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Live Video Streaming with Chat Module

Live Video Streaming with Chat Module

Looking to do on-demand and live video streaming with chat support? A lot of considerations can go into selecting the appropriate chat module for your video strategy. These can range from compatible technologies, user management, feature sets and brand-able (or a lack of branding) solutions.

This article talks about the process of choosing a chat solution to accompany your video content. It includes areas to consider, features you should look out for, and how to begin moderating conversations. It also examines how IBM Cloud Video has updated and expanded its chat capabilities, including the addition of direct messages within a non-Flash framework. To stay up to date on improvements like this over the IBM Cloud Video platform, also be sure to check out periodic live demos that cover the latest on the platform.

Live Video CTA: Add Clickable Video Overlays

Live Video CTA: Add Clickable Video Overlays

Need an effective CTA (Call To Action) for your live video marketing? Looking to add clickable video overlays?

CTAs are an important element of the overall conversion process. While video marketing can be valuable to build brand recognition, sometimes collateral is created for later in the sales funnel with the desire to convert. For these and other instances, IBM Cloud Video users can now add live CTAs directly into the video player. These clickable video overlays can provide a clear next step for prospects who are watching live streaming content. For more information on using live video as part of your marketing strategy, also be sure to download our How to Increase Conversions with Online Video white paper.

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.

How AI is Disrupting Video

How AI is Disrupting Video

IBM’s new publication, featuring research from Gartner, examines how enterprises are leveraging unstructured video data through machine learning. Topics, showing how AI is disrupting video, range from video analysis for business value, AI powered transcription and examining a large scale deployment that uses cognitive capabilities to enhance video assets.

Check out the publication on AI and streaming video, which includes links to full papers and videos on these topics. Below is a quick recap of some of the information touched on within.

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.

AES Video Encryption: 256 vs 128 Bit

AES Video Encryption: 256 vs 128 Bit

Considering AES video encryption for your assets at rest and during delivery? Curious on the merits of AES-256 vs AES-128 for video?

A security audit, a systematic evaluation of the security of an organization’s information system, can measure many things to see how it conforms to established practices and criteria. In relation to video, this can include virtually every state of the content, from data at rest to in transit. This article covers what is video encryption, explains AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and why it’s discussed about what bit key is ideal to use for video.

From more information on this topic, and on the greater concept of video security, also be sure to check out our Enterprise Video Security Components & Services white paper.

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.

What is Video Encoding? Codecs and Compression Techniques

What is Video Encoding? Codecs and Compression Techniques

Wondering what is video encoding and why it’s important?

In this article, we’ll examine the process of encoding, codecs and compression techniques. This includes what makes for a recommended codec, although is situation dependent. It also covers why certain artifacts, related to compression, might appear in your video. As a result, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of this process and how it relates to adaptive bitrate streaming.

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.

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