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Hi It's Andy from Vlogbase. We've been quietly working on a groundbreaking video search tool and we think now is the time to show it to the wider world. So welcome to the pre-launch / early launch of Vlogbase as a technology people can actually start using.

So I'm going to tell you
1. What Vlogbase is and why that's a big deal.
2. How we're doing some this stuff technically and what opportunities that gives us for getting even more from Vlogbase in the future and
3. What you can do about all this.
If you want to skip ahead to of those parts, you may have already figured out how to do that.

So what is Vlogbase? It's a tool for searching audio and video in a much deeper way than's been possible to this point. So far we've optimised it for museums and archives, but essentially, if you're anyone that wants to display media in a way that people can search it, this is for you. You can have it set up for people to search on a touchscreen inside a museum, or you can do what we've done here and you can embed a Vlogbase window in any website just like you'd embed a YouTube video in a website, but with all the extra features.

So I could explain how to search in a Vlogbase window, but this is one, so why don't you have a play around with it? It's designed to be simple enough that no instructions are really needed, but I'll point out a few cool features we've built-in already and there are many more to come.

First of all, we didn't type the transcript down there below the media window, and we didn't find any of the video objects either ourselves. Our AI did that automatically. You just load the media file in, or you can drag in 100s of media files at once if you like, and it scans them all and creates all this extra data for you, and it does that really fast, so you can have your Vlogbase archive up and running in minutes and then people who want to search. they have a lot more things to search. The search bar is just up there, so have a go.

You may also have noticed already that you can speed-read the transcript and use it to find the bits you want to go to. So click a word. go to that word in both of transcript and the media - they're synchronised. If there's more transcript than will fit on a page, then click "Scroll to current time" to see where you are in the transcript and then, when you want to just go back up to the media, click the Up arrow in the bottom right corner.

There are other buttons and boxes too, but I'll let you have a look around those on your own.

So this is quite cool, if you've got a few videos that are each a few minutes long, but it gets really interesting when you got a huge pile of stuff that you couldn't handle any other way. So we're working with a small museum in Teesside that's got about 100 hours of archives. Even at that scale. it's quite something. So you pick a topic, type in a keyword, and in a few seconds you're listening to first-hand accounts from people talking about that topic, instead of spending weeks listening to the recordings to find the same stuff.

But there's potentially way more to it than that. There's over a million hours of archive recordings, that we know of, in Britain alone. They're just now starting to be digitised in any sort of scale, before the tapes rot away and we lose all that history forever. So let's say they all get digitised and so they're safe, right? Now what? We could just move from having tapes on shelves to having hard drives on shelves, basically. So, a little bit more accessible, but still impossible to search. Or we could have something like this

So, it's really quite a thing to search a big archive using Vlogbase technology. It's like a miniature superpower. And it's addictive, in a good way and we might rediscover a whole lot of history we never knew we had.

So, how are we doing this? Well what we've built is really an interface that makes it possible and easy for non-programmers to use artificial intelligence to do things with media. It's a very extensible framework and this opens up a lot of possibilities. We've already built little extra features for customers like the "SRT Download" button. That was a request from a video production company. They wanted a quick way to make subtitle files. And the ability to format the transcript with line breaks - that was a request from a customer too.

But it goes way beyond that sort of modification as well. Basically, almost regardless of the application you can think up for media AI, chances are that we can build it for you. We're testing something called emotion search at the moment with a view to adding that at some point fairly soon. That basically figures out the level of positive or negative emotion being displayed by people speaking in audio and video, based on the tone of voice, the words being spoken, and their facial expression too, if it's video.

So one application that we've been considering for that is for big companies with lots of customers. Let's say they offer some sort of incentive like a discount code for people to upload video reviews of their products, and then the company can search by item, by location, by topic, by visual object type and by emotion, and then you can make ads from that. So that's just one idea we've had. There are so many things that you can do with this because of the way it's built.

Anyway, if you want in on any of this, we're coming up to part 3, where I tell you what you can do to get involved.

So there's a button above this window where you can see all the different things that you can do next. So if what you want to do is keep up-to-date with what we're up to, then you can follow us on various forms of social media. There's also an email newsletter, if you're old-school, and I'll be making more videos and posts to keep you updated on where we go next and you can get those whichever way of that that you follow us.

But, if you want to get actually involved in the future of Vlogbase, by maybe requesting features or getting your own Vlogbase account set up for you, so that you can deploy it yourself, there is another method and that's to join our Facebook group. Again, that's linked from that button just up there.

So one thing the Facebook group will let people do is to club together to pay for custom features. So sometimes someone asks us for a feature and we say it'll cost say £1,000 to build that and they can't afford it, but if 10 people want the same feature then maybe now it becomes affordable and if 100 people want the same feature then it's really affordable. So I don't know how many people are going to end up being in the group. It could be a lot, if this gets popular. I hope it does get popular and I hope there are a lot in there, because that'll help bring down the price of any custom features people want to add. Basically anything you want to be built, you can discuss that in that Facebook group and we'll see what we can do to help.

If you want something we've already got, then it just costs per hour of media you're uploading or it's billed per minute, but there's a price per hour. And we'll plough some of that back into making more features too. So we're also spending some that money, making things that are popular requests. So even if you've got a feature you want, you can't pay for, it's well worth mentioning in that Facebook group. Basically, whatever you want to do, whatever your situation is, let us know in that group. We'll find a way of making it happen as best we can. If you're a museum or an archive you can most likely get funding for this anyway, We've spoken to some of the grant awarding bodies already and these sorts of projects are things they can definitely look at funding. So also, if you are not a museum or an archive, but you know one that you think should see this, by all means let them know on social media, or by whatever other method, that this exists and this is something they should look at.

So, we're really not a big heavily funded company here. We're just two lads who left Teesside University and rented an office here in their graduate business centre. Launchpad they call it. And we got a £3,000 grant from Digital City, which is thing in Teesside for helping to start companies. So we're doing everything basically by charging small amounts to customers here and there and then building things step-by-step as we go. That's not to say we can't take big orders or that we would necessarily turn down a big investor, if one came along, but the way we doing it means we can be attentive to what people need. So if you want to help with that, click the button above, join the Facebook group and we can be attentive to you too. And you can help us build something we think is pretty amazing. So thanks everybody. I've been Andy from Vlogbase. Till next time.

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