Posts tagged ‘video technology’

August 6th, 2013

Content Creation Best Practices

by Asef.Ahmed

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If you are an enterprise chances are that you are or have thought about using video to enhance your organization’s activities.  There are already a variety of established use cases- from internal communications, knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and employee engagement all the way to marketing, profiling employees and user generated content. But now that you can use your video across your enterprise-how do you produce high-quality content cheaply and quickly?

This is where content creation companies such as videoBIO come into play. videoBIO assists companies with content creation through their cloud-based “Do it Yourself” content generation tools and a variety of globally available services such as video capture, editing, and full production. What content creation companies are really addressing is the larger topic of “employees as content”- companies featuring their employees as the spokesperson for the brand “you are your brand”.

Join Kaltura and videoBIO on August 8th for a webinar that will show you how companies are achieving this and teach you how to simplify video content creation in the distributed enterprise. We will cover specific case studies that demonstrate how to:

 

  • Create a branded sales presentation in minutes
  • Engage your customer by generating user generated video contests, ideation and feedback surveys
  • Create video profiles and video bios for your national team without having to fly them to a studio
  • Deliver personalized professional video email messages while maintaining a company wide branded message
  • Deliver the latest information to your clients with a personalized video cover letter.
  • Encourage feedback, engagement and interaction from your customers with user generated video surveys and contests.
  • Maintain communication and interaction with your global team using video questionnaires and interview

This free and informative webinar will provide you with great tips for video screening and recruiting, branding, collaboration, communication, and much more. The date (Thursday August 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM EST) is approaching quickly so make sure you register today!

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February 12th, 2013

Kaltura’s CEO shares his insight about the company’s past and future (Video)

by Gal Nachshon

The following article was published on Beet.TV, on February 11, by Megan O’Neill. In it Kaltura’s Chairman and CEO, Ron Yekutiel, discusses the company’s evolution to date and where it is heading.

 

When open source video platform Kaltura first launched, it appealed primarily to the media vertical, as the media industry was the first to use video online.

However, CEO Ron Yekutiel tells us, that “with the message of openness and ease of integration and flexibility,” it became clear that Kaltura had the opportunity to appeal across a much more diverse spectrum of online video users and use cases. Yekutiel spoke with us about how Kaltura is expanding into the arenas of education and enterprise in an interview at the recent Beet.TV executive retreat.

In higher education, Yekutiel says that Kaltura has begun developing solutions that integrate into learning management systems, like Blackboard, Sakai and Moodle that are already being used in schools.

Kaltura provides a plugin that allows schools to incorporate video into these systems, and is already being used in hundreds of schools. We learned more about Kaltura’s integration with learning management systems from EMEA Account Director Sergio Cardoso at the Online Educa Conference in Berlin last December.

In the coming months, Yekutiel says that Kaltura will expand their functionality in educational systems even further with lecture-capture, making it easier for schools to provide students with video content of lectures. “We’re working to provide full solutions that would…make it easier, more affordable and more streamlined to capture lecture information.”

Yekutiel sees enterprise as similar to education because “training and education is something that you do at schools, but then again you do it at your workplace everyday.” He says, “There’s no one centralized location within corporations to really harness the power of video or harness the power of rich media to enable you to do your job better.” Kaltura is filling this niche with an enterprise solution that not only lets businesses use the platform to make videos public, but also to create a local video service—a “corporate YouTube”—where employees can access and share internal video content.

 

Therefore, and as seen, plenty of work has been already accomplished by the Kaltura team in order to accommodate all three verticals of Media, Education, and Enterprise, and we are looking forward to see further development and usage of Online Video across all three and more.

 

December 25th, 2011

RTMP VOD and Live Streaming Using Red5 and Kaltura CE 4

by Roni Cohen

This post assumes you have Kaltura CE4 and Red5  installed and configured for webcam recording, if you don’t read this post.

In this final video post about Kaltura CE4 and Red5 integration, we will show how to enable RTMP delivery and live streaming.

 

RTMP delivery and live streaming using Red5

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December 23rd, 2011

Webcam Recording On Kaltura CE4 Using Red5

by Roni Cohen

This post assumes you have a working Kaltura CE 4.0 server. To easily install CE4 check out “How to setup Kaltura CE 4.0 VMWare image in 15 minutes“.

Welcome to the second video tutorial in our video posts series on installing and using Kaltura CE 4.0.

In this post, we show how to use a webcam to capture video using the Kaltura Contribution Wizard in CE 4 and the open source Red5 media server. As always we try to keep the knowledge and steps as general as we can so the guide will fit any Kaltura installation (VMWare, Cloud, Install, On Prem, etc.).

Note, that different Linux distributions (Debian or Fedora) behave differently and often use different commands. While the below installation steps are the same, the specific commands may vary between distros (for example, in CentOS we use yum to install packages, while in Ubuntu the command will most likely be apt-get).

This video tutorial will guide you through installation of the Red5server and its configuration in Kaltura CE 4.0 for enabling webcam recording.

Red5 Installation and Webcam Support

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December 21st, 2011

Go Global with Kaltura Multi-Lingual Captions

by Vitaly.Shter

Kaltura has extended and improved support for multi lingual captions, allowing you to upload SRT or timed-text caption files directly to the KMC, in multiple languages and formats. Using multi-lingual captions, you can extend your reach to new audiences and geographies, increasing the number of views, click-through rates and monetization.


