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15 Streaming Tips for Live & On-Demand Video

15 Streaming Tips for Live & On-Demand Video

Looking for some tips to perfect your video content? How about 15 streaming tips for live and on-demand content?

This article covers 15 different pieces of advice to help along your live broadcast or improve on-demand content. There is a larger emphasis for live streaming on this list, as more preparation is involved, although some of this advice is universal or covers aspects after the stream is done that fall into on-demand territory.

If you are a bit more interested in the on-demand studio side of things, it’s recommended to also check out our Video Studio Recommendations white paper. This guide lists not just techniques to use in your studio, but also gives specific gear recommendations from microphones to lighting systems.

  1. Familiarize yourself with your equipment
  2. Test early
  3. Plan around lighting
  4. Don’t downplay your audio
  5. Know your upload speed
  6. Secure a stable connection
  7. Backup Internet source
  8. Stay organized
  9. Promote your live event
  10. Start your stream early
  11. Make the live stream interactive
  12. Utilize a CDN or CDNs to deliver your video
  13. Prepare for an on-demand version
  14. Record a local copy
  15. Create post event highlight clips


4 Ways on How to Make a Live Video Look Professional

4 Ways on How to Make a Live Video Look Professional

Think about today’s video viewing experience. Thanks to HD video, stereo sound, and high-pixel displays like the iPhone’s Retina feature — not to mention ever-higher bandwidth — entertainment and news video and audio is exceptionally clear, even for the lowliest smartphone or tablet.

Now, take that audience of viewers, accustomed to the very best HD video and deep stereo sound, and place them in front of a live streaming event that doesn’t have the same production values. Dark, blurry video and muffled audio won’t hold their attention, especially when you consider that online video drop off rates can run as high as 20 percent in the first 10 second of a video.

The good news for creators of live video is that even without a team of directors or a state-of-the-art video studio, it’s possible for organizations to up their game in terms of production quality. According to Jeff Irwin, customer success manager for IBM Cloud Video, a few simple fixes and some strategic and affordable equipment purchases can make any live stream look and sound better. So read on to learn how to make a live video look professional with these 4 proven methods. If you find this article useful too, be sure to check out our 5 Pro Tips for Live Video Production guide as well.


Fast Video Upload Speed: Aspera Connect Integration

Fast Video Upload Speed

Looking for fast video upload speeds? Need a bulk video uploader? IBM Cloud Video has recently added an Aspera Connect integration. This works over the Streaming Manager and Streaming Manager for Enterprise services.

The new integration brings with it a host of benefits that will aid those managing their video assets. These benefits include not just a faster upload speed, but a way to do so without harming other Internet activities like email and web. It also offers a more secure upload process, while taking advantage of being able to upload large file sizes or bulk upload numerous videos.


Video Playlists: How to Create & Edit Easily

Video Playlists: How to Create & Edit Easily

People are watching more and more streaming content, with year-over-year time spent watching streams growing almost 22% on desktops and 48% on mobiles as outlined in our Video Trends to Look for in 2017 webinar. Viewers like to watch more of a good thing too. This can be for education purposes, entertainment or discovering more about a product or topic. Organizing your video assets into easy-to-find video playlists can aid in more content being consumed, and take advantage of this growth in time devoted to streaming content.

To help in navigating video assets, IBM Cloud Video and Ustream have added a playlist feature. This enables content owners to create numerous playlists associated with on-demand videos. These videos can range from professionally edited assets to auto archives of earlier live streams.


To Win in Streaming Media Services, Get Clever with Data

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To Win in Streaming Media Services, Get Clever with Data

Verizon could be the latest to enter the fray in the well-populated streaming media services market. This summer, the telecommunications giant has potential plans to launch a new Netflix competitor. But there’s a problem: according to Derek O’Donnell, senior research analyst at Gartner, the average limit for subscriptions to online streaming services is three, and between Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, that leaves little room for another behemoth.

So how do streaming media services compete? The instinctive answer: get more data on your customers. But that’s not quite sufficient.

“There’s no one on the planet that has more data than the streaming services other than Google and Apple,” says Dan Rayburn, a consultant and speaker on the streaming video business. Essentially, Netflix and friends are already drowning in the same quantity of data as one another. “They obviously all know what their customers are watching and then use that data on the content they feature. It’s not like one has more data than the other.”

