31 May 2018

RealEyes Tech Roundup

Week of May 29, 2018

From time to time, RealEyes Media will be sharing a tech roundup of cool products, technologies, and tools we recently learned about and dig. Feel free to reach out to us with questions or share some experiences of your own!

Lora Kulm, Mobile Developer

Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference, introduced so many new things this year, with a continued focus on AI and machine learning. For developers, a big announcement was the conglomeration of the support libraries and architecture components into Android Jetpack. Jetpack takes existing libraries and commonly used Android features, and combines them into one easy-to-use collection that provides guidance for UI, architecture, and features. Also announced was a virtual assistant that calls businesses and schedules appointments for you called Duplex, updates to Assistant and Lens (including a super cool Google Maps integration), and the Android P public beta.

Phil Moss, Senior Developer

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend Streaming Media East in New York City. I had been to Streaming Media conferences before, but this time, I got to speak! There was an all star cast of presenters at this conference, including Google, Wowza, Bitmovin, Verizon, Facebook, Netflix, and many more big time folks. After three days of seeing presentations, I was overloaded with some great information, but my absolute favorites involved low latency video, new ways of live encoding, learning how to analyze objective and subjective video quality from none other than SSIM and Netflix, and, of course, our very own, Jun Heider, who did a great talk on video AI platforms. It was an honor to be involved with this conference, and have the opportunity to share some of the knowledge and experience I’ve gained over the years working with RealEyes. I am looking forward to more just like this.

Paula Gettman, Operations Analyst

JIRA applications from Atlassian are awesome, right? YES, especially IF you know how to use them properly to get the most out of them for your business. One way to go from a JIRA beginner to a JIRA master is with the Expium 3-day Jira Boot Camp, and recently, a coworker and I went on this journey. I say journey because it was over 22 hours of learning about JIRA Software and JIRA Core, starting with the most basic JIRA overview to hands-on workshops configuring workflows, projects, agile boards and more. For me personally, the most complex aspects of the training were the workflows and screen schemes. Luckily, each student has the opportunity to dig deep and explore each of these topics, and others, in what I believe to be the greatest part of the training: the workshops! Getting a chance to actually put what we learned into action was a fantastic way to make sure we retained the information and understood how to best apply it to our RealEyes JIRA instance which is specific to our business goals. Luckily, the training course comes with two expert instructors who answered literally hundreds of questions for us and other students in the class. That being said, shout out to our instructors Johnson Wang @jonccwang and Scott Price! As an online trainee it was nice to have an instructor dedicated solely to us, and Scott did an excellent job.

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03 May 2018

RealEyes Tech Roundup

From time to time, RealEyes Media will be sharing a tech roundup of cool products, technologies, and tools we recently learned about and dig. Feel free to reach out to us with questions or share some experiences of your own!

Jun Heider, Director of Technology

While walking the halls of NAB Summit, I ran into a startup – Valossa – that built its own AI and ML stack to index and analyze video. They have a 300 minute free trial and a top-notch front-end to review the AI analysis that rivals Microsoft’s Video Indexer. You should check them out at http://valossa.com/.

Frances Janz, Quality Assurance Engineer

The QA process involves many activities that, preferably, should be tracked and recorded. Up until now, we’ve been tracking everything via spreadsheets in Google Drive. Requirements change and new features are being added all the time. Unfortunately, spreadsheets are cumbersome, hard to update, and easy to lose track of. Enter the test management system — in our case, PractiTest! PractiTest allows us to import our old test cases straight from Google Drive, break items out into separate steps that can be passed/failed individually (so we know exactly what part of a test failed), run reports that can be shared with our clients on all of our testing efforts, track everything we’ve done recently in handy charts, and create Jira bugs straight from our test screen. The last feature automatically includes the test steps and results in the bug report, so the devs know exactly how to reproduce it. No more cross-team confusion!

Marcy Nugent, DevOps Engineer

Instead of using a WordPress or Joomla system that does a thousand things halfway, Ponzu does the pure Content Management with exactly the functions needed for editors and contributors. The code comes with generators for quick developer iterations to easily format how the articles/content/posts/etc. are added, and Ops doesn’t have to manage a heavy server system with tons of individual components to update and manage. With two shell commands, a blog entry system can look like the below:


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01 Apr 2018

Announcing Thrift Shop Streaming

Your Past is Our Future

Short on cash but long on inspiration for your media community? RealEyes Media is pleased to announce the next big thing for budget streaming: Thrift Shop Streaming as a Service!

How it Works

Using our proprietary VHS to 4K HLS transcoding system VHLS™, get ready to stream your weird library of 10¢secondhand VHS tapes to the world!

Insert our extra-fancy VHLS™ video player to your Geocities, MySpace, or Xenga page to wow hundreds of your friends, and watch those :poop: ripple through your comments. It even works on mobile, so your friends can scatter :poop: from anywhere!

The Revolutions Start Now

Not sold yet? Check out all these Features:

  • 4k Upconverting for Static Lines

  • Monetize your stream with retro ad insertion

  • Auto-rewind plugin included (hardware available wherever lesser goods are sold)

  • Auto-unspools the VHS periodically to maintain realism, and continuously delivers to the nearest Interstate median once completely unrolled *Note: This feature cannot be disabled
  • Batteries not included


Contact us via fax at 1-888-VHS4YOU, and write the coupon code #aprilfools2018 in a purple sparkly gel pen to receive BIG discounts! Broken printers are standing by.


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