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Meet Team SnapStream - Eric in Customer Success

June 09 2016 by Eric Cohn

Hi Everyone!

My name is Eric and I'm the Customer Success Specialist here at SnapStream. What the heck is a Customer Success Specialist? Great question! It's my job to make sure your experience using the SnapStream software is amazing. I want to help you take full advantage of SnapStream's features to make your job finding, clipping and sharing television content as easy as possible.

I've had the opportunity to meet many of you, whether in person or by phone. If we haven't met yet, please consider dropping me a line at [email protected] or by phone at (713)-554-4591. I'd love to chat with you!

We've created some really incredible resources to help you and your team take full advantage of the SnapStream software. I want to take this opportunity to share with you some of my favorites.


  • SnapStream Cheat Sheets are colorful, fun and full of useful information. Keep them on your desk for quick reference on how to use SnapStream's most powerful features. Our newest cheat sheet showing all of SnapStream keyboard shortcuts is below.

Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheet


  • We've created how-to pages for nearly all of the features of the SnapStream software. Our how-tos show you step-by-step instructions for each task with a picture of each step. Learn how to do everything from creating a GIF with meme text to cloud-sharing a clip to a colleague or friend. Click below to see our webplayer clipping how-to! 

How To Create a Clip from the Webplayer

 

  • Have a question about a specific feature of the SnapStream software? Odds are very good our SnapStream Help File has the answer you're looking for!

SnapStream Help File

 

  • Our engineers are always adding new features to SnapStream. Get a look at all of the newest features on the SnapStream Release Notes page. Did you know we recently added full iPad playback support for H.264 content in SnapStream, for instance? Click the image below to see all the great features added with each new release of the SnapStream software.

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Still have a question? Don't hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected]. I can't wait to see all of the awesome ways you use SnapStream. What are you waiting for? Snap to it!

 

  

Eric Cohn - Customer Success Specialist, SnapStream

Eric

Win a Year of Free Maintenance!

November 12 2009 by Rebecca

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Those VCRs collecting dust around your office are so 20th century — and we know you've been dying to upgrade. So we've created a cost-effective means for you to update your media-monitoring technology, and we're offering you a chance to win an extra 12 months of free service to boot.

How? Just purchase a SnapStream Server through our new "Switch and Save" program, and we’ll automatically give you a year of maintenance for free (a $1,200 to $3,000 value). Then, once you've installed your new gear, send us a picture of how you and your staff have cleverly dismantled and responsibly disposed of your obsolete systems.* We'll post the images of your handiwork alongside that of others on our Web site. Be as creative as you can, because we'll bestow an additional year of free maintenance upon whoever sends us the best shot.

What's more: Because the SnapStream Server can shorten the task of media monitoring to mere seconds, your organization will save additional time and money. Our digital technology lets you and your colleagues record thousands of hours of television to a centralized appliance, and then locate specific clips by topic, using closed captioning for search. You can copy any relevant video to your PC’s hard drive. It’s that quick and easy!

So, what are you waiting for? Click here to get more information about "Switch and Save" and the SnapStream Server.

*Please recycle. Or ship the parts to us, and we’ll recycle them for you.

How SnapStream's TV search technology works

June 27 2008 by Rakesh

We often get the question, "How does SnapStream's TV search appliance work?" so here's a brief explanation.

First, for anyone new to SnapStream's TV search technology, a quick summary of what it is: SnapStream Enterprise is an "appliance" that allows an organization to record lots of television and then search inside those recordings. By "appliance", we just mean that the product is a self-contained server that you buy from us that's quick and easy to setup. Here's what the hardware looks like:

SnapStream Enterprise: TV search appliance

Once you have a SnapStream Enterprise TV Server setup, the first thing you'd typically do is tell it what you want it to record. You can do this using the SnapStream program guide -- you can record a single instance of a show, you can record every instance of a show, or you can record a particular channel 24 hours a day:

Once recordings are made, you can search inside those recordings for anything you might be looking for. Some examples of TV search scenarios:

  • A presidential campaign wants to search for every mention of their candidate and their candidate's competition is mentioned on TV -- so they can respond to that TV coverage more efficiently.
  • A city government wants to search all of their local TV stations for mentions of their police department, their fire department, and anything else related to their city government.
  • A television comedy show (like The Soup on E!) wants to search thousands of hours of television for things to make fun of.
  • A journalism department at a university wants to do a type of research called content analysis (also known as textual analysis), so they use our search technology to chart word frequencies over time.
  • ...and the list goes on.

As an example of our TV search results, here's an ad-hoc search that I did on "George Carlin" (I ran this query just now on Friday, June 27, 2008):

A search over television closed captioning for George Carlin

You'll see for each search result, there's

  • the name of the program that contained the match,
  • the time at which the match occurred (for example, Anderson Cooper 360 at 8:59pm yesterday),
  • and finally there's an excerpt of the transcript with the matching words bold-faced.

(A side note: you can also setup SnapStream Alerts that would e-mail you everytime certain words appeared on television -- the results would look similar, but you'd get them on e-mail).

So how does our TV search technology work? It searches over a combination of

  • closed-captioning data and
  • program guide data.

The FCC requires closed-captioning to be included on almost all TV programming (more on the details of this on the fcc.gov website). So while SnapStream Enterprise is making a recording, it also simultaneously records all of the closed-captioning data for that show. In the process of recording the closed-captioning, SnapStream Enterprise does some clean-up of the text to make it easier to read and easier to search. And then we index all of that text in a time-coded fashion, so when we find a match, we can direct the user to not only the program where the match occurred, but also to the time within that program. Program guide data is also used in our search process so users can easily filter searches by program genre, by channel, or by program title.

In addition to being simple to use, the SnapStream TV search engine also offers up a lot of power in the hopes that our customers can find whatever it is they are looking for on television. More on this in the next blog posting! Meanwhile, if you have any questions, post 'em in the comments.

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