June 5, 2017 | Written by: Eric Hausken
Categorized: Cloud Video
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For content owners wanting to increase accessibility within a video, IBM Cloud Video has released a feature improvement for adding video chapter markers. These markers create moments within the asset that can be used to jump to that point in the video. This offers a way to make longer content still accessible, while new URL share points make distributing video to others even easier.
The improved chapter markers are setup by selecting moments on the video timeline. These can be as frequent or infrequent as needed. They can leap to specific moments, like during a webinar when a new agenda item is hit, to help viewers access parts that are most relevant to them.
One of the enhancements to this feature is compatibility with cloud based editing. For example, if a few minutes are trimmed from a video in the dashboard after already being uploaded, this does not impact the chapters. They will still link to the correct location in the video, regardless of what has been edited from the video outside of that moment.
The feature can also be used to generate URL share points. So not only is the chapter generated, but then content owners or other viewers can then share these with others through a URL. When clicked, the video will zip to the specific moment. These can then be distributed over email, or social network platforms as well.
Use cases for this are found around the idea of making content more accessible, useable and maintainable. For example, if an hour long presentation features 6 speakers, the content doesn’t have to be broken up into 6 videos. Instead, it can remain as one so people can watch the full thing while viewers just looking for a particular segment can jump to that speaker and see their presentation only.
Want to hear more about creating chapters and discover more use cases?
Learn more about video chapter markers here.