Over the last 5 years, I’ve been speaking about WIREWAX at more events than I can remember; Brightcove PLAY, NYTM, WIRED, SXSW to name but a few, but the ones that always stick in my mind are those organized by the great people over at Decoded Fashion.
Those of you with rose tinted sunglasses may not have noticed the rose pink announcement bar at the top of the website for the last week. It’s been alerting the world to the first interactive 360º video for Berlin Station.
Last year we launched the biggest update to the WIREWAX platform; a multi-page, end-to-end management and authoring environment that maximized the browser real estate, improved video management and made a shift to a fully HTML5 power tool.
It's been a few years since the WIREWAX player has seen a refresh. The incumbent player was designed to cater for big changes in the accessibility of interactive video across devices and at the cusp of mass mobile adoption.
As you know, last year we launched the biggest overhaul of the WIREWAX tool in its history with a major rebuild of the Studio; a responsive, feature-rich dashboard with better design and an intuitive user experience.
We're now going to extend this to create the ability to switch between different renditions of the video on demand, and then to record how long each cluster takes to download and aggregate to estimate the download rate compared to the bitrate of the upcoming clusters.
Previously we explained how to build a basic Media Source Extension HTML5 player which downloads a complete WebM video file and places it into the Media Source buffer. To create an adaptive streaming player we need to be able to select specific parts of a video to download and place into the buffer.
We're going to outline how you build a basic Media Source Extension HTML5 Player, with the end-result being a clustered playback able to switch the video rendition on-the-fly without interrupting playback, in response to degraded network traffic.
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