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Our story so far...
We are currently building the C-Hear technology to be implemented as a Word Press plugin and as a helper application.
More implementations are forthcoming.
We decided to make it very easy to integrate our products into popular web content management software available.
we decided to build a plug-in and templates for the most popular web development framework/content management system in the world, the one almost all bloggers use in some way or another… WordPress.
Did you know that there are over 87 million WordPress websites in the world? Since the release of its most recent update on November 15, 2017, WordPress 4.9 has been downloaded over 58 million times.
WordPress Community Response
We spoke to a few WordPress developers to see if they would like a tool like this and the answer was overwhelmingly positive. They all know they could program an alternative to our solution, but it would require a database to synchronize images with the sound, and programming to overlay the audio with the image.
The trick for us is to offer a utility to WordPress developers and content publishers in such a cost-effective manner that it would be cost prohibitive for them to think of programming this functionality.
The Technology Develops
This is the evolution of how C-Hear came to be.
June 1993: First live audio stream.
Audio streaming began with a few pioneers in 1993 with the first live broadcast of the band, Severe Tire Damage.
Other pioneers of streaming audio include Mark Cuban, a cofounder of AudioNet in 1995, later creating Broadcast.com; also in 1995, RealNetworks out of Seattle.
With the advent of MP3 in 1996, recorded audio began to be heard on the web in abundance.
1998: MPEG becomes industry standard
In 1998, the MPEG4 A audio/video compression format came to be through an organization known as MPEG-LA LLC.
Because of the power of its members; like Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, LG, Pioneer, Sony and about 25 others in the technology industry, the MPEG4 format immediately became an industry standard for online viewing of digital audio/video movies.
2015 – Speed Racer
It wasn’t until one day in early 2015 that Adena wondered about whether or not there was a format for a single image and audio that was not a movie file.
Her husband, Butch, was under contract blogging for NASCAR racer, David Ragan. As she helped Butch, as she often did with this blog, A she specifically wanted to attach audio to a photo of David Ragan’s car making a high-speed turn during a race.
She wanted to add sounds from the race and report on David’s performance that day. The only way she could do that was to create and upload a movie file, or an MPEG4.
However, that was not her desire. If video is added, it has to be hosted, elsewhere, like YouTube, Vimeo or some other video hosting site. As everyone knows, once loaded on these sites, you lose control of your digital assets.
Adena decided to call Jesse about it because of his experience with internet production.
She asked if there was a file format that allowed someone to add audio to a single image. Jesse told her the only way he knew of, was to combine them to make an MPEG4 movie. She said, “NO, that isn’t what I want. I don’t want a movie file and deal with its size and bandwidth issues. "
David, the NASCAR driver, didn’t want other people profiting from his content, e.g. Youtube or Vimeo; so the content had to live on his website.
Jesse told her there is no other way, it had to be a movie file if there was sound to be included.
She immediately asked “What if we could create one?…”