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API: Training AI for Video Analysis & Caption Automation

API: Training AI for Video Analysis & Caption Automation

Curious on the artificial intelligence capabilities of the IBM Watson Media solutions for managing video content, but looking for a way to develop them into existing workflows?

APIs are available to integrate IBM Watson Video Enrichment and IBM Watson Captioning into other applications, such as existing dashboards and interfaces. This includes both generating metadata using the artificial intelligence and managing training the AI to be better attuned to a use case. In addition, the APIs are launching with new, additional features, some currently unavailable elsewhere.

If you are interested in putting these APIs to use, contact us to learn more.


Live Broadcast Closed Captioning from Watson Captioning

Live Broadcast Closed Captioning from Watson Captioning

Looking for live broadcast closed captioning solutions?

IBM Watson Captioning offers a service for broadcast television to caption their live content. This uses a combination of artificial intelligence in the cloud and hardware on location. For the on-premise component, the Watson Live Captioning RS-160 is hardware created specifically for this use case by the Weather Company to complement the Captioning service. For accuracy, the AI can be trained in advance, expanding both vocabulary and relevant, hyper-localized context through providing corpus.

This delivers a solution that can not only be highly accurate, but one that is both scalable and built for high availability.

To learn more about automatic closed captioning, register for our Auto Closed Captions and AI Training webinar.


IBM and FOX Sports Team Up to Enhance Sports Viewing Experience with AI Technology

IBM and FOX Sports Team Up to Enhance Sports Viewing Experience with AI Technology

As fans around the world get ready to head to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup this June, FOX Sports and IBM are launching a historical AI collaboration across multiple FOX Sports properties and programming— the first of its kind for the broadcaster.

Beginning with the 2018 FIFA World Cup, FOX Sports is tapping IBM Watson Media’s specialized AI video technology and IBM iX’s proven expertise in designing user experiences to streamline production workflows to quickly classify, edit and access match highlights in near real-time. The advancements to production and distribution will enable FOX Sports to curate engaging video clips and match highlights so that sports enthusiasts back home don’t miss a single play, penalty kick, or goal.


How Does Automated Closed Captioning Work?

How Does Automated Closed Captioning Work?

How does automated closed captioning work? What elements improve or impact the accuracy for artificial intelligence (AI) driven captioning?

This article examines why automating caption generation is important before diving into how speech recognition and other elements combine to provide an accurate experience. This includes many behind the scenes aspects that go into how AI approaches the task of transcribing audio. The article then concludes with a few tips to keep in mind when looking for a solution that automates closed captioning.

For more information on this topic, including how to succeed with automated closed captioning and what to expect, also be sure to download our in-depth How Can AI Elevate Your Closed Captioning Solutions? white paper as well.


Improve Watson Captioning: AI Vocabulary Training

Looking for a way to speed up the generation of accurate captions? Interested in AI vocabulary training?

Earlier, IBM introduced Watson Captioning to generate captions for videos using speech to text. These captions could then be edited for accuracy, or to adhere to personal preferences. Those capabilities are being expanded with the addition of the ability for Watson to learn based on those edits or to be taught. As a result, this can speed up the process of accurate caption generation through removing previously repeated tasks.

Note that this feature for Watson to learn based on edits or to be manually taught is currently only available from the stand alone Watson Captioning solution. It is not currently available for Streaming Manager or Streaming Manager for Enterprise, although will be coming to those in the future.


Live Intelligent Closed Captions for Broadcast Networks

The Value of Intelligent Closed Captions for Broadcast Networks

With the news moving at lightning speeds, consumers are more tuned into current events than ever while media companies are challenged to keep pace. Broadcast networks are under intense pressure to respond quickly to breaking news, world events, and sporting games in order to satisfy consumer demand for instant, quality digital experiences.

However, delivering accurate captions for live broadcast is both time and resource intensive for broadcast networks, given that production teams must manually transcribe live programming in real-time – which often leads to delayed or incorrect captions. To solve these challenges, IBM launched Watson Captioning – a flexible, scalable solution that leverages AI to automate the captioning process and uses machine learning to improve accuracy over time. As outlined in this white paper, Captioning Goes Cognitive: A New Approach to an Old Challenge, Watson is bringing greater context to video assets while removing some of the challenge associated with closed captioning.

Through its Live Captioning functionality, Watson Captioning empowers closed captions for broadcast networks, unlocking value from live video content and optimizing the viewer experience. By accurately captioning live video content, broadcasters can provide premium experiences for local viewers, increase accessibility for the hearing-impaired community, and adhere to compliance standards.


Cleeng, Thuuz, IRIS.TV and Maestro Added to Watson Media Ecosystem to Elevate Video Experiences

Partners Elevate Video Experiences with Watson Media

One of our core tenants at IBM is to find and work with great partners who share our vision and values. The ecosystem is important. At Watson Media, we’re focused on bringing powerful portfolio of AI (artificial intelligence) video solutions to market. To meet the unique needs of our customers, Watson Media works with a number of partners to augment our solutions and build robust solutions that aid in driving efficiencies, delivering elevated video experiences and delighting consumers.


Watson the Watchdog: How AI is Changing Media Compliance

How AI is Changing Media Compliance

In media, context is everything: Just as a hand signal that means “V for victory” in one country may be incredibly offensive in another, what’s culturally acceptable in a television show in the U.S. may be verboten elsewhere around the world.

By flagging questionable content for media compliance, Watson not only saves time and costs, but opens up opportunities in new markets for content creators and broadcasters alike. For more information about how AI can save time and money with compliance, also be sure to  download IBM Watson Media’s ROI analysis paper: From AI to ROI: When playback means payback.


Using Big Data to Enrich Customers’ Streaming Experience

When average TV viewers are channel surfing on the couch, they probably aren’t thinking too much about big data. But it’s already beginning to shape the viewing experience, namely by providing recommendations. And as time goes on, it will begin to have an even bigger impact.

As the amount of video content—and video viewers—grows, so does the data available about viewing habits and preferences. This is a boon for content creators, who can begin to leverage these insights to create better experiences for their customers in a variety of different ways. While there’s still a lot of data left to be uncovered, changes are already underway in the realms of service quality, content recommendation and production.

For more details on the topic of using data for video enrichment, also be sure to read this Uncovering Dark Video Data with AI white paper.


Intelligent Captions Made Simple: IBM Watson Media Brings the Power of AI to Closed Captioning

Bringing the Power of AI to Closed Captioning

In the past few years, there has been a major shift towards video content as the primary form of media. Considering this momentum, the importance of closed captioning has only increased. However, delivering closed captions at scale is challenging for media and entertainment companies—they are costly to create, and the manual undertaking can be burdensome to production teams. Surrounding all of this is also the ever-changing compliance landscape, wherein adapting closed captions to meet regional or industrial guidelines can be tricky.

Today, IBM has introduced Watson Captioning, a new standalone offering that helps to solve these challenges. Watson Captioning leverages AI to automate the captioning process, while ensuring increased accuracy over time through its machine learning capabilities. In turn, this saves businesses both time and money, and delivers a scalable solution. Watson Captioning is a customizable offering that provides flexibility and productivity, can be easily managed across compliance standards, and has the potential to transform industries beyond media and entertainment.


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