AWS Rolls Out New Media Intelligence Solutions

AWS has released AWS Media Intelligence (AWS MI), a combination of services that empower you to easily integrate AI into your media content workflows. AWS MI allows you to analyze your media, improve content engagement rates, reduce operational costs, and increase the lifetime value of media content. With AWS MI, you can choose turnkey solutions from participating AWS Partners or use AWS Solutions to enable rapid prototyping. These solutions cover four important use cases: content search and discovery, captioning and localization, compliance and brand safety, and content monetization.

The demand for media content in the form of audio, video and images is growing at an unprecedented rate. Consumers are relying on content not only to entertain, but also to educate and facilitate purchasing decisions. To meet this demand, media content production is exploding. However, the process of producing, distributing, and monetizing this content is often complex, expensive and time consuming. Applying AI and machine learning (ML) capabilities like image and video analysis, audio transcription, machine translation, and text analytics can solve many of these problems. AWS continues to invest with leading technology and consulting partners to meet customer requests for ready-to-use ML capabilities across the most popular use cases.

AWS Media Intelligence use cases
AWS MI solutions are powered by AWS AI services, like Amazon Rekognition for image and video analysis, Amazon Transcribe for audio transcription, Amazon Comprehend for natural language comprehension, and Amazon Translate for language translation.

As a result, AWS MI can process and analyze media assets to automatically generate metadata from images, video, and audio content for downstream workloads at scale. Together, these solutions support AWS MI’s four primary use cases:

  • Search and discovery
  • Subtitling and localization
  • Compliance and brand safety
  • Content monetization

Search and discovery
Search and discovery use cases utilize AWS image and speech recognition capabilities to perform automatic metadata tagging on media assets and object identification such as logos and characters to create searchable indexes. Historically, humans would manually review and annotate content to facilitate search. This reduces the amount of human-led annotation, content production costs, and highlight generation efforts. AWS Partners CLIPr, Dalet, EditShare, Empress Media Asset Management, Evertz, GrayMeta, IMT, Keycore, Quantiphi, PromoMii, SDVI, Starchive, Synchronized, and TrackIt all offer off-the-shelf solutions built on top of AWS AI/ML technology to meet highly specific customer needs.

Customers who are using Search and discovery solutions include TF1, a French free-to-air television channel owned by TF1 Group. They work with Synchronized, an AWS MI

Technology Partner who provides turnkey search and discovery solutions for broadcasters and over the top (OTT) platforms.

“Due to the ever-increasing size of the MYTF1 catalog, manual delivery of editorial tasks, such as the creation of thumbnails, is no longer scalable,” says Nicolas Lemaitre, the Digital Director for the TF1 Group. “Synchronized’s Media Intelligence solution and its applied artificial intelligence allow us to automate part of these tasks and enhance our premium content. We can now process bulk video content rapidly and with high quality control reducing cost and time to market.”

Subtitling and localization
Subtitling and localization use cases increase user engagement and reach by using AWS’s speech recognition and machine translation services to produce subtitles in the languages that cater to a diverse audience. CaptionHub and EEG are AWS Partners that combine their own expertise with AWS AI/ML capabilities to offer rich subtitling and localization solutions.

As an international financial services provider, Allianz SE offers over 100 million customers worldwide products and solutions in insurance and asset management. They work with CaptionHub, an AWS Technology

Partner who provides an AI-powered platform for enterprise subtitles powered by Amazon Transcribe and Amazon Translate.

“Video is a fast growing tool for internal education and external marketing for Allianz, globally,” says Steve Flynn, the marketing manager at Allianz. “We had a large backlog of videos that we needed to transcribe where speed of production was the imperative factor. With AWS Partner CaptionHub, we have been able to speed up the initial transcription and translation of captions by using speech recognition and machine translation. I am producing the captions in 1/8th of the time I did before. The speech recognition accuracy has been impressive and adds a new dimension of professionalism to our videos. ”

Compliance and brand safety
With fully managed image, video or speech analysis APIs, compliance and brand safety capabilities make it easy to detect inappropriate, unwanted, or offensive content to increase brand safety and comply with content standards or regional regulations. AWS Partners offering Compliance and brand safety solutions include Dalet, EditShare, GrayMeta, Quantiphi and SDVI.

SmugMug is a photo sharing,

photo hosting service, and online video company that operates two large Internet-scale platforms: SmugMug & Flickr.

“As a large, global platform, unwanted content is extremely risky to the health of our community and can alienate photographers,” says Don MacAskill, the co-founder, CEO, & Chief Geek at Smugmug. “We use Amazon Rekognition’s content moderation feature to find and properly flag unwanted content, enabling a safe and welcoming experience for our community. Especially at Flickr’s huge scale, doing this without Amazon Rekognition is nearly impossible. Now, thanks to content moderation with Amazon Rekognition, our platform can automatically discover and highlight amazing photography that more closely matches our members’ expectations, enabling our mission to inspire, connect, and share.”

Content monetization
Lastly, you can boost ROI with AWS’s newest content monetization solutions that are contextual and effective. This is an area in which ML drives innovation that aims to deliver the right ads at the right time to the right consumer based on context. Contextual advertising increases advertisers return on investment while minimizing disruption to viewers. With content monetization solutions, you can generate rich metadata from audio and visual assets that allows you to optimize ad insertion placement and automatically identify sponsorship opportunities. Any organization seeking online media advertising optimization can benefit from solutions from AWS Partners Infinitive, Quantiphi, TrackIt, or TripleLift.

TripleLift is an AWS Technology Partner that provides a programmatic advertising platform powered by AWS MI. Tastemade, a leading food and lifestyle brand, has deployed TripleLift ad experiences in over 200 episodes of their programming.

“TripleLift’s deep learning-based video analysis provides us with a scalable solution for finding thousands of moments for inserting integrated ad experiences in programming, supplementing a high touch marketing function with artificial intelligence,” says Jeff Imberman, Tastemade’s Head of Sales and Brand Partnerships.

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