About Forbidden

About Forbidden

Unlocking the value of video is our mission. We have seen an explosion in the use of video for entertainment, news, sports, communications and education. We have also seen the dramatic movement of video from TV in the analog world to the digital world of video delivery of multiple devices, any time, anywhere.

Building video solutions in the cloud is how we are focused on unlocking this value. Video production needs to be fast, easy to do, possible from any device anywhere, scalable and cost effective.

We challenge ourselves to be disruptive and innovative in how we create new value for creators of video content, yet grounded on building best of breed solutions to meet the range of needs of both media experts in traditional sectors and new players building new video markets.

The story behind the rise of Forbidden

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1998Company founded to create the ultimate video platform for the internet
1999Forbidden Technologies Ltd employs five staff members and starts development.
Forbidden Technologies Ltd turns into Forbidden Technologies plc
Video codec development starts
2000Forbidden Technology plc floats on the AIM market of the London Stock ExchangeForbidden develops a revolutionary low bit rate video codec
2001Forbidden develops Java web player which runs automatically when you open a web pageWeb video streaming player for standard out-of-the-box PC/browsers
2002Full frame rate mobile video/audio player at 320x240 pixels2.5G full screen full motion streaming player on mobile (O2 XDA and Compaq iPaq)
2003Live video compressionLive video streaming with cloud hosting launched at IBC 2003
2004Editing capability addedForscene launch – the original cloud video post-production platform
Forscene bought for international review of ongoing TV broadcasts
2005Logging capability addedFirst broadcast TV series uses Forscene for logging
2006Codec upgradesWeb-accessed Clesh launched with Europe's biggest ISP for the nascent consumer cloud video editing market
2007Broadcast quality (SD) output added to Forscene
2008Credit crunch kicks off sales in broadcastBlackbird 5 video codec releasedUS client uses Forscene to re-version TV content for the web
2009HD output added to Forscene.
Scalability improved with over 10,000 hours per week through the platform
2010Forbidden CEO invited speaker at Google’s European summit in ZurichIBC demonstration of Forscene on Nokia mobile phone.
Android Clesh development begins.
Multicam launched
Forscene workflows including logging and rough cut editing
2011Forbidden wins Google contract for summer Olympics with Forscene
2012Numerous sports features added, including workflow managementForscene performs for YouTube/NBC in summer Olympics
2013£8m+ fund raising for US expansion and creation of a consumer offerBlackbird 7 video codec released to support hi res proxies.
Support for multiple video layers with transparency
Partnerships with deltatre and EVS in sports.
Integration with Microsoft Azure
2014Brand strategy transformed.
US office launched.
Forscene positioned as a cloud platform
Android and iPad added to supported Forscene devicesForscene launched for iPad and Android tablets.
Forscene Media Asset Management (MAM) launched at IBC
2015Vic Steel retires from the Forbidden Technologies board. Stephen Streater is
appointed as Chairman and Forbidden Technologies CTO. Aziz Musa is promoted to CEO. Stephen Streater steps down from role of Chairman and David Main takes up the role
Virtualised sports workflow development.Forscene wins IMG contract for digital rights content.
Multicam logging expanded to 18 cameras & multicam editing introduced
Non professional editing tool, Captevate, launched
2016Fundraising bring in £4m to strengthen balance sheetAll applications moved to be on the Forscene b2b platform
Blackbird 9 released
Increased focus on solutions for the live sports market
2017Released Blackbird 9 codec - aimed at live sports and eSports editors
2018 Repositioned business under Blackbird brand Launched Blackbird Forte, Blackbird Ascent and Blackbird EdgeDemonstrated Blackbird editor in JavaScript at NAB 2018