Vid.Watch’s Fully-Automated AI Video Previews

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Video previews are simply everywhere these days. It’s just impossible to ignore this amazing upgrade in user experience! There are 3-second video previews on YouTube, 6-second video previews on Google search, and 30-second video previews on Netflix. What platform doesn’t use video previews? Yet, like much everything else in the world, not all “video previews” are created equal. Not all video previews provide the same user experience, and not all VOD providers and publishers use them for the same purpose.

A short 3-second video preview will obviously not provide the same user experience as a 6, 10 or even 30 second video preview. While a super short video preview may have the look and feel more of an an ad – and therefore will be most likely used to promote paid content by autoplaying it – longer video previews provide an improved user experience and help the user make more rewarding decisions regarding the content they’re about to watch.

Different VOD providers and different publishers like to suggest different user experiences to their customers, depending on their KPIs, brand, website structure and audience type. At Vid.Watch we support a long list of templates and configurations for video previews based on multiple parameters. Our platform can – through programmed code – choose to display the most engaging video preview for each and every content type and user profile (Vid.Watch Maximize™). However, in this post, we will not expand upon this, or look at Maximization solutions, but instead focus on the quality of our video previews and the superior video browsing experience they generate. An experience that truly is second to none!

Vid.Watch’s Video Previews Vs. X-first Seconds Video Previews

We could always keep writing about how amazing our platform is, about what a superior browsing experience we provide to our customers’ users but… it’s much better to just demonstrate it!

Using the following posts you will experience examples of video previews that are generated by our fully-automated “AI video previews generator” compared to the front running alternatives.

This time we will contrast a Vid.Watch 10-second video preview to an alternative video preview that runs through the first 10 seconds of a well known movie. We will explain why the X-first-Seconds platform can not be used for video browsing, and also provide some highlights regarding the way Vid.Watch always delivers exactly what every customer needs.

Users will settle for nothing less than the very best experience

Let’s take a look at the movie Kill Bill Vol. 1.

If we take the first 10-seconds of this movie, we get the following video preview (this is not what we do, but an example):

Vid.Watch’s video preview for Kill Bill Vol. 1:

NOT Vid.Watch:

It’s quite clear that after watching the first-10-seconds of this movie, while browsing for video content on a VOD platform, that it will only make users frustrated. If the user doesn’t know what ‘Kill Bill’ is, and is trying to make a decision as to watch it or not, displaying the first-10-seconds, which are slow and ineffective at highlighting the story, will only see users switching off. Instead of engaging its users, it will frustrate them, annoyed that you wasted their time with a video preview that doesn’t help them choose a video they want to watch.

In fact, most openings of movies and series episodes are just not relevant for previews:

  • With lots of titles and credits, they are not relevant for engaging users.
  • They will most likley be super slow, and when only a few seconds into the video preview, you’ll lose your users – they will watch other movies or leave your website, angry that you tried to promote content without delivering a message!
  • With TV series all episodes start with the same opening, displaying the logo and credits etc. Now imagine, browsing through a TV series’ episodes only to see the same video preview again and again and…

Your users deserve, require and demand a superior user experience and they have no reason to compromise. Any you know what, with Vid.Watch they don’t have to!

A great video preview is worth more than a thousand words!

Now, let’s experience the output of Vid.Watch Previews™, which intelligently picks the highlights of a video, based on computer vision and artificial intelligence algorithms. It’s easy to see that the story is delivered in an amazing way, with extremely professional video editing and an engaging storyline. It doesn’t feel like the usual trim of X-first-Seconds, or a cut and paste mess from several frames of a movie. It instead delivers exactly what customer’s want.

Quality Of User Experience Is Key

Keith Hernandez, Bleacher Report’s svp of strategy recently said: “The quality of user experience is key. You want an active, not passive, viewer, that’s so excited about what you’re doing that they want to share it.”

It’s no loger enough to upload videos to your website and display a page full of static thumbnails. Your users expect, need, in fact demand a high quality interactive user experience.

Of course it’s impossible to manually promote all your online video content by creating a superior and engaging manual teaser to each video.

With the increasing amounts of online videos and when video is gaining a significant role in any digital experience – the ones that will provide the most amazing user experience in this new era, will last and lead. Always ask yourself – Does my website generate an amazing user experience that makes my users stick to my brand? Love it? Proud of it? Share it? And there’s no better way than seeing real analytics numbers that show an amazing increase in performance.

If you too need to automatically display engaging, high-quality video previews on your website and mobile apps, if you too want to improve your click-through-rates and user engagement and if you care about user experience and want to remain at the top, or if you have additional questions – reach out to us, at [email protected], we’re always ready to help!

2017: The year that video browsing experience will be remembered

From the early days of “automatic video generation” of trailers for YouTubers and bloggers, to our scalable SaaS platform for publishers and VOD providers, we’ve come a long way.

