[icecast] Open Source Streaming Tool

Richard richard at freespeech.org
Thu Nov 7 21:11:51 UTC 2002

Kool, l
 ooks like just the thing to schedule programs to be played at certain
times. Any here used this pup?


On Thu, 7 Nov 2002 15:00:48 +0100 (CET)
adam <adam at xs4all.nl> wrote:

> Hi,
> I am really sorry for this psuedo-spam but I thought some on the
> list might be interested in this:
>         The Frequency Clock: Free Media System
>         (public version 1.0 beta)
> Software release at:    http://frequencyclock.montevideo.nl
> General info:           http://www.frequencyclock.net/index2.html
> The Frequency Clock: Free Media System is a open source software
> system created to manage streaming audio and video channels.
> This unique set of software tools enables website producers to
> programme online 'channels' of audio or video for their websites,
> bringing televisual
> or radio-like experiences to their website.
> The Frequency Clock Free Media System is designed for people who
> work with streaming media material. It allows creators and users of
> streaming media to organise their files into dynamic channels which
> can be played back using a specially designed web-based streaming
> media player.
> For producers of online media, the Frequency Clock Free Media System
> is a powerful content management system, which provides
> sophisticated control over streaming data. Key features of the
> system include an inventive customised streaming media player, which
> can handle different file types, searchable archives, and real-time
> statistical analysis.
> The Frequency Clock: Free Media System is free and open source.  It
> is created by r a d i o q u a l i a <http://www.radioqualia.net>
> with the input of many developers, artists, designers and cultural
> practitioners, specifically with arts, cultural and independent
> broadcasting in mind.
> *       WHAT DOES IT DO?
> The Frequency Clock Free Media System is a shared resource for
> building streaming channels. It features a programme database,
> timetabling system and a customised streaming media player:
> *       PLAYER
> Perhaps the most significant and innovative element of the system is
> the Frequency Clock Player. The Player addresses one of the key
> issues that producers of streaming media face - the range of
> different streaming media formats. Streaming media content can be
> produced in a variety of different proprietary formats - for
> example, WindowsMedia, Real, and Quicktime. When users play a
> streaming media file, it opens within a specific streaming media
> player. If you watch a WindowsMedia file, it opens in the
> WindowsMedia player, a Real file opens within the Real Player and so
> on. Users must open and close a number of players in order to view
> different streaming media formats. This can be disruptive to the
> continuity of the experience.
> The Frequency Clock Player is possibly one of the first streaming
> media players to be able to play back all streaming media file
> types, within the same player. This is an important innovation,
> which can provide for a seamless experience for users, despite the
> fact that channels may be comprised of many different file types.
> One of the other issues which arises when using streaming media, is
> that content usually has to be presented within the design context
> of the various commerical media players. For many users this is
> undesirable. The Frequency Clock Player provides a solution to this
> problem, by allowing significant elements of customisation.
> Producers have control over the Player's look and feel, enabling
> them to design their Player, so that it fits within the overall
> design of their website.
> You can see images of customised Players, by visiting:
> http://www.frequencyclock.net/index2.html
> *       TIMETABLER
> The engine which drives the creation of streaming channels is a
> programme database and timetable generator. The programme database
> stores information
> about live and pre-recorded streaming audio or video programmes. It
> is essentially a database for managing meta-data (information and
> links to programmes, rather than the programmes themselves), and can
> organise information about files stored anywhere on the internet.
> The timetabling system is a tool for placing entries from the
> database into
> a schedule. Users can timetable audio or video programmes from the
> database
> into specific time slots within their schedule, creating a
> continuous and ongoing channel, or alternatively, a channel which
> broadcasts only at special times. Producers can also instruct the
> timetabling system to play'default' audio or video, when a time slot
> has nothing scheduled. This means that audiences will always have
> something to see or hear when visiting a channel.
> For further information on the functionality of The Frequency Clock:
> Free Media System, please visit:
> http://www.frequencyclock.net/index2.html
> *       STATISTICS
> The Frequency Clock: Free Media System also contains an effective
> statistical analysis system. Producers can receive real time updates
> of the
> number of users connected, how long they've been connected, from
> which country they are connecting from, and what operating system
> and streaming media software they are running. Usually this
> information can only be supplied from server logs, which are not
> usually available to producers in real time. This kind of
> statistical monitoring allows producers to get immediate feedback
> about their channels, and adjust programming accordingly.
> *       BACKGROUND
> The Frequency Clock Free Media System is part of a larger ongoing
> project called The Frequency Clock by the online art group, r a d i
> o q u a l i a<http://www.radioqualia.net>. The project began as an
> artwork which created
> ways for net.based audio and video files to be experienced within
> traditional broadcast mediums such as radio and television.
> In order to make this process possible, it was necessary to develop
> reliable interactive software which allowed users to construct of
> timetables of live and archived streaming media content, and a
> mechanism which could play back these timetables. Four years of
> research, conceptual and pragmatic experimentation, and shared code
> development has resulted in the Frequency Clock: Free Media System.
> For more information about The Frequency Clock, visit:
> http://radioqualia.va.com.au/freqclock/central.html
> *       WHO IS IT FOR?
> The Frequency Clock: Free Media System is aimed at cultural
> producers of audio and video, who wish to present their material
> online. Existing or past users of the system include: community
> radio stations, community cable
> television operators, film and video organisations, museums and
> galleries, filmmakers and documentary-makers, artists, DJs and
> musicians.
> The system could also be utilised by independent news broadcasters,
> film festivals, conferences and any other developers of cultural
> content.
> The Frequency Clock: Free Media System would also be useful for any
> organisation or individual who uses streaming media for presenting
> or archiving events, such as conferences, meetings, briefings,
> workshops, festivals, film productions, or streaming files such as
> music videos, short
> films, animations, workshop footage, performances etc.
> What the users of The Frequency Clock: Free Media System say:
> "its an excellent concept thats going to play a big part in the near
> future
> of streaming / audio/video"
> "i really hope it will make life easier and even more interesting to
> number
> of people, the creators of streming content - and somehow - i don't
> doubt it will."
> "The Arts Online: More Often More Better
> Open Platform for the Arts
> FQ: Streaming the Real World to You"
> "I see great potential in the frequency clock. a self-subscribed
> multi channel programming [environment]. in a communal sense, it
> also allows intervention to happen."
> There are other Frequency Clock systems implemented at:
> - Dekspc:       http://bigboy.spc.org/fc/index.php
> - MN Artists:   http://fc.mnartists.org
> *       CREDITS
> The Frequency Clock: Free Media System was made possible by:
> - The Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/Time Based Arts
> - The Walker Art Centre / MN Artists
> - The Australian Federal Government through its arts funding and
> advisory body, the Australia Council
> - Kunstradio
> - Virtual Artists
> r a d i o q u a l i a would also like to thank: Robert Geus, Nic
> Limper, The Society for Old and New Media, James Stevens, Luka
> Princic, Vedran Gulin / mi2, Micz Flor, Radio FRO, Mauzz / De
> Digital Stadt, The World Service, The South Australian Government
> through Arts SA, The Experimental Art Foundation, the Australian
> Network for Art and Technology, the Media Resource Centre, Kass
> Schmitt, Rene Leitof, Alex Galloway, Gio D'Angelo, Luka Frelih,
> Salto TV and Source Forge & Xchange.
> If you would like more information about The Frequency Clock: Free
> Media System, please contact:
> r a d i o q u a l i a
> Adam Hyde or Honor Harger
> PH: + 31 6 29036248
> Email: radioqualia at va.com.au   or    adam at xs4all.nl
> URL: http://www.radioqualia.net
> __________________________________________
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