Dear latakoo users – The latakoo team took a major step Tuesday morning , July 21, 2015, by beginning the transition to a new administration system. Hopefully, the main thing you noticed was that some of the colors changed slightly … Continue reading
We’re pleased to announce the immediate release of the latest version of our Flight application for Windows and Mac computers. Click here to download.
Because this release contains a large number of fixes and workflow improvements, we recommend that you upgrade as soon as possible, from all previous versions. Downloads, uploads on poor Internet connections, handling of filenames with non-Latin character sets, and audio synching are all significantly improved. Windows users will see improved transcoding to DV 25 and DV 50 formats. Finally, we fixed an issue with uploading certain kinds of XDCAM MXF files.
We’ve also added the ability to transcode between resolutions. That means that if you’ve uploaded an HD video clip, but need it in an SD format, you can download it straight from the website. We’ll handle the formatting for you, so you can get editing faster.
It’s nice to get a mention in The Sparefoot Blog. And, congratulations to Sparefoot on the “best places to work” status. The Austin based startup is making noise in a lot of ways these days. Sparefoot is the HomeAway for storage units and they just made it on a list of best places to work – a list that specifically considered only young companies.
In 2010, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) opened their New Venture Incubator to sponsor research and development in their labs, expand incubation activities that build regional commercialization, and partner with growing businesses. Dozens of startups are part of this system, including latakoo. As one of these companies currently in the New Venture Incubator, latakoo has received investment from the UT System Horizon Fund to aid in the development of the company. This investment is aiding further development of data compression and encryption technology for use in video applications that latakoo is known for, and continues to fund development in faculty labs.
Despite a slowing economy, UT and UTSA continue to keep their research spending strong and show no sign of slowing down. This means more and more of the products and services we will see in the future will be the result of these collaborations and investments in companies like ours.
latakoo is pleased to release our patent pending process that enables video files created from P2 and SD cards and other recording media to be transferred over the Internet and stitched together in the cloud according to time code. Latakoo app 4.3.1, now available after login on the latakoo site, contains a number of improvements and bug fixes. Please make sure to upgrade your latakoo app now.
Video stitching, video grouping, or the concatenation of related files usually happens on a timeline in an editing suite. From the SD card or the P2 card, most people are forced to move the files into an editing program, stitch portions together, export a new file, then transfer that file over the Internet. latakoo now gives video professionals the ability to drag, drop, and send fast with one-click compression. On the receiving end, latakoo can deliver the original files and stitched files.
How Stitching Works:
When two or more videos are added to the latakoo app, a toggle switch appears that shows Grouping OFF. In order to group the videos together as a single file on the server, the user would toggle the switch to “Grouping On.”
- Grouping can be achieved with related or unrelated files.
- Related files will have the option to stitch based on time code.
- No Enhanced Upload available with grouping at this time.
- For grouping, the selection drop downs for Networks and Bitrates for each video will always match anytime a change is made to any video in the queue.
Other Improvements & Additions:
- XDCAM 50 HD / MXF (OP1a) transcode with timecode
- DVCPro 50 SD / MXF (OP1a) transcode with timecode
- Updated Proxy link on dialogue box to more prominent blue to resemble an active link.
- Added Software Terms of Service agreement to installer.
- Fixed the naming convention for download/transcode. Download /transcode will now name the file to Filename_koo_timestamp.ext to prevent the file from being overwritten by the app if the video with the same name and extension are downloaded twice.
- Improved handling of loss of Internet connection during file uploads for both Standard and Enhanced uploads.
- Fixed DVCProHD transcode for source videos with variable frame-rates.
- Fixed MXF audio mapping for videos with non-standard video / audio sequencing.
- Corrected aspect ratio for certain MXF transcodes that would show incorrectly as 4:3 even though the video was 16:9.
I’m incredibly proud of the work the whole team has put into latakoo app 4.2, and in particular Joe Pelayo, who has led its development. This is a big step towards fulfilling our mission of making large file transfers as fast and easy as possible.
In addition to the fast video transfers that we’ve always provided, here’s what latakoo subscribers can expect to see in the latest version:
Added timecode copy support. The app will now maintain the source video timecode track and transfer to the final encoded MP4 video file.
You can now send your videos without compression. The app will now allow the user to select No Compression which will bypass the video encoding. The original video file will be uploaded, with its existing codec and container format (and file size). The unaltered video will be available for download from the latakoo website.
The app will upload to the default network if the user does not select a network. The app will also display the name of the default network selection in the drop down even if no networks are selected. As a fail-safe, the app will upload to the first assigned network if no default network is assigned in the user’s account. No more rogue uploads to users’ private spaces instead of their company hot folders.
On top of that, there are countless other improvements to video encoding, transfer and upload speed. The new latakoo app is available now.
The engineers reading this will know there’s a lot involved in that description. (Did I mention our app comes for Windows, Mac, iPhone and iPad?) And believe me, from obtuse enterprise firewalls to hilarious video codec / wrapper interactions, we encountered it all. At latakoo, any one of us is often debugging TCP round-trip times with satellite modems in Afghanistan and designing HTML5 video player wrappers in the same afternoon.
It works. Just today, a journalist told us: “I’m going to name my first child latakoo”. Hey, we’ll take it. In fact, we get a ton of compliments, and we’ve been able to be useful in hurricanes, political conventions, sporting events, conferences … you name it. If someone calls us and asks us for help, we’re usually up for the challenge.
