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Video Transcription: Automated Audio to Text

Video Transcription: Automated Audio to Text

Transcribing audio can be a slow process. For those looking for a solution to scale or speed up video transcription, a solution is automated audio to text. This takes AI (artificial intelligence) and uses it to transcribe speech through combining information about grammar and language structure. Using this technology, content owners can start generating transcripts through simply uploading a file.

Note: some of these topics were covered in our Simplify Your Corporate Video Strategy webinar, with the archived version available for immediate viewing.


Pay-Per-View Video and Paywall Solutions

Pay-Per-View Video and Paywall Solutions

Looking to monetize your video assets or live streams? Interested in pay-per-view (PPV)? Pay-per-view video and paywalls solutions offer content owners a method to create a revenue stream from live broadcasts or on-demand video libraries. This enables organizations to sell their content to viewers, having them pay to access content.

This article describes this process, talks about adding a paywall to your content, strategies and use cases for pay-per-view. For those who prefer a video version, check out our Earn Revenue with Pay-Per-View Video. Although branded as Ustream, the webinar is also valid for IBM Cloud Video.


Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 Winner

Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards 2017 Winner

Winners for the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 have now been announced. Representing the online video industry’s shining stars as selected by users, categories ranged from cloud based solutions, like the Live Streaming Platform category, to physical offerings, like Encoding Hardware (Live). This year, IBM Cloud Video took home three awards at the ceremony in the following categories:

– Live Streaming Platform
– End-to-End Workflow Solution
OTT Platform for MSO and MVPD

For more information on the awards, including our history at them, please read on.


Secure Video Hosting and Viewer Tracking

Secure Video Hosting and Viewer Tracking

83% of executives see securing video content as important. As a result, organizations need a cost effective way to deliver content through secure video hosting. This encompasses both the ability to limit access to authorized individuals and also accountability, the ability to verify that employees viewed critical content.

This article explains the need for video security within organizations and then details the multitude of content restrictive features available. It then discusses utilizing viewer tracking functionality to track who is watching, going over what type of data can be extracted. The piece concludes by reviewing the Q&A module, which adds additional opportunities for employee engagement and valuable organization facing feedback.


Create Video News Feeds Using Player SDKs

Create Video News Feeds Using Player SDKs

Looking to create video news feeds in a way that caters to mobile viewers?

Many customers have asked how they can recreate a Facebook-like video experience with embedded videos. To address this, IBM Cloud Video has developed a player SDK that includes autoplay and pre-buffering functionalities. Due to the pre-buffering logic, video content starts with virtually no delay and will pause automatically when a user scrolls past it. Ultimately this gives viewers a quick, smooth video playback experience comparable with mainstream social networks, but created under your own brand.

To achieve this, developers can use the SDKs to create an app, for Android or iOS, that will present large libraries of content in an easily scrollable, skimmable format for end users.


Convert Video Speech to Text with Watson

Convert Video Speech to Text with Watson

Closed captions have grown to be an important part of the video experience. While they assist the hearing impaired in enjoying video content, a study in the UK discovered that 80% of closed caption use was from those with no hearing impairment. 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 Act and 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, the ability to identify words and phrases in spoken language and convert them to text. This offers content owners a way to quickly and cost effectively provide captions for their videos. To address this, IBM Cloud Video is introducing the ability to convert video speech to text through IBM Watson.


Dynamic Video Playlist: How to Create and Use

Dynamic Video Playlist: How to Create and Use

Looking for ways to simplify managing your video playlists? Need to create playlists that will update themselves? According to Wainhouse Research, almost one in five (19%) organizations report that they add at least 25 hours of video to their corporate libraries each month. These increasing libraries present challenges to improve methods to manage content in a way that promotes accessibility. A dynamic video playlist is part of the solution for this, giving content owners a way to quickly produce playlists that will automatically update with new content. This is done through creating playlists that populate content based on certain criteria, and then will update that playlist as new videos meet the same conditions. Criteria can range from content found in titles and descriptions, but also through using information found in custom metadata fields as well.

This article describes what is a dynamic video playlist, what are the use cases, the user experience and also how you can create them as well.


Direct HLS Video Streaming to M3U8

Direct HLS Video Streaming to M3U8

Are you looking for a service that can provide HLS compatible live and on-demand video output? This article provides details around using IBM Cloud Video for direct HLS video streaming and the associated M3U8 manifest file format. Using this approach bypasses other methods from IBM Cloud Video such as our web based player, API based player offerings and our player SDKs.

To help guide content owners, this article discusses what is HLS and M3U8. It then outlines the benefits and uses cases for this approach, such as using third party players. It then covers what features are and are not available in this approach, letting content owners make an informed decision on their delivery strategy.


How to Setup a Live Stream in 8 Steps

How to Setup a Live Stream in 8 Steps

Want to know how to setup a live stream?

This article walks you through 8 steps from start to finish in terms of managing the sources and settings for your live stream. This includes everything from choosing a video source and lighting, to a live encoder and managing your connection. If you consider yourself already setup on the video and audio side, skip to step 4. However, if you want to know more about this step of the process or are considering establishing a studio, please read our Video Studio Recommendations guide.

  1. Camera or other video source selection
  2. Lighting setup
  3. Audio source selection
  4. Choosing a delivery method
  5. Selecting an encoder for live streaming
  6. Inputting encoder settings
  7. Securing a stable upload speed
  8. Transcoding


Multi-Tiered Distribution for ECDN

Multi-Tiered Distribution for ECDN

Interested in delivering internal video to large, potentially massive audiences? Are you running into delivery issues not at the service level, but due to congestion caused at the ISP level?

IBM Cloud Video’s ECDN was created to address this need. However, large network setups have still seen congestion issues from their video applications due to multiple video distribution servers pulling videos into the enterprise network through a central ISP connection. To address the challenge resulted from hub-and-spoke network architectures IBM Cloud Video has introduced a multi-tiered distribution approach for ECDN. This creates a distribution hierarchy to further resolve congestion issues for some setups. In situations like a hub-and-spoke network, where there are central hubs that are gone through for Internet access, users might go through a regional server instead to remove strain that might originally have been placed on the hub.

Read on to learn more about this approach and the hub-and-spoke network setups that will benefit from it.


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