At this year’s NAB Show, while some of the focus on artificial intelligence could be attributed to mainstream buzz over new generative AI tools like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, broadcast vendors have been working on AI-based products for several years to tackle the more labor-intensive parts of the broadcast workflow. Pictured: Adobe’s text-based editing, in which the audio in news feeds is automatically transcribed upon ingest and displayed in a transcription window to the left of the editing interface.
Armed with automation facility, AI and a move to the cloud, compliance monitoring has moved far beyond baseline capabilities and into content repurposing and ad monitoring, among other features. Next up is more audience data via ATSC 3.0 and readying to meet forthcoming OTT compliance needs. Pictured: Nexstar uses the Clip Factory feature of its Actus QA/Compliance system to clip original content back to broadcast.
The results can be astonishing: crisp, beautiful, fantastical and sometimes eerily realistic. But they can also be muddy and grotesque: warped faces, gobbledygook street signs and distorted architecture.
AI Lightens The Newsgathering Load
Broadcasters continue to turn to artificial intelligence for help with a widening array of tasks heavy on manual process from surfacing trending topics and content to generating transcriptions, tagging with metadata, offering facial and object recognition and offering help with clips, rights management and moderation.
What Happens Next For Tegna?
XL8, a Silicon Valley tech company providing AI-powered machine translation technology optimized for media content, will unveil its MediaCAT platform for AI-based media localization at IBC 2022, Booth #6C29. This web-based platform adds asset management, editing, and automation capabilities to complement XL8’s existing content services. MediaCAT can automatically extract lines from media content, match the […]
TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Aimee Rinehart and Ernest Kung of the Associated Press about a new report gauging how widely — or not — artificial intelligence and automation are being implemented in newsrooms, how sophisticated its functionalities are becoming and what that means for jobs. Learn more about AP’s report and a free online course series on news and AI here.
The report is based on survey results from nearly 200 newsrooms across all 50 states and more than two dozen in-depth interviews with local news leaders. Print, radio, television and digital outlets are represented, as well as commercial and nonprofit operations. In addition to demonstrating a readiness to adopt AI and automation technologies, the report outlines what local news providers need to drive technological innovation. To address many of the needs highlighted in the report, AP will offer a free online curriculum beginning next month, open to all U.S. news outlets. It will feature live, virtual workshops and recorded tutorials. International news outlets will have access to all recorded sessions.
Going Back To The Well To Boost TV News Audiences
Newsletters, documentaries, citizen journalism and better-quality UGC are driving better-engaged viewers in higher numbers to stations, leaders from Tegna, Graham Media and Sinclair said at a TVNewsCheck webinar last Friday, where they made clear that quality trumped novelty.
Cloud Dominates Devoncroft Discourse
Public cloud technology has moved into the realm of widespread broadcaster acceptance, discussions at this week’s Devoncroft Partners’ Executive Summit confirmed, although there’s wariness that legacy vendors can make the transition along with them. Labor shortages and supply chain problems also surfaced as major concerns.
As the virus spread across the world, governments and health authorities made a considerable amount of open-source data available to the public.
Technology executives from WarnerMedia, Sinclair and Hearst said at a recent TVNewsCheck webinar that they’re tackling the content management challenge amplified by the pandemic by using cloud storage and leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve indexing and searching.
Widespread remote production, the rise of streaming, and a need for content sharing have put the spotlight on how and where to archive and how to update content management. Leading industry engineers talk about what they’ve learned as they’ve streamlined production and created new workflows and about where they are in their journey to the […]
New normal mandates next-generation broadcast compliance solutions
Actus Digital’s compliance system is an essential tool for customers enabling media companies to monitor content while working remotely. We are one of the only vendors that offer a unified solution for compliance, monitoring, quality assurance, video analysis, advanced clips creation for social, OTT monitoring, multiviewer capabilities, automatic clipping, keywords alerts, speech-to-text, configuration changes, and ads detection — all remotely.
In its post-Volicon period, compliance monitoring companies vying to fill the void are expanding their offerings; tapping artificial intelligence for automation and cloud-based methods; and building more versatile tools. Above, TAG Video recently received certification to monitor Dolby Atmos.
In a post-Volicon landscape, broadcasters are scrambling to replace their compliance and monitoring services. They face vastly different regulatory requirements for OTT in doing so, but also an upside of new features including AI, on-prem, cloud or hybrid options and built-in tools for analysis and sales. Above, Mediaproxy’s LogPlayer is a cross-platform HTML5 user interface that facilitates seamless access to media and metadata across a network of global deployed LogServers.
Artificial intelligence has been touted for several years as a potential tool for cleaning up the metadata in broadcasters’ archives and making old clips more easily retrievable. COVID-19’s role in scuttling much live programming may finally push AI’s value for MAMs into the foreground.
Artificial intelligence continues to help news organizations automate more taxing workflows. AI is making ongoing progress with autoclipping to generate news and sports highlights, metadata tagging and accelerating live research and real time content indexing. It’s also pushing into new fronts like delivering smooth slow motion without a super slow motion camera. Above: AI drives EVS’s new Overcam for offside camera positions during soccer games and reduces the need for camera operators for those locations.
Maria Bartiromo, Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel anchor and global markets editor, will present an hour-long investigative documentary special on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. ET, highlighting the future of the artificial intelligence (AI) industry and its impact on business. During the report, Bartiromo travels across the country, gaining exclusive access to top business […]
Newsrooms Getting Smarter About AI
Artificial intelligence in news is evolving beyond metadata tags. It can now help news organizations find and monetize content, generate silent videos and highlights reels and even predict trending news, and ABC News and the CBC are among the broadcasters experimenting with its capabilities.
Artificial Intelligence is coming to the media and advertising world, and the changes that have roiled the industry are only going to continue, according to some of the top planners and strategists at media agencies. Media planners and strategists make the big calls on the best way for advertisers to reach their target audiences. Their jobs have become more complicated as technology has given consumers more choices in where and how to view content, as well as the ability to skip commercials they don’t want to watch.
AI isn’t just a future dream for local news organizations. Its early applications have already arrived, and wider adoption and lower costs will mean an increased presence in a range of roles, experts say.
From makeup artists in Venezuela to women in conservative parts of India, people around the world are doing the digital equivalent of needlework —drawing boxes around cars in street photos, tagging images, and transcribing snatches of speech that computers can’t quite make out. This burgeoning but largely unseen cottage industry represents the foundation of a technology that could change humanity forever.
BBC’s Trushar Barot says the news industry needs to make artificial intelligence an industry priority. Users are becoming increasingly comfortable with voice as a means of interacting with their technology, he argues, and now is the time to experiment with new apps and skills on voice platforms, invest in R&D there and foster industry-wide forums and collaborations on this front.
Among other things, Google unveiled new ways for its massive network of computers to identify images, as well as recommend, share, and organize photos. It also is launching an attempt to make its voice-controlled digital assistant more proactive and visual while expanding its audience to Apple’s iPhone, where it will try to outwit an older peer, Siri.
A new capability in Nielsen Marketing Cloud, Nielsen Artificial Intelligence is designed to allow marketers to instantly act on changes in audience behavior that improve marketing relevance and results.
Although Google keeps its plans under wraps until the big event, the agenda of a conference today makes it clear that virtual reality and artificial intelligence, or “machine learning,” will be among the focal points. That has spurred speculation that Google is getting ready to release a virtual-reality device to compete with Facebook’s new Oculus Rift headset, as well as the Samsung’s Gear VR and the Vive from HTC and Valve.