Software is opinionated. This is natural: it’s made by real people, who have opinions, to tackle problems that they think they can solve using a particular line of thought. All of the best software packages – from Lotus 1-2-3 all the way down to Gmail and node.js – have been created with a strong opinion about how their particular problems should be solved.
The same goes for latakoo. Here are some opinions that we had while we were building it: Moving video is too hard. You shouldn’t have to post your content publicly to host it in the cloud. Web applications are the future of user interface design. Video professionals deserve better management tools.
Here’s another opinion: Enterprise software shouldn’t try and radically change the way people work.
“What?!” might be a developer’s reply. “Then how are we supposed to innovate?”
Here’s the thing, though. Enterprise organizations are large, and immediately changing their existing workflows often carries with it a massive real cost, on top of the price you’re charging for your service. That comes in training, support and maintenance, even when you’re dealing with a cloud application where they don’t have to actually install anything on their servers. If their workflow is essential to the running of their organization – which is a smart place to start when you’re building an enterprise software business – then any loss of productivity along it will put them at risk. No manager will agree to that.
So, you need to look at those workflows and augment them. You’re finding ways to supercharge those workflows, not replace them with something that you consider to be more efficient. For one thing, remember, you’re opinionated: no developer is an objective source. But for another, you’ll never understand the intricacies of their business as well as they do.
An example: at latakoo, we let people send video fast using our desktop and mobile apps, and then manage it privately using our web service. But some of our enterprise customers already have their own, sometimes very costly, media management solutions. We could make a case for replacing those solutions entirely. latakoo’s features would certainly support that. But it’s more meaningful for those customers to use the fast sending app, and synchronize their video from latakoo’s infrastructure to their own, automatically.
Of course, we chose to support this. So our enterprise customers can request that video is sent to their existing infrastructure on upload via tools like rsync, SFTP, Signiant, and so on. Over time, some of them may wish to migrate to using our web service – and we still keep a copy of their video there, so it’s always available to them. This turns out to be really useful for television journalists out in the field, who need to access old video but don’t have a secure connection to their company’s servers. It’s also good for when content companies wish to accept or collaborate on video with outside contributors without having to create local accounts for them. In these situations, latakoo acts as a kind of DMZ, and it works well. But there’s no need for those customers to use these features if they don’t need them.
The result is that latakoo enterprise customers often see a 9x return on investment, through time savings while using both the app and the web-based management service where appropriate, and their own tools and infrastructure when they need to. We’re opinionated developers, and our opinion was, we can make better video management software. But our opinion that software should be useful from day one rode out. And that meant reigning ourselves in, and understanding that the customer knows more about how they work than we do.
Words by Ben Werdmuller.
latakoo Video Desktop Tool (4.0) is now available for download.
latakoo is happy to announce the release of its latest desktop video tool for both Mac and Windows OS. This update provides bug fixes from the current 3.3.2 release along with a few additional enhancements, which includes an upgraded upload process and the availability to download HD video using the XDCAM HD 422 format. Here is a more detailed description of the new features:
latakooing: Simultaneous Encode/Upload (Beta)
latakoo has added a feature that replaces the standard encode first then upload process with a revolutionary enhanced upload. This upload that we call latakooing can dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to transfer a video up to the cloud. Performance rates will vary depending on computer CPU processing power, bandwidth and original file type, but tests have shown the total time to process video can be reduced by as much as 40% over the standard encode and upload process.
To enable the new enhanced option, simply click the Options button to go to the Options section, and then select the Use Enhanced Upload checkbox. Click OK to return to the main screen. You can then add or drag and drop videos to you queue and process them as with the previous apps. The only difference that you will notice is that instead of having a progress bar for Encoding and then Uploading, you will only see a single progress bar that shows the total percentage until completion. Once the bar reaches 100% you are done.
Note: The Enhanced Upload is still in a beta mode so use at your own discretion. The process is currently limited to video with a single-track and 2 track audio, but 2 track audio will be mixed to a single track with the left and right channel containing track one and track two respectively. Audio tracks beyond the second track are not processed. In addition, P2 video files are currently not supported. The full support of multi-track audio and P2 video files will be available in the next release of the tool. The use of the Enhanced Mode is available for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, and Mac OSX 10.6.8 or above.
Download XDCAM HD 422 Files on latakoo.com
The XDCAM HD 422 download option is now available for 720 and 1080 video resolutions. As with the other download options on the latakoo site, this feature is available from the video page. Select the ‘Choose Other Format’ from the dropdown selection and then click the XDCAM HD 422 selection. The tool will automatically open with your selection in the queue. Simply click the Start button to begin the transfer.
There are few things that rank as better validation than a customer testimonial. And, when you are a young video technology company, few things are better than getting a customer’s endorsement in Broadcasting and Cable magazine.
Blake Russell, Senior VP of Nexstar Broadcasting, detailed how latakoo enabled the entire Nexstar chain to share stories produced by just four multimedia journalists from the convention floors. We’re grateful to Blake Russell, Nexstar, and all of our supportive customers.
We’ve included an excerpt of the latakoo mention below and a photo of the article. Most of the Broadcasting and Cable content is behind a paywall and requires a subscription to read published stories. To subscribe, click here.
Words by Jade Kurian