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
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.
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.
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.
Looking to customize your video URLs? Want to setup a static link that can be updated with new videos without having to notify others or replace embed codes?
This article walks through creating vanity URLs for videos through a new permalink feature for IBM Video Streaming. When setup, a custom ending for the URL is created, featuring the name of the content or any other desired name. In addition, content creators and organizations can use this feature to swap videos tied to a permalink. This will automatically swap the video content featured across embed codes and shared links that use that permalink.
Pivoting in-person events to digital experiences in three weeks time
companies to pivot toward new digital solutions to do business. These practices are ones that must stand up
to remote working and restrictions on travel and lockdown facilities.
What do you
do, though, when your organization focuses on community and building a strong
network of companies through in-person events?
Hub Logistics Hamburg, they innovated by adopting a digital strategy through
technology from IBM. This was done with an eye on speed: quickly being able to
introduce video streaming to their community to keep them engaged from earlier
events while reaping success through greatly expanding their reach.
Closed captions have grown to be an important part of the video experience. While they assist deaf and hard of hearing people in enjoying video content, a study in the UK discovered that 80% of closed caption use was from those with no hearing issues. Not only that, but Facebook found out that adding captions to a video increased view times on their network by 12%. These reasons, along with regulations such as the Americans with Disabilities Actand rules from the FCC, have realized the need to caption video assets. However, caption generation can be time consuming, taking 5-10 times the length of the video asset, or costly if you are paying someone else to create them.
A solution is automatic speech recognition from machine learning. This the ability to identify words and phrases in spoken language and convert them to text. The process offers content owners a way to quickly and cost effectively provide captions for their videos. To address this, IBM introduced the ability to convert video speech to text through IBM Watson. This was added to IBM’s video streaming solutions in late 2017 for VODs (video on-demand). It has recently been expanded to recognize additional languages.