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Sound Browser: Grand Prize Winner of the Capitol360 Hackathon

Music videos, which comprise an important part of the video-streaming industry, are consistently the most-viewed content on streaming giants, such as YouTube and Vimeo. In exchange for free viewing, those channels serve advertisements for revenue. That business model creates a clumsy user experience, however, as a result of often-repeated ads that don't relate to the content.

At the Capital360 Hackathon held in early June, mobile and web developer Brian Cottrell teamed up with 3D artist Candie Quach to build—in only 24 hours—Sound Browser, an amazingly impressive app that runs on the Fire TV platform. For that effort, they walked away with two thousand dollars in cash, five Ethereum coins, and the bragging rights to be called the Capitol360 Hackathon Grand Prize Winner.

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Building a Live Feed of FIFA World Cup Moments

Widely acclaimed as the world’s biggest sporting event, the World Cup has established itself as the most captivating tournament to look forward to across the globe. Dating back to 1930, when the first World Cup was hosted in Uruguay, it has always engendered numerous moments of excitement, not only for the participating teams but also for the countries they ably represented. Little could anyone have anticipated that a game of 22 able-bodied men running to take possession of a leather ball could become so famous.

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Auto AI Content Recognition Tagging in Cloudinary DAM

Automating the categorization of your images and videos can help democratize access to your organization's creative assets. Many teams throughout your organization have likely spent a lot of time and effort generating high-quality content, but it'd be all for naught if the content just ends up in some anonymous folder on somebody's hard drive or is randomly dropped into your cloud storage with no functional organizational strategy.

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Capitol 360 Incubating New Waves of MusicTech

Last month, we had the pleasure of supporting Capitol Music Group’s first ever hackathon, the first in a series of hackathons as part of its newly launched Capitol360 Innovation Center, established to bridge the gaps between music and tech and make music better for everyone. We are proud to be a founding technology partner and were honored to play a part in Capitol’s first-ever 24-hour hack. And because so many of us are avid and longtime music fans we’re also personally thrilled to have the opportunity to work with one of the most influential leaders in music to foster these new and meaningful connections.

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Headshot transformations from Fluent + Velocity 2018

On June 13-14, O'Reilly held its annual Fluent + Velocity conference in San Jose and it was great! Cloudinary set up a pretty incredible booth and brought in a professional photographer to take headshots of the attendees who stopped by. Once a photo was snapped, the raw camera file was immediately uploaded to our media library and transformed into something that can be posted right away on LinkedIn.

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Reimaging DAM--The Next-Gen DAM for Marketing & Dev

There are great digital asset management (DAM) products out there for uploading, storing, managing, organizing, and sharing digital assets. With Cloudinary's new end-to-end DAM solution, you can also upload and manage your assets efficiently, but the journey doesn't end there. It continues on to the development and delivery stages, so that your assets can be seamlessly manipulated, optimized, and delivered to create an engaging user experience that will in turn, increase conversion and loyalty.

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Integrating Cloudinary with Forestry’s Media Library

At Forestry, we believe that there is a bright future for static HTML sites built with tools like Jekyll and Hugo. These tools can create sites that run well, and are easy to host and maintain, because they don’t require any server-side code.

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Video Optimization With the HTML5 <video> Player

Lack of experience and compression knowhow can cause significant user-experience problems. For instance, on a major retail site, I recently ran into a 48 MB video-hero banner. Pulling out the video and encoding it as an H.264 MP4 reduces the size to 1.9 MB. So, despite the desire for more video content, developers have not yet caught up to best practices. How do we get the best of both worlds without creating a disaster like the one above?

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Build a Facial Emotion Recognition Based Video Suggestion App

Developers are always looking for new and creative ways to deliver content that resonates with the way users feel. Often using the latest technical innovations the market has to offer such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). What better way to demonstrate innovative uses of these technology in a consumer market than capturing expressions from your users and then serving content based on that expression!

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