We are very proud to announce the release of Miro 6.0, which has some dramatic performance improvements. You should update today!
The new Miro 6 is all about one thing: speed! We’ve just released it and it contains big speed improvements for launching Miro, navigating, downloading, etc.
We have finally got flash support for our community of linux users, and have some other good tweaks and fixes as well.
See for yourself! Download Miro 6 Now
We have posted our first set of release candidate builds for Miro 6, our next release that’s all about faster performance.
We love to hear what you think in our support forums.
For translators: there were a few string changes for this release. If you want to help update the Miro translations, there is more information in the support forum section for translators.
As always – we appreciate your help and feedback.
For those with custom themes - you can read up on how working with themes works here.
There is also some important information regarding upcoming changes to themes so that you can prepare ahead of time.
We’ve started migrating sites over to Miro Community 1.10. Each site may go down for up to 10 minutes as it’s migrated. MC 1.10 features improved thumbnail loading and a number of fixes to feed imports and video submissions. For max sites, there are also some changes to making and uploading custom themes - more info on that coming soon.
Heads up folks! Spread the word!
Open Video Sprint London #ovforum
April 18-20, 2013
Course, xm:lab report, Blog post
The workshop / course sprint facilitated by Mick Fuzz from FLOSS Manuals is part of the international Open Video series launched with the Open Video Forum in 2012. The current version of the course, created at a Berlin sprint last year, is part of the School of Open,a collaboration between Creative Commons and P2P University.
Our goal is to produce an introductory course for open video in the areas of end-user technologies (viewing, encoding, editing, subtitling etc) and developer tools (transcoding, web applications, developing for mobile devices).
This course will be published as an OER (open educational resource). It will promoted specifically as part of the Mokolo project supporting film and developer networks in Africa, for example the recent Open Video Sudan event.
As the course is openly licensed it will be available for widespread use.
Location: London MS Stubnitz ship
Date: 18-20th April 2013
We are looking for people swimming in the sea of free software / open source tools, open video frameworks and creating innovative learning. Desirable skills include one or more of the following:
* Knowledge of open video for end user technologies or software development
* Writing skills in the area of open educational resources
* Experience in delivering workshops
* Connections to relevant networks to disseminate our work
If you are getting this email then we think this sounds like you. Would you be interested in attending? Please get back to us if you think you may be able to attend and we will inform you about the process and logistics of this course sprint.
What’s in it for You:
* We’ll cover accommodation, meals, and have a small budget to include travel expenses (so lets us know if you need support asap, we’ll see what we can do)
* We can offer small contributor stipends, depending on how long you can stay
* You get to be part of an ongoing effort to bring more people (especially from newer netcultures) into free software / open source debates around visual media via the creation of open educational resources (courses will be translated)
* You will leave with a set of resources to deliver workshops on open video and lots of new subject knowledge
* P2p education is perhaps the most significant change in the way (higher) education is organized – let’s make it work
A course sprint is a way of rapidly creating and testing teaching resources. It is based on the work of Adam Hyde on Book Sprints and is one of FLOSS Manuals tools of rapid, collaborative content creation. Course sprints are a space for participants to learn from each other, find synergies in our knowledge, and in the process, create innovative online learning resources.
We will use the Book Type software to immediately print materials from our online workspace at the end of the sprint.
MS Stubniz is a mobile location for performance, arts, music and other odd stuff.
This is the last month that the ship is moored in London, why not take advantage of this opportunity to check it out before the boat sails.
Sat 20th of April see Exploding Cinema event also taking place on MS Stubniz – “a spray of DIY film, projection mapping, installation, performance and video echo location”. For more info and call for work : film, performance and music”.
If you are unable to attend but want to input to the process via remote collaboration or keep up to date of the outcomes please do:
* subscribe to the low-traffic Mokolo video list
* follow the #ovforum hashtag and @xmlabs_news account
xm:lab (Jan Tretschok, Soenke Zehle)
FLOSS Manuals (Mick Fuzz)
Deckspace (James Stevens, Adnan Hadzi)
We have posted our first set of BETA builds for the upcoming Miro-6.0 release:
We would really appreciate it if you could download the builds and try them out.
The focus of this release has been on performance enhancements; making tab switching and start up times measurably faster. We’ve improved playback when switching through the tabs and have included a slew of other bug fixes.
Thanks for your time.
We are very proud to launch a major new Amara.org feature– free crowd subtitling for every personal YouTube user! Want to make your videos accessible to people around the world who speak a different language? Want deaf and hard of hearing users to be able to watch? Just connect your YouTube account to Amara and invite your viewers to help. Whenever subtitles get created, they will be synced directly to your YouTube channel. It takes about 10 seconds to connect your YouTube account.