When we started to work on Vid.Watch we wanted to help YouTubers and bloggers reach ever bigger audiences, to establish and increase their revenues from video content.

How did we do it?

Well, we’ve built an intelligent and scalable SaaS platform that analyzes and measures what type of trailer or promo will have the best performance for each video’s content, and which trailer will engage each type of user. We have established how to secure success!

We’ve put every ounce of focus and talent that we have on building the most beautiful and engaging video trailers; ones that only look and feel as if a professional video editor has created them. “Computer vision” and “deep-learning algorithms” are used to intelligently pick highlights from each movie, all the while making sure to take into account that different trailers engage different users: Not every customer responds to the same message.

We quickly discovered a market that benefits enormously from our smart solutions. We recognized that our platform – built-to-scale – perfectly matches large websites that uploads thouands of videos each day – and that means publishers and VOD providers, just like you.

Two years ago when we were imagining what Vid.Watch should look like on a publisher or a VOD site, it is in no way surprising that we knew video previews would play a significant role. It just couldn’t be any other way.

At that time online video had become increasingly important, consumers were already comfortable with using the Internet to watch TV, and Facebook announced that within a year or two the social network would be mostly video based. With an ever increasing amount of video content on publishers’ websites and VOD providers, it was clear that something needed to be done in regards to the online video browsing experience.

By incopproating the world’s top engineering and video experts we’ve managed to build the absolute best video preview generator available.

From our first clients, both publishers and VOD providers alike, we’ve seen amazing performance thanks to our solutions, and we are immensley proud to say we’ve managed to significantly improve our customers’ user experience and increase their user engagement.


We’ve developed our own highly optimized video preview player that perfectly handles any amount of video on any site, without putting any individual computer’s CPU or RAM under any undue pressure.

While online video content and some other video players can make your website CPU usage sky-rocket, Vid.Watch’s preview player plays any video format by delivering the perfect user experience.

Fast forwarding to 2017: Displaying video previews while browsing for video content has become a world standard – Google, YouTube, Gmail, Oath (Yahoo+AOL+..), Netflix, voot.com (Viacom18), India Today, Facebook and many more media outlets already use this video browsing experience.

This new video user interface uses video more broadly to make content viable in real time, helps viewers decide whether to watch a video and can be viewed almost anywhere. As publishers and VOD providers that upload dozens or even thousands of videos each day, you probably know you have less than 1.5 minutes to capture a users’ attention and get them excited about a title – that’s why introducing video previews into the video browsing experience is so valuable.

If you are still confused about what a video preview is – here’s an explanation: A video preview is a specifically generated video outline that helps viewers click more confidently by highlighting the story.

They aren’t like the traditional movie trailers that you are familiar with from your TV and movie theater experiences; nor are they animated gifs, which are mostly used for online advertisements. Vid.Watch’s proven numbers show that people, who see our video previews, not only watch more but are engaged more.

Our smart learning platform generates and decides which video preview will mostly engage your users, and the results – as proven time and again – are just amazing.

Vid.Watch’s video previews are available on any device, any browser and any App. They work within a minimal production time, can be launched on any website within less than 24h, and are generated by the most intelligent platform that makes everything look and feel like magic.

Publishers and VOD providers that want their online video experience to evolve to one that provides greater choice, better context, and a richer representation – that offer a more consumer-friendly experience – are already displaying our video previews.

As video continually plays a bigger part in our lives so will it continue to play an increasing role for both publishers and VOD websites, especially when they enhance the global video experience.

We are continually researching and developing the best video browsing experience generator in the world, and hope you enjoy Vid.Watch’s video previews: Happy browsing!

Vid.Watch. Always with you.

Greetings from DMexco 2017: Come and meet us!

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Greetings from DMexco 2017! The conference is already in full gear—we hope you are enjoying the mingling, the talks, and the ever-flowing beer and bratwurst!

If you happen to be taking part in the festivities, come and meet us. We would be happy to talk about the new video browsing experience standard, about user engagement and the monetization opportunities that come with our recently launched editorial control.

 

 

Promote paid content with Vid.Watch’s video previews

We’re excited to introduce you our newest editorial control, the perfect way to integrate product placement with your video content. We’ve combined four powerful capabilities into the editorial control to help you generate revenues.

fav 32Product Placement Choose three frames that must be part of the video preview. Promote content from the movie and monetize it

fav 32Call To Action Add Call-To-Action (CTA) at the end of the video preview.

fav 32Replace video preview with paid content Replace a movie preview with a short video that big brands/advertisers pay you for

fav 32Decide where to show video previews on your website For example, add it only to your paid video content at the bottom of your home page to increase revenues

More to come. But for now – happy browsing, happy monetizing!