For streaming media services, finding a competitive advantage when they have the same data as their competitors means getting creative with that data—and using it to make smart decisions that will benefit their bottom line. While there are many ways to do this, here are a few top tips. For those looking to get an idea of how the market might change, though, and give themselves an edge, be sure to check out Outsmart your Video Competition with Watson white paper as well.


Inline Video Playback on Social Networks

Inline Video Playback on Social Networks

Looking to increase your audience? Want more eyeballs on your product launch? Larger viewership on your live event? Inline video playback on social networks, like Twitter and Facebook, can be a way to bolster your audience size.

This article describes what is inline playback on social networks, the advantages of using it, how to do inline video and the end user experience while including demos.

A lot of the use cases for inline video playback are relevant to marketing. Not all types of video marketing will want to use inline playback, though. In particular, those that are directed at lead generation. Watch our webinar on 9 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Video Marketing Strategy to get some ideas on if your content is brand awareness focused, and would benefit from inline playback, or if it’s more directed toward lead gen.


Enterprise Video Search & Discoverability

Enterprise Video Search & Discoverability

79% of executives with video content archives agree that a “frustration of using on-demand video is not being able to quickly find the piece of information I am looking for when I need it.” This data comes from a joint IBM Cloud Video and Wainhouse Research report, which interviewed 1,801 executives. That’s an overwhelming majority struggling with this issue, and as content archives grow with time it’s only going going to get more challenging.

One way to address this frustration, though, is by improving content discoverability. This can be through implementing a sophisticated enterprise video search and improving metadata for your video assets, ideally though methods that don’t also increase the time commitment to managing the video archive. This article talks about ways to improve asset discovery, why it should be something to strive for, and discusses recent updates using IBM Watson that are aimed at addressing these needs.


Streaming Video Jobs are On the Rise

Streaming Video Jobs are On the Rise

There are many jobs that didn’t exist a decade ago. Chief listening officer, social media manager and app developer were all unknown titles until recently. Streaming video jobs are another set to add to that list.

As the use of streaming video grows, more brands need a dedicated full-time employee to oversee its production. At the time of composing this article, job search sites Indeed, PBS Digital Studios and Allstate were all looking for video streaming specialists.

So what’s contributing to the position’s rise? As Business Insider noted, “While the concept of live streaming has been around for years, mobile-first video platforms with user-generated content have just recently begun to make serious waves thanks to improved video quality, faster broadband speeds, and enhanced mobile technology.” This increase in live streaming also has a trickle down effect for video on-demand as well. In fact, 19% of organizations are adding 25 hours of video content or more to their corporate libraries each month. This is in 2013, according to a joint IBM Cloud Video and Wainhouse Research report.

As the need for this role grows, workers who are adept at video production and can keep a cool head when the inevitable disruptions occur during live events will find a new outlet for their talents. Video integration into social and business platforms continue to fuel the growth of this industry, meaning the long-term outlook for such streaming video jobs is solid.


DIY Video Studio Setup on a Budget

DIY Video Studio Setup on a Budget

Once an organization decides to present streaming video on a regular basis, carving out space—and budget—for an in-house studio makes good sense. The prospect may sound daunting, but the studio doesn’t need to look like the headquarters at CNN : It can be equipped with the basics for somewhere in the $12,000-$15,000 range.

Brian Malone, CEO of video production company Malone Media, travels around the country working with companies, nonprofits and government organizations to share their messages through video. Here, he explains how with help from the IT department (and some smart hardware and software purchases), organizations can deliver streaming video on a few minutes’ notice. But first, they need a basic setup and equipment, and this article discusses approaching a DIY video studio setup while being mindful of the end budget.

If you are looking for an expanded guide on this subject, please reference our Video Studio Recommendations white paper.


Closed Captioning vs Subtitles

Closed Captioning vs Subtitles

Curious on adding text to your video content? Unsure on if you should do closed captions or subtitles, or even what the differences are between them? This article discusses what are subtitles and compares closed captioning vs subtitles to assist you on which to go with and why.


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