DENVER — Feb. 28, 2017 — Wazee Digital, a leading provider of cloud-native video management and licensing services, today announced that new HD and 4K content is available for licensing through its Wazee Digital Commerce portal from Ottawa, Ontario-based Skyward Kick Productions. Skyward Kick specializes in extreme sports video but also produces projects ranging from corporate training videos and advertising to award-winning cinema [...]
The two follow-up questions I’ve been asked my entire life: “Is that a family name?”, and “Is your dad in the military?” See, my first name sounds somewhat normal but always needs repeating. Multiple times, and usually followed with a “sounds like” clue. The military question comes up after people learn that in 10th grade I was starting my 11th school. By that time, I had lived in four different states and 12 different houses[...]
Advanced Metadata Unlocks the Value of a Video Library
DENVER — Feb. 22, 2017 — Wazee Digital, a leading provider of cloud-native video management and licensing services, today announced a technology partnership with Paladin, the enterprise platform for next-generation media companies. Through the partnership, Wazee Digital will use Paladin’s Rights Monitor toolset to strengthen digital rights management (DRM) services on YouTube for key rights holders and content partners, including major college sports organizations [...]
There once was a boy named Hadley Wrights (Had for short), the owner of a vast collection of baseball cards that he had meticulously collected, bought, and traded for over the years. This collection was his pride and joy, easily the best collection in town. Unfortunately, no one other than Had, or the inside of his closet, could see his collections for years Had’s friends had begged him to show him his cards, to share the joy of seeing some of those iconic cards and even try to make some money by displaying them on special occasions. He liked that idea but thought it was too much trouble [...]
DENVER — Feb. 14, 2017 — Wazee Digital, a leading provider of cloud-native video management and licensing services, today announced that National Geographic Creative has upgraded its Wazee Digital-powered licensing portal to support 4K content transcoding and delivery to its customers, which include content creators, filmmakers, and documentarians. NatGeoCreative.com is one of the first portals in the industry to grant users the ability to transcode and fulfill 4K content automatically [...]
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I once had a boss who said ‘(users) can have it right, they can have it fast, or they can have it cheap but you can’t have all 3.’ We at Wazee Digital constantly strive to create a product that makes end-users lives easier at the right moment for the right cost. As part of our unicorn hunting skillset product managers should listen, watch, and listen some more to the end-users. Ask questions to understand and determine what the problem is that needs solving. Listen some more. Then collaborate with our teams and the user(s) to determine how best to create and gift the unicorn back to the user with a side of rainbow sprinkles. This is where I will let you know that the Unicorn here is YouTube Publishing, and the Sprinkles? Monetization [...]
In the video content business, searching through trillions of moments of video to find ‘tank’ can be just as time consuming and arduous to narrow down a set of results. Even in a large asset management system ‘tank’ could mean a container for fish or a military vehicle, two very different things (as you can see below) requiring further refinement.
DENVER — Dec. 20, 2016 — Wazee Digital, a leading provider of cloud-native video management and licensing services, today announced that the World Poker Tour® (WPT®) has renewed its relationship with Wazee Digital. Under the continued agreement, the WPT uses Wazee Digital’s complete asset management and distribution service to deliver WPT TV shows to both domestic and international broadcasters [...]
Wazee Digital began a journey a few years ago to create a new coding framework for our services that could match all the capabilities of what it means to reap the benefits of being a cloud-native service. From inception, our services have been in the cloud, provided globally outside the firewall; this latest evolution is to start the process to architect our services into purpose driven APIs that adhere to agile best practices and provide a truly global, elastic, secure SaaS platform [...]
As I sit down to pen this revelation on the complexities and challenges of content ingest and metadata management, I find my head spinning as if it were the first time the concept ever entered my mind. The truth is, I actually do this for a living and still, the task is that daunting [...]
How can content creators, or rights holders, localize the coverage of an event to enhance viewership and fan engagement? We have been watching this trend grow over the past couple of years. More content is being recorded than ever before and there are more ways to distribute content to engaged fans than ever before; TV, OTT, Social platforms and Property apps. Yet, how do we deliver the right content to the right people - at the right time effectively and efficiently? [...]
DENVER — Nov. 30, 2016 — Wazee Digital, a leading provider of cloud-based video management and licensing services, today announced that Sony Pictures Post Production Services has extended its long-standing relationship with Wazee Digital through December 2017. Under the extended contract, Sony Pictures will continue using Wazee Digital Core and its automated metadata-processing technology to store, view, and manage assets from Sony Pictures’ inventory of feature films, including stock footage, full-length features, and clip selects, with granular specificity [...]
Wazee Digital Core is the heart of Wazee Digital’s portfolio. Core is responsible for the storage, workflow and delivery of content. Both Wazee Digital Commerce, our licensing soultion and Wazee Digital Media Hub, our lLive eEvents solution use Core and without it could not operate. In the next series of blogs we will be deep diving into the world of Core [...}
I love interviews because you can ask pointed questions and you either get a very concise answer or you have an eyebrow raised on one person (typically the interviewer) and a tilted puppy dog head on the other (typically the interviewee). In the latter, you’ve most likely encountered the classic ‘failure to communicate.’ I know this reference from the song Civil War, by Guns N’ Roses, though some of you may know this from the classic 1967 prison drama, Cool Hand Luke – for the rest of you, you’re welcome.
There’s this Moody’s Investor Services report: Pay TV and Television Networks — US: OTT Invasion: Grand Bargain Required for Long-Term Sector and Credit Stability. I’ve only read the publicity abstract that was picked up by quite a few M&E press and blog sites. Even in an abstract form, it was such a succinct and compelling analysis of the disruption that is occurring in the media business – that I can’t stop thinking about it.