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Interlaced Video & Deinterlacing for Streaming

Interlace video example before deinterlacing

Have you ever seen video content that looks like the image above, but weren’t sure of the cause? These overt horizontal lines, appearing as pixelation around movement like out of an old school Atari game, are an artifact created from presenting an interlaced source in a progressive format.

This article explains what is interlaced video content and which sources, such as analogue cameras, can produce this type of video content on a live streaming platform. It then goes over deinterlacing techniques to remove this artifact and how to easily enable it on the encoder side… and why you wouldn’t want to use deinterlacing on content that is already progressive.


Audio-only Playback for Video Streaming

Audio-only Playback for Video Streaming

Ever dealt with a viewer you had to turn away because their connection speed was simply too slow, even at the lowest quality setting? Audio-only playback for video streaming can be a possible solution. It offers a low bandwidth option for an on demand and live streaming platform that can further broaden accessibility to content.

This feature was recently introduced for IBM Video Streaming and IBM Enterprise Video Streaming.


GROHE Case Study: Creating a Multi-Language Digital Experience

GROHE, a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, has long participated in some of the industries largest events. As one of the biggest players in the sanitation space, this would mean elaborate and involved appearances at fairs, trade shows and other venues. However, these activities have involved in-person elements, an aspect that during the COVID-19 pandemic became harder to support in a safe manner.

Learn how GROHE, through partnering with IBM and VOK DAMS, has been able to successfully pivot toward launching robust digital experiences that continue to engage viewers on a daily basis.


Video Uploading Through APIs

Video Uploading Through APIs

Looking for a faster method to upload videos? Need one that isn’t restricted to accessing the dashboard of a video streaming, enterprise video streaming or virtual events platform account?

IBM is introducing video uploading through APIs. This allows organizations to upload video files into IBM’s video platform programmatically, without requiring access to the account’s dashboard. This opens new opportunities for uploading files while also being a faster approach versus the traditional dashboard uploading.


Keyframes, InterFrame & Video Compression

Keyframes, InterFrame & Video Compression

The default mental image of video compression involves unwanted video artifacts, like pixelation and blockiness in the image. This sells short, though, the complexity that actually goes into compressing video content. In particular, it overlooks a fascinating process called interframe, which involves keyframes and delta frames to intelligently compress content in a manner that is intended to go unnoticed.

This article describes this process in detail, while also giving best practices and ideal encoder settings that you can apply for use with your live streaming platform.


8 Different Types of Virtual Events

Different Types of Virtual Events

2020 was very much the year of virtual events, as previously physical venues began offering an online version of their event. Often times this would include interactivity among viewers or participants, letting them feel more involved. With people staying remote due to the pandemic, these types of events skyrocketed in adoption. As outlined in our 2021 video trends webinar, we have reason to believe that this year will also tremendous use of virtual events with high usage and evolution of the concept.

So what types of virtual events are out there? Which ones are right for you, and what might your goal or goals be? We outline 8 different use cases for your virtual events platform and possible goals to help your event be a successful one.


Replace Video on Video Streaming Platforms

Replace Video on Enterprise Video Platform

Have a new version of a video but don’t want to lose analytics or redo embeds?

IBM is introducing a replace video feature for its video streaming and enterprise video platforms. This allows organizations to update outdated videos with newer versions while not having to worry about the logistics around URL links or instances where the video was embed. As a result, it provides a relatively quick method for content to be cycled and remain relevant to target audiences.


Dead Air – The Live Stream Killer

Back in the 1950’s and 60’s, much (if not most) early broadcast radio and television programming was produced and broadcasted live.

The skills of producing a live broadcast were refined and improved through the years. Early radio broadcasters like Alan Freed and Dick Clark, TV soap operas like As The World Turns and The Edge Of Night, most US News coverage, sporting events like the Superbowl and of course shows such as Saturday Night Live all have also used live television as a device to gain viewers by making their programs more (or atleast appear) exciting.

But the skills these producers used, whether for the 1969 Landing on the Moon, the 1996 Dallas Cowboys Superbowl victory or the live episode of ER in 1997, are no different than for a live streaming show or event.


OpenID Connect (OIDC) for Enterprise Video

OpenID Connect (OIDC) for Enterprise Video

Looking to offer your users a single sign-on experience from your video content?

IBM now supports using OpenID Connect (OIDC) based identity providers with its enterprise video platform. This expands the options that organizations have for user authentication to access live and on demand video material.


Boost Virtual Event Registration in 6 Steps

Boost Virtual Event Registration in 6 Steps

Running virtual or hybrid events? Need some advice to help boost virtual event registration?

These six steps will help you increase your virtual event attendance. They assume you are already using a virtual event platform to run the conference, as they focus more on promotion. If you need a more in-depth guide that includes executing the event, check out this definitive guide to running virtual events.