Unless you speak every language in the world, you need your viewers help to translate the video in their language and help get you more viewers. Any moderately popular YouTube video will get lots of viewer subtitling help.
Amara’s volunteer community is getting big– some Khan Academy videos on Amara are translated into more than 40 languages! Want to watch Gangam Style in Esperanto? Amara has it. Twitter uses Amara to subtitle their product launch videos (click the ‘cc’ in the player), Netflix uses Amara to subtitle movies and tv shows, and TED Talks has more than 11,000 volunteers in their Amara translation community. If you post any videos on YouTube, this is how you can help the world to watch!
Connect your YouTube channel to Amara right here.
We’re excited to share with you the infrastructure upgrades, as well as the new team dashboard and user profiles. We have some under-the-hood improvements around the corner that will make way for the new editor and streamlined workflow system.
New team landing page will direct users towards tasks (or untranslated/uncaptioned videos, if workflows are off), based on their personal language settings. Shows user’s active tasks at top, and will generally help people find relevant subtitling jobs for any team, even if most of the recent videos have been subtitled.
Basic sites will be migrated to 1.9 over the course of the next week.
We’re expecting under 30 minutes of downtime for each site while it migrates.
Update: We’re expecting under 5 minutes of downtime for each site while it migrates.
We at the Participatory Culture Foundation are so proud to announce a completely updated version of Miro Video Converter. We have acted on your requests and the latest release adds some amazing new features such as:
And it’s all wrapped up in an incredible new UI!
Keeping with the original simplicity of Miro Video Converter that has made it popular with all of our users, the updated Miro Video Converter comes with a great new look.
Just drag and drop or browse to your list of video files.
Choose your output device or format.
Click the Convert button.
It’s that easy!
Because some MC servers are located in Virginia, there is a chance that they will be affected by Hurricane Sandy, which may impact service. So far this has not been the case, and since Virginia is on the outskirts of the hurricane, it will hopefully continue to be the case.
Following a reboot of our databases, the search functionality of MC.org is down. It should recover over the course of the next few hours. We will continue to monitor the situation.
1:42 PDT: Search shards are about 50% recovered. Sites may still experience missing videos as the remaining shards come online.
1:42 PDT 10/19/2012: Apparently this is a good time of day for updates. One of our search servers came back online with no issues; the other had to be restarted. Both are now fully online. Let us know if you’re still seeing unexpected behavior.
Version 1.9 of the Miro Community platform was released at the beginning of September. New sites started being created with 1.9 immediately, but old sites continued to run version 1.8.
Now the time has come to move over to 1.9. This release fixes a number of bugs, but it does also introduce some significant changes. For example:
Basic sites will be automatically migrated over the next few weeks; once all basic sites have been moved, we’ll start moving over paid sites. If you want your site (paid or not) to be moved earlier than that, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, please report any issues you experience during the transition to email@example.com.
Go Team!! Miro 5.0.2 is released and contains a few important bug fixes. And just in time too!
As someone who doesn’t own a TV, I was a bit dismayed once I started researching my options for watching the Olympics this year. I had no problem driving to town to watch some key matches of the Euro 2012, but the Olympics are non-stop events that go on for weeks.
There are numerous posts detailing the requirements for the NBC Olympic coverage which are not super helpful if you don’t live in the USA.
However digging a bit further I found the Eurovisionsports stream and some podcasts to keep me up to date on all the action and commentary.
For your viewing pleasure – I put together an OPML file of some key websites for streaming, an events schedule and some podcasts so that you don’t miss any of the action or features.
Once Miro is running from the Sidebar menu, choose Import Podcasts (OPML),
browse to the downloaded OPML file. The website and podcasts will be added to your sidebar. Enjoy!
We are in the process of putting together a Miro 5.0.2 release that includes a few bug fixes; one of those requires updates to the translated strings.
Chimel, who works on the French localization has posted a nice summary of the changes.
Following this weekend’s outage, we’re taking steps to avoid a similar situation in the future - namely, we’re moving miro community’s servers into multiple amazon availability zones, so that the world will need more than one strong storm to take us down.
13:03 PDT: Miro community servers are down. We are looking into the issue and will post here when we have more details.
Update 13:30 PDT: The outage is caused by problems with the Amazon EC2 service we host our servers on. Static services are still available. The servers are expected to come back online once the EC2 outage ends.
Update 21:29 PDT: Servers are back up, but you may see some small configuration changes. If you see anything that seems wrong, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foundations of Open Media Software developer conference (“FOMS”) will take place in Paris on September 3-4, 2012.
This is the first time in its history that FOMS will take place in Europe, after 2 years in New York and 4 years in Australia/New Zealand.
FOMS has been a part of the Open Video Conference OVC in the past two years. It is an important meeting point for open media developers building out the web multimedia stack.
