and playout solutions to our customers. Without vendors our products and expertise would not appeal to specific customer segments. Learn more...

Our customer surveys

We have gotten into the habit of running surveys for our customers to understand better where we can improve our product and operations. Here's the list of currently open surveys. Learn more...

Medialooks announces MFormats SDK, a new multimedia API for Windows developers

Amsterdam, Netherlands - September 12, 2014 - Medialooks today announced the first beta release of MFormats SDK, the company's new video API for Windows developers. Learn more...

MFormats SDK: a new audio/video API for Windows developers

MFormats SDK is our low-level API for the multimedia developer. We believe it fits all kinds of generic or specialised audio and video tasks in areas like broadcasting, security, medicine, sports, education, design, etc. Learn more...

Meet Medialooks at IBC2014

Our team will be there for you at IBC2014 in Amsterdam (12-16 September 2014). Reach out if you want to meet our engineers for technical conversations, provide feedback and learn about our plans. Learn more...

Playout automation, 24/7 ingest, virtual studios and other use cases of MPlatform SDK

This post is an overview of the most popular use cases of MPlatform SDK and other components in the product line. We recommend it as an introduction for users who are only beginning to explore MPlatform and its capabilities. BTW, if you've already tried MPlatform and already have an opinion, please spend 3 minutes to take this short customer survey for us. Thanks! Learn more...

Licensing FAQ

This post covers some of the licensing questions often asked by customers. More details and more formal language can be found in our License Agreement. Learn more...

MComposer adds .3ds support: improves virtual studio use case

MComposer can now import 3D scenes from Autodesk 3ds Max, which is great for the virtual studio use case. We have recordered a short video that uses a 3D scene kindly provided by our customer April Broadcast: Learn more...

Closed captions support in MPlatform

With its most recent update, MPlatform supports capturing of CEA-608 (analogue) and CEA-708 (digital) closed captions - in addition to playback, which has been available with Closed Captions lib earlier. Learn more...

First version of visual CG editor

The most common feedback we get from customers with regards to our character generator is "it is too complex". Indeed, although our XML description may be the simplest in the world (which is what our developers think), most users would like to work with a visual editor. Here's a quick video that shows what it looks like in the first version. Learn more...

We are looking for a C++ software developer

We are not moving quick enough. Our backlog is growing. Customers are not getting their updates fast enough. To fix this, we are hiring a C++ software developer. Learn more...

Medialooks Direct Take: our new capture & playback app

We've released a new multi-channel video capture application for Windows folks who need to record video from live sources and do basic playout with the help of a simple playlist. The app is available as a free download starting today and features our character generator as an optional plugin. Learn more...

UltraStudio 4K review

Blackmagic Design announced the first UltraStudio 4K model at IBC in 2012. In October 2013 they released an upgraded version, claiming it to be "the world's first video solution to include super-fast Thunderbolt 2 technology". Learn more...

NAB Show 2014 meetups and highlights

I will be available for meetings in Las Vegas during the days of the expo (April 7-10, 2014). I will also spend a day in LA on the 11th to meet with a customer and then will travel to Alexandria, VA to see an old friend of mine. Learn more...

Nacsport customer story

Alberto Rodríguez González is the founder and lead video developer of Nacsport - a company that makes sports performance analysis software. I reached out for some feedback on the Multi-Format Source filter, that they had licensed recently, but we lost focus and talked about all sorts of things. Learn more...

Join our team! We are hiring an account manager (closed)

Account managers at Medialooks are the ones who are most in touch with customers. Technical people talk to customers all the time, and it is a big part of our products' value, but it is the account manager who actually makes sure that our products work. It is the account manager who walks up to the technical team and explains why the customer is important and makes sure situations are resolved quickly. Learn more...

Deyan Automation customer story

I first met Dejan Sekan during a workshop we held in Cyprus in 2011. Customers? In Limassol? I thought there were only tourists, most of them Russian. Nevertheless we met in a real office, in a nice conference room. Deyan Automation has been serving broadcast clients worldwide since 2003. I recently talked to Dejan, the company's founder and chief engineer, about his company and its products. Learn more...

MPlatform 1.5.0.2755 (beta) release highlights

A new beta version of MPlatform is available for download: 64-bit support, chroma key improvements, CUDA H.264 encoder and VANC data handling. Learn more...

64-bit release of MPlatform and plans for other products

We'll be uploading a 64-bit version of MPlatform SDK this week. I'll explain what this means in this post. Plus, I will share our 64-bit roadmap for other things we've got. Learn more...

Medialooks roadmap for 2014

This is our public roadmap for the foreseeable future. We'll be posting it here so that you can get an idea about what we are busy with. Learn more...

MPlatform used with the Stream Labs MH4LM: two customer stories

After an intense period of close collaboration, we now have 2 customers using MPlatform with I/O hardware from Russian company Stream Labs. These companies are: April Broadcast from India and Rushworks from the U.S. I am excited to share some information about their products in this post. Learn more...

Using LGPL in commercial software

Some of our products now make use of LGPL builds of FFmpeg - primarily for splitting, wrapping, decoding and encoding of various file formats and compression standards. Notably, this applies to our new Multi-Format Source DirectShow filter, MFormats SDK and to these add-ons for MPlatform: Decoder lib and Encoder lib. This post explains in detail how to comply with LGPL if you are using any of these components. Learn more...

New Multi-Format Source DirectShow filter

We have just released our new multi-format DirectShow decoder (click here to download) - a combined reader, splitter and decoder that uses a combination of FFmpeg and our proprietary technology to play out most of the available file formats. The filter uses LGPL builds of FFmpeg, is available for commercial licensing and can be used in commercial applications. Learn more...

MPlatform 1.4.0.34 release highlights

A new version of MPlatform is now available for download. Most notable improvements: Learn more...

New multi-format reader filter to be released next week!

Several years ago, when we were primarily into DirectShow filters, our most successful product was the QuickTime DirectShow Source - a file reader filter, that interfaced with the native QuickTime API and output uncompressed video frames and sound. It was something any software component for devs should be - simple, with a short and clear API, and fully implementing a specific, final functionality. Learn more...

MPlatform 1.4.0.26 release highlights

A new version of MPlatform is now live and available for [download]. Major improvements in this release: Learn more...

MComposer: the new video mixing & graphics engine

The latest release of MPlatform features a new technology - MComposer. Learn more...

MPlatform product structure

The latest MPlatform release (1.2.1.30) is full of great features, but before we talk about them, here's some important information. Learn more...

MPlatform Red Carpet program

MPlatform is our new SDK, that makes it dramatically easy to build broadcast software. Learn more...
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