The Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2020 are now open for voting. Held annually since 2007, the Readers’ Choice Awards has end users awarding exemplary solutions in the video industry. These solutions can range from physical ones, like PTZ or network-controlled cameras, to services that run in the Cloud.
For 2020, IBM has been nominated in these five categories:
Closed Captioning Solution: IBM Video Streaming
Cloud Encoding/Transcoding Service: IBM Video Streaming
Enterprise Video Platform: IBM Enterprise Video Streaming
OTT Video Platform: IBM Video Streaming for OTT Video Management
Webcasting/Presentation Solution (Cloud): IBM Video Streaming
The amount of video is growing rapidly across industries. A recent IDC report projects that 79.4 zettabytes of data will be created by connected Internet of things (IoT) devices by 2025, mostly generated by video applications.1
Harnessing the full potential of this content deluge is no small task. Manual video analysis is a slow, labor-intensive process that is prone to errors and often not feasible due to lack of resources.
Failure to fully optimize content or effectively monitor and respond to live video can result in missed opportunities for a variety of industries. Below is a sampling of how object detection in video and overall video analytics technology is impacting specific industries:
IBM has introduced a new workflow for IBM Enterprise Video Streaming that allows companies to setup an approval process. This includes having designated reviewers, or moderators, that are setup to approve or reject the publishing of videos. The video review process features automated emails, notifying reivewers when content is ready and also notifying uploaders after the video has been reviewed.
Due to the rapid pace of COVID-19, there has been a need to act with agility, resilience and unity in the face of evolving impacts. On March 19, 2020, with just 47 days before the in-person conference was scheduled to start, the decision was finalized to pivot to an all-digital experience for IBM Think as a result of COVID-19. This would be the first time the event would be online-only.
IBM Think Digital experience resulted in nearly 120,000 registrants and over 170,000 unique viewers. The Think content team took over 2500 sessions that were planned for the face to face event and selected the most impactful 250 sessions that could pivot the message to be COVID-19 relevant as well as engage attendees digitally. Over 45,000 hours of content were viewed by attendees with emphasis on design that would accelerate the transformation of the experience from in-person to all digital. Content was captioned in 7 different languages and delivered with live chats and moderated “Ask the expert” sessions for an audience size that was vastly beyond projected expectations.
Discover how IBM met this challenge through its own technology, leveraging both IBM Watson Media and the IBM Public Cloud to offer a scalable, reliable solution with global load balancing to help ensure a premium viewing experience for all.
Looking for more ways to restrict access to a video within your corporate video portal?
IBM Watson Media has introduced a video access control feature that allows the management of assets on a per video basis within an enterprise account. This can permit different access levels, be it for pre-approval or to very select individuals, while also including a notification system over email to relay when access has been granted. This feature, introduced in June 2018, was expanded in July 2020 to include advanced video access control features around lists.
Events have exploded beyond the stage with live streaming. From executive town halls, to press conferences and award ceremonies, most events have had two audiences: the one in the room and the one behind their screens. Due to recent circumstances, though, some venues are going virtual only or virtual for the first time. This introduces new opportunities, but also new things to learn.
For organizers, the expanded reach of a virtual conference is a dream come true, as are the insights from live stream analytics. However, live streaming also requires a new attention to detail: even the Super Bowl and Apple keynotes have fallen victim to seemingly minor mistakes, amplified by the real-time nature of streaming.
To make sure live streams go off without a hitch, organizers should follow this high quality live streaming checklist to ensure a secure connection, reliable equipment and to define a protocol in the event something needs troubleshooting. If you are looking more for assistance on which gear to get, though, check out our Video Studio Recommendations white paper.
Need deeper analytics to analyze how your video content is being consumed? Want to validate that individual viewers completed mandatory training?
IBM Enterprise Video Streaming offers individual viewer tracking analytics. These allow organizations to drill down and see not just who accessed certain videos, but how much they watched and look at overall viewing history as well. This feature has been enhanced as well, for increased scalability in the dashboard and the ability to utilize APIs to take this functionality into other applications.
Looking to introduce a way for viewers to return to the exact moment they stopped watching a video?
IBM Watson Media has released a feature that saves the playback position of videos on a per viewer, per browser level. This allows viewers to continue watching video on demand content from the moment they stopped viewing.
COVID-19 disrupted normal life. It forced organizations to pivot and adhere to guidelines related to the pandemic. The effect has been widespread, impacting private companies and government entities. This includes the judicial system in the United States, which is now faced with continuing day-to-day activities, but virtually.
This case study outlines how a superior court in California utilized IBM Video Streaming to broadcast court hearings live and was able to pivot from in-person to virtual in just two weeks. This not only satisfied a legal obligation to allow public access but resulted in giving the court a future proof solution that may be utilized even after things return to normal.