If not for FFMpeg, VLC, Xiph, Blender, GStreamer and similar projects, publishing audio and video would be much more expensive, restrictive, and difficult. Developers of these and other open source projects are building the foundations for our essential communications infrastructure.
Over the last year, huge progress has been made in open source media software, codecs and open standards for media, in particular around
HTML5. FOMS provides a unique environment where web developers, browser vendors and open source media software developers meet and
discuss open media platforms.
This year, FOMS takes place in conjunction with the VideoLAN Developer Days to open access to an even broader range of open source
The FOMS 2012 call for proposals is now open. If you would like to see a particular topic discussed at FOMS, you should prepare a submission. A submission contains a title for a discussion topic, and a brief session description.
Please submit your registration and potential session ideas here.
If you are already enjoying all the enhancements for device syncing and music support that we brought to you in Miro 4, then just wait until you get your music on Miro 5.
The latest release of Miro will allow you to clean up your music collection by changing titles like Track 01 to their real title with a single click! Unknown Artists are replaced with the actual name. Browsing your collection is vibrant and organized in the new Album/Artist view.
If you are tired of listening to the same old tracks on your device, it’s time to freshen it all up with Miro 5.
We’ve added eMusic to the Stores section, so you can sample and buy, and keep it all organized in your Miro music library.
There are new options added to device syncing. You can sync automatically when you connect your device. Choose to have Miro fill a percentage of your available space with an assortment of music and podcasts based your preferences with the new Auto Fill option.
And don’t forget the conversions. We have updated to the latest and greatest from ffmpeg to convert any media file to apple, android, KindleFire and web-friendly formats.
If you love your internet video, on Miro, it has just gotten better. We’ve added support for HD downloads from Vimeo. We’ve upgraded libtorrent. On Windows, we have updated everything on the backend, bringing a cleaner UI, better browsing, and clearer, sharper playback.
Along with the new release, we’ve moved Miro’s Support and Forums to a new platform to help us help you, and to assist you in helping yourselves and others. Have a question, or maybe some answers? Join in to discuss Miro here.
Miro 5 is the media player you need to share with your friends. If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for?
Miro Community’s servers have been upgraded to use version 1.8.2 of the code, which:
… and more! This is the last micro release for 1.8; the next release, 1.9, is planned for mid-May. The main noticeable change here will be a new default theme. It’s still being developed, but we already love it and can’t wait to get it out to all of you!
Thanks to all the users who downloaded release candidate 1 and provided feedback. We’ve fixed up the bugs that you found and few more that we found, and we are ready for you to check out RC2.
One of the great new features coming in Miro 5 is the ability to look up song information and album art. Here’s a blog post that explains how it all works. We encourage everyone to try it out and let us know how it goes.
You can also help with testing and translations.
Thanks to everyone who’s helped us get this far!
If Miro is upgraded from a version earlier than Miro 5.0. The first time the Music tab is clicked, a dialog asks to use the song info look up.
When installing Miro for the first time: an option to turn on look up is provided in the Music Settings screen of the first time start up dialog.
The Preferences Panel General tab controls turning metadata look up on and off for all audio files or for newly added music files.
To toggle the use of Echonest data for one or a few items:
To toggle the use of echonest data for one or a few items:
Over the past few months, we’ve been growing very fast. It’s been exciting: more videos, more subtitles, more volunteers. We’ve been seeing an increase in remarkable viral moments, like the (controversial) KONY 2012 video being translated into 37 languages on our platform in less than a week.
And we’re hearing from more and more video publishers that want to launch volunteer communities, as PBS Newshour recently did (you can join their team here!).
For a few important reasons, ‘Universal Subtitles’ is no longer the best name for us. As our community grows and our platform expands, we need a name that’s less specific (what if someday we add functionality that’s not just for subtitles?) and that really captures the sense of community that we’re hoping to build– as a non-profit with a social mission, we are certainly not a typical web startup. Changing a name is hard, but we’ve found a new name that feels right.
And that new name… is Amara. The word ‘Amara’ means several things– it’s a form of the Spanish verb amar, ‘to love’ and it means ‘eternal’ in Sanskrit. We like these meanings and others.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be making the biggest announcements we’ve ever had, and with those, what started as Universal Subtitles will be transitioning to the name Amara. Our URL won’t change at first — it’s a big project that we want to undertake carefully — but ‘Amara’ will start to replace ‘Universal Subtitles’ throughout our site and in our announcements.
We’re encouraged by the community developing around Amara. If you’re excited by the idea of making video accessible to those who are hard of hearing and to audiences around the world in any language, just add a video URL to start subtitling or translating now.
