VBrick is committed to responding to the needs of our customers and keeping ahead of the market by offering continued enhancements to our enterprise video platform in 2016. Our April Rev release brings several exciting updates including a new native HTML5 Player, advanced speech search capabilities and several new webcast event and recording features.
Our new plug-in less HTML5 Player launches our player stack into the future, offering seamless multicast to unicast fail-over so that if multicast fails during a live broadcast, it will dynamically fail-over to unicast. This new player will be used for most unicast HTTP content including HLS live and on-demand and thus our reliance on Flash is significantly reduced. Also, the new player enables subtitles on not only desktop but mobile players as well, which aids mobile users in noisy locations, such as an airport, or the hearing impaired to view live webcasts wherever they are. There is nothing to install and nothing to set up to enable the new player, as Rev intelligently and automatically selects the appropriate player based on stream type and browser combination.
Another significant enhancement is around our video search capability, through our integration with VoiceBase, to provide on-demand transcription services and advanced speech search capabilities. Previously Rev already supported subtitles, the ability to upload SRT files, as well as provide speech search but now this integration advances our feature set even further. With just one click you can send a video for transcription to VoiceBase and receive an SRT file back that is automatically uploaded into Rev, enabling closed captions to desktop and mobile players. These same subtitle files also power Rev’s speech search feature that allows users to search a word or phrase and find the video that contains that keyword match within your library, as well as go right to the precise points in a particular video where the search term is mentioned.
Finally, this release includes several new webcasting and recording features. Rev now automatically uses the titles from PowerPoint slides in a webcast presentation to create bookmarks or chapters which are clickable, enabling users to jump to a desired point in a video. The chapter titles and transition times can be edited within the video before content admins release the recording to their audience. This allows content admins to refine messaging and to correct the syncing of slide progression if, for example, someone forgot to advance a slide during the webcast. Admins also now have the ability to remove webcast slides prior to video release in case they find a typo or if there is some info they simply don’t want to share. This release offers enhanced rich text descriptions for video and webcasts that provide you added flexibility, including styling options and external linking capabilities. Finally, event admins and moderators can now remove attendees from a webcast if they discover someone is on the event that shouldn’t be or if there is an unruly attendee who is disrupting an event.
Watch the April release overview: