Microsoft Enable SDP-US Professional-Quality Online Video Captioning

Microsoft IE adds TTML Simple Delivery Profile for Closed Captions (SDP-US) profile specification. Exchange Connector 3.0 RTM

The Internet Explorer team at Microsoft has taken another step forward enabling professional-quality closed captions for online video dubbed Closed Captions (SDP-US), to address evolving industry requirements for browsers and other software on Internet-connected devices.

With this, Internet Explorer has become one of the first browsers to include early support for HTML5-based video captioning via the <track></track> element with TTML and WebVTT file formats.

Developers will be able to add captioning to an HTML5 video by providing a caption file that contains a styled text representation of the video dialog or actions and by using the <track></track> element to render and display the contents of that file.

""SDP-US" is based on Timed Text Markup Language (TTML) (a caption interchange specification that has been used in the professional video industry for years) and clearly defines key caption format features like layout, style, timing and content requirements. Internet Explorer was one of the first browsers to include early support for HTML5-based video captioning via the <track></track> element with TTML and WebVTT file formats," explains IE team.

Enabling Professional-Quality Online HTML5 Video New SDP-US Specifications for Interoperable Captioning

Facebook's had boughtAtlas from Microsoft back in March of this year, today, the acquisition has officially closed.

The Atlas team will start work at Facebook on Monday.

Microsoft inventors share award-winning ideas on World IP Day. Asta Roseway from Microsoft Research, known for her work on the "Printing Dress", shares the background of her first patent for a cinematic gaming invention, "Spectator Experience," and Ali Khan from Server and Tools describes the work behind his patent to improve wireless data transmission.

Watch the short video below to get the whole story.

Microsoft Research, working on an immersive Telepresence technology, according to a recent job listing the company is looking for engineers to work on a technology that would render "realistic physical body-double or proxy in a remote meeting."

According to job listting (via):

Microsoft Mesa project is creating immersive telepresence products that will change the way remote workers experience and are experienced in meetings. Mesa offers an equal blend of software and hardware challenges so you will get a chance to work on unique technologies that are unlike any other part of Microsoft. We build on top of proven technologies like Lync and Skype, but also use new emerging ones like Windows 8 and Surface, adding unique Mesa specific technologies (like video processing). Come learn new things in a small, fun team and get involved in every part of the product. Maximize your impact and live the startup life within Microsoft' Startup Business Group.

In the short term, we are developing the hardware and software necessary to have a realistic physical "body-double" or proxy in a remote meeting - one that gives the remote worker a true seat at the table, the ability to look around the room, turn to a colleague and have a side conversation. Longer-term, this same platform will enable high-definition communication scenarios for consumers over Skype. We are a small team, with a mix of short-term deliverables and long-term ambitions and we are developing quickly and having lots of fun in the process!

Exchange Connector 3.0 RTM released comes with some new security-related features--and require following to use. The Send Email solution is no longer included in the Exchange Connector package.

  • "Have System Center 2012 SP1 - Service Manager Cumulative Update 2. It is a prerequisite due to a workflow change required to support the new ability in the Exchange Connector to specify a Run As Account similar to the other connectors.
  • Uninstall Exchange Connector 3.0 RC first. Do this by deleting all of the Exchange Connectors you have in the Connectors view (you might want to take screenshots of the properties dialogs or something to remind you of how to set everything back up again). Then delete the Exchange Connector management pack from the Management Packs view. Then delete the .dll in the Service Manager Program Files directory," explains Microsoft.

You can download it over at Download Center.