With online video revolutionizing so many aspects of our lives, improving the ways we communicate, educate, collaborate and even buy and sell, this the right time to get up to speed with what’s possible using today’s technology and help shape the technology of tomorrow, making video higher quality, faster to stream and easier to create. Join us this year at DevConnect, a full-day conference taking place in NYC in April 2nd , bringing together web & mobile developers, video experts and content makers who care about the future of web video. This year, we have a great line-up of speakers featuring luminaries from Disney, Avid, Internet Broadcasting, Cognizant, Remote Learner, Paypal, eBay, Sencha and more.
Join us in these insightful sessions and many more sessions and hands-on workshops, shaping the future of online video – Check out the agenda at: http://devconnect.kaltura.org/agenda
The first 25 readers to register get a FREE ticket!
And if you’re too late, we have a special $100 discount for OVA friends at:
Test this release. See the detailed instructions on the miro testing blog post.
To help translate, see the translation guide.
1. Song information and Album art lookup
Clean up your music collection by automatically looking up
the Artist, correct title, and album name and artwork among other thing.
2. Album View
A clean view to group together all your songs by Album and Artist. Also a simplified way to view video items by kind (Movies, Clips, Podcasts…)
3. Faster Device Syncing and Conversions
We’ve added a Quick fill option to get your music onto your device fast! Automatic syncing, options to convert only when necessary, and updates to the ffmpeg binaries.
4. eMusic in the Stores section
Purchase music from eMusic and add it straight to your library.
5. Download HD videos from Vimeo feeds
When available, you can now download HD quality videos from Vimeo podcasts.
6. Massive updates to the Windows backend
From playback to gui display to libtorrent, everything is updated and upgraded.
You can download them here:
Guest post by Timothy Vollmer, Creative Commons
Khan Academy has been killing it. The popular video education website now contains over 3,000 educational videos, with topics ranging from basic algebra to 17th century baroque painting. The Khan Academy videos are made available on their website under an open license which allows users to not only view the videos, but also incorporate the video in their websites and remix the videos for their customized educational needs. Khan has delivered almost 130 million of these video lessons to hungry learners online. The Khan Academy videos are Open Educational Resources–OER for short.
Open Educational Resources are free to use and always permit users to engage in the “4Rs”: they can revise, reuse, remix, and redistribute the OER. Online, these automatic permissions are super useful because they save teachers, students, and self learners the time, money, and effort of having to track down the owner and ask their permission to use the learning resource. Open Educational Resources have been around now for over 10 years. You may have heard of some big OER projects such as MIT OpenCourseWare or CK-12 open textbooks. Most Open Educational Resources are licensed under Creative Commons licenses.
The problem with OER is that not that many people know about them. So, Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Institute have teamed up to host the Why Open Education Matters video competition. We want people to create short videos that explains the benefits and promise of Open Educational Resources for teachers, students and schools everywhere. Even U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is a champion of OER, and recorded a short video that introduces the contest. The first prize winner will be awarded $25,000, and we’ve lined up some great judges, including Nina Paley, Davis Guggenheim, and James Franco. Please jump in and share your creative video-making skills to explain and promote OER.
Submissions are due by June 5, 2012 on http://whyopenedmatters.org. We’re eating our own dog food too–any video that is submitted must be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license so that it can be freely used and shared by anyone to help explain Open Educational Resources. Roll camera!
We have moved to a new search engine to resolve issues with sorting on listing pages and to resolve some intermittent server errors on search index access. While we reindex your site content, there will be a period when the listing pages are blank. This will resolve itself.
Following the 1.8 upgrade, we have been experiencing intermittent outages due to unexpected server loads. We are working to correct the issue.
The update to 1.8 is complete! You may notice that certain video listing pages are blank; this is a temporary situation caused by some changes made in this upgrade; it will resolve itself. If you are still experiencing this issue in a day or so, let us know at support[at]mirocommunity.org.
The biggest change that you’ll see is that adding feeds in the admin is now asynchronous. You will be able to add a feed, then continue working in the admin while the feed imports in the backend. This release also resolves issues with long-running feeds timing out, piling up, or blocking the progress of other feeds.
There have also been a number of non-user-facing improvements, especially related to making it easier for interested developers and community members to contribute to Miro Community. If you want to learn more, you can check out the code on github.
We’re planning (and have been working on) a major overhaul of the admin to provide a smoother, cleaner user experience. Though these changes were originally slated for this release, we’ve pushed it back so that we can give you the feed import improvements sooner and so that we can focus on really polishing every angle of the admin improvements.
The next release will also feature an overhaul of the default Miro Community theme, changes to how custom themes are made, and improved documentation of how to make a custom theme. The next release will maintain backwards-compatibility for current custom themes, but we are planning to deprecate some aspects of how custom themes are currently set up so that we can provide better theming options in the future. This deprecation will take place over multiple releases in order to allow sites with custom themes to adjust to the changes.
If you have any questions or comments, contact questions[at]mirocommunity.org. We look forward to continuing to improve the service that we provide!