Authentic: a Connected Media Experience Player
As I was working on the technical working committee, I found it necessary to start prototyping a CME player and experimenting with building packages. Building technology while writing the spec helped us write a more complete and usable specification – and helped us find inconsistencies and problem areas early on – when they were easy to fix. The prototype evolved and I finally released it yesterday as a free Windows 8 App, Authentic.
The first version of this app plays back the CME Packages and shows packages in your My Music and SkyDrive as well as an Azure service. I am working on enabling authoring tools in the app to make it possible to create CME packages as well as Windows 8 apps that wrap those packages in future versions – so CME Packages could be sold as apps in the Windows Store.
Though the CME format was conceived of for music experiences, there is really nothing in it that precludes it from being used for any other type of publishing.
- Download the spec here https://connectedmediaexperience.org.
- This works by unpacking the Zip archive into local storage and then setting up an iframe which points to a https://localhost:xxxx service. I setup a StreamSocketListener in the app to get all HTTP get traffic to that port and then just serve up the files that are requested.
- When .html files are requested, I inject additional CSS and JS to make it feel like a native app on Windows 8.
How You Can Participate
- Create CME Packages using the HTML skills that you already have learned for building websites.
- Build players for other platforms like Windows Phone, Android, and iOS.
- Build authoring tools and workflows to ease the creation of CME packages.
- Join the Connected Media Experience consortium to join the discussion and drive the evolution of this exciting format.
- 5/31/2013 – MSS: Added a link to a simple .CME package.