Captions Search App


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December 20th, 2011

Media Player UI Modifications Using UIVars

by Yaron Shapira and Mary Zvi

What are UIVars and Why should you care…

The Kaltura Players are built on a framework of an XML based flexible and customizable UI.

If you just read the above line and remained wondering, worry not! you don’t even have to be a developer to be able to modify player features by yourself, add plugins, modify skins or behaviors. Using the Player Studio, one can create as many Player instances that feature different styles, options and behaviors.

To simplify the management of many of the player features, Kaltura has implemented the “UIVars” to override and configure player features.

Kaltura UIVars are an incredibly powerful feature of the Kaltura Players which allows publishers to pre-set or override the value of any FlasVar (object level parameters), show, hide and disable existing UI element, add new plugins and UI elements to an existing player and modify attributes of all the player elements.

FlashVars are configuration variables that are set to the Kaltura Player in the HTML embed code (works for “regular” static embed, server-generated embed or JavaScript-generated embed).  A list of all the Kaltura Player FlashVars.

This post will take the reader through utilizing the Kaltura Players UIVars functionality and share a collection of the most common use cases that Kaltura’s customers came across with and how these can be easily achieved through the use of UIVars.

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December 18th, 2011

How To Increase Video SEO Using In-Video Chapters Driven By Cue-Points

by Roni Cohen

In the last post in Maximizing video SEO series we discussed how to take advantage of Kaltura’s platform and to make search engines understand the videos on your site.

This post will guide you how to make search engines identify your video chapters, thus recognizing more data from your video and increasing your video SEO.

 

Increase Video SEO using Chapters

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December 8th, 2011

Higher Education Video Boston User Group Meeting #2

by Zohar Babin

The second Boston Higher Ed Video User Group Meet Up took place at MIT just 2 days ago. With more than twice the number of participants from last meeting representing as many as 10 different states and 3 countries (!) – the group is growing in a very encouraging pace, an indicator to the great level of excitement around video in education.

Many thanks to our friends at MIT TechTV for hosting yet another great meetup.

The meetup opened with an introductions “round-table” of all people attending on site and online, followed by a short presentation about where we see Video in Education today, where it might go in the near future and how we should challenge today’s technology, methodologies and usage to be more social, more engaging and reach better personal and global results, leaving the majority of the meeting to an insightful open discussion.

Few meeting highlights -

  • What the future holds? How can we challenge the ways we use video today and what can be done better? (see the presentation below)
  • Mike Williams from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, shared their use of Google+ hangouts along with Docs for realtime collaboration. (Google+ hangouts integration seemed to be a hot topic!)
  • Various video editing tools, their pro’s and con’s and integration to management platform for more streamlined publishing. Tools that were mentioned: QuickTime XSnapZScreenflow, Camtasia Studio and Camtasia Relay (integrated with Kaltura).
  • Video creation methodologies; What is the best length of a video to keep the audience engaged? Will adding interactive layers (chapters, annotations, temporal comments) contribute to the overall viewing experience, or will it divert attention? – Read best practices creating media from: Stanford and MIT.
  • Front end video applications, “Custom YouTube”, such as Kaltura’s MediaSpace and MIT’s TechTV.
  • FERPA (Use of Student Information) tips and practices.

The presentation is available here -

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November 29th, 2011

Expand your Reach with the Kaltura Exchange Partner Program

by Luda Ruditsky

Having helped many ISVs, startups and organizations to increase their visibility and revenue via the Kaltura Exchange, we are delighted to expand our Technology Partner Program and invite more companies and developers to join. The Program is designed to provide our partners with the opportunities to enhance their own solutions with the Kaltura Online Video Platform capabilities, to build joint product and service offerings and to jointly develop marketing and sales strategies.

Kaltura‘s platform allows ISVs and developers to build and integrate a broad range of solutions and services to address a variety of requirements in different markets.

A quick look at the solution categories on the Kaltura Exchange can give you an idea of the types of solutions and services currently available.

See where you fit in!

Kaltura Exchange Overview
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November 22nd, 2011

Video Killed The Couch Potatoes – Introducing attracTV

by Tzahi.Sofer

This guest post is authored by Tzahi Sofer, CEO of attracTV. attracTV is a Kaltura Technology Partner and the first vidget (video widget) platform – Whether it’s social viewing, commercial transactions, searching for program-related information or any other interactive content, vidgets give publishers, advertisers and developers tools to engage viewers while they watch a video, and all these activities are tracked, monitored and analyzed.

 

There is no doubt that video has become a significant part of the world of online business. Online video viewing in general and Internet TV in particular are increasing dramatically. Top-of-the-line network content, together with live sporting events, concerts, etc. are bringing millions of people to spend more and more time viewing programs on their personal computers and mobile devices. Substantial resources are being poured into this effort. Audience growth has jumped as viewers have come to appreciate the flexibility of a high-quality, television-like viewing experience.

Somewhere along the line, we have overlooked the fact that these viewers are seasoned Internet users who are not satisfied with a static viewing experience.

Introducing the attracTV vidgets platform. This new integration connects publishers’ vidgets account at attracTV with their Kaltura players and videos. In addition, developers can develop vidgets on top of attracTV’s platform and make them available to publishers.

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