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What’s New in SnapStream 9.5

October 07 2020 by Monty Mitra

We’re excited to roll out our newest SnapStream 9.5 release, which is focused on enhanced streams support with live transcription and Slack integration. At a high level, SnapStream 9.5 allows you to:

  • Easily add streams and create specific events to record
  • View and search live transcriptions from the added streams
  • Share a clip directly to Slack
  • Geo-lock posts to Twitter and Facebook

9.5 features


Streams & Events (With Live Transcription)

(Note: Only available as a part of SnapStream Cloud.)

One of our long-term focuses is helping our customers to expand their content sources within SnapStream. SnapStream 9.5 is the first step in that process by letting you directly add and manage your own RTMP or HLS streams. This can be great if you want to:

  • Record and clip specific events, such as a press conference
  • Easily add press pool feeds and other live and breaking news feeds, such as CNN Newsource, AP Video Hub or Reuters Video
  • Record and clip your Zoom events, meetings and webinars
  • Add, record, and search a 24/7 news stream channel, such as CBSN or YouTube Live channels

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Many of our customers want to quickly grab a stream to record and clip a specific event, such as a press briefing or an event that may not be available on national news broadcasts. So we also added the ability to create scheduled events for your streams as well. If you want to record an event happening next Tuesday from 2PM to 3PM, you can schedule it on any stream you setup in SnapStream.

 

Live Transcription

Our Streams & Events feature now enables Live Transcription. Since not all streams carry caption information, SnapStream can create those transcripts in real-time. Not only does this allow your event to be searchable later, but it makes real-time live clipping easier. SnapStream includes this transcript data when you publish clips to social media so your clips show captions when they auto-play as a user scrolls through Twitter or Facebook. 

When you upgrade to 9.5, you get 30 days to test out Streams & Events completely free. Add as many streams as you want and record as many events as you need. We also provide 10 hours of free live transcription per month.

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Recording a Zoom call in SnapStream only takes a few clicks

 

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OTT channels like CBSN can now be added to SnapStream for clipping

 

Clip to Slack

One of the things we heard from a lot of customers is that they’d love to be able to share clips in Slack. Many of you create clips in SnapStream and collaborate with them with other members of your team to decide if and how to use them. Maybe a few of you want to decide if that’s the right clip to post to social media or to your website. Plus, just about every team is on Slack so it just makes sense to share clips directly there!

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Geolock social media posts

Many of our customers need to ensure that their posts are only displayed in specific countries or excluded in specific countries. SnapStream 9.5 now supports geolocking posts to Twitter and Facebook. You can select specific countries where to show the posts or where to exclude the posts.

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Speed enhancements & more

We’ve also made performance upgrades to our SnapStream Cloud product. Cloud customers, particularly those with a larger number of users, should notice faster speeds when publishing clips to social media. SnapStream 9.5 has many other bug fixes and improvements. Read the full release notes.

 

Schedule Upgrade to 9.5

These newest features are available as a software upgrade to your SnapStream. Want to start using them? Have your administrator schedule an upgrade.

SnapStream’s support team will perform the upgrade via a remote session that usually takes an hour.

 

What’s New in SnapStream 9.4

March 03 2020 by Tina Nazerian

SnapStream 9.4 brings you a new clipping interface, pre-roll and post-roll branding on clips, integration with Kaltura, and many other bug fixes and improvements. You can see these new features in action by watching our on-demand webinar. Here’s what we’ve added and improved: 

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A few of the highlights:

  • New Clipping Interface 
  • Pre-roll and Post-roll Branding on Clips 
  • Kaltura Integration

New Clipping Interface 

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SnapStream 9.4’s new, snappier clipping interface will look familiar to former SnappyTV users. It gives you more fine-tuned control of in and out points during clip creation. You can configure SnapStream to automatically create an out point once you pick an in point (you can customize this—for example, you can set the automatic out point to occur after 10 seconds each time). Then, refine that out point and you’re done. 

The software will also show you a zooming trackbar that automatically sizes to the length of that clip. You can then go forward or backward by frame or second. The in and out point thumbnails allow you to quickly preview the clip’s start and end frames. You can also loop the whole clip or loop the last 2 seconds. 

To begin, use your mouse or keyboard to select an in point on a video. 

 

Pre-roll and Post-roll Branding on Clips

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Give your brand one look in one place. With SnapStream 9.4, you can easily add custom branding, such as your company’s video intro, to your clips—no need to spend time using an additional video editor.

Simply upload and save your desired brandings for pre-rolls and post-rolls. Then, select the specific brandings you want to use from a drop-down menu as you create clips. 

To get started, go to the “Admin” tab and choose “Brandings” on the left-hand menu.

 

Kaltura Integration 

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Natively export your clips in SnapStream to Kaltura. Kaltura is our newest integration with an OVP. SnapStream now has native support for 14 cloud storage, OVP, CDN, and MAM services—and is always adding more based on customer requests. 


To start using our newest integration, go to SnapStream and set up Kaltura as an external account. Don’t use Kaltura, but are curious? Learn more.

 

More

SnapStream 9.4 has many other bug fixes and improvements, like updates to the clipping hotkeys and the option to auto-minimize task pop-ups. Please read the full release notes.

 

Schedule Upgrade to 9.4

(Usually 1 hour) 
SnapStream’s support team will perform the upgrade via a remote session.

 

Watch On-Demand Webinar: SnapStream 9.4

See SnapStream 9.4 in action. 

What’s New in SnapStream 9.3

August 21 2019 by Tina Nazerian

SnapStream 9.3 brings you clipping across recordings, new task notifications, 3x playback in the web player, and more than 75 bug fixes and improvements. You can see these new features in action by watching our on-demand webinar. Here’s what we’ve added and improved: 

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A few of the highlights:

  • Clipping Across Recordings 
  • New Task Notifications 
  • 3x Playback

Clipping Across Recordings

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SnapStream 9.3 lets you clip across recordings without missing a frame. Did your show start early or late? No need to worry. As long as you’re recording a feed continuously, you’ll get a merged timeline in the player. 

To get started, load the recordings you want in the player and clip across them. The result? A seamless clip from point to point.

 

New Task Notifications 

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The revamped notification system in SnapStream 9.3 lets you minimize, dismiss, or even retrieve tasks later. You can control how much of your screen notifications cover. 

To minimize a notification, click the “-” bar on the top-right pane.

 

3x Playback

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Save even more time watching clips with 3x playback in SnapStream 9.3. 

Every single frame will play at 3x the speed. And the pitch corrected audio means you won’t hear chipmunk voices. 

To play a clip at 3x the speed, go to the playback speed settings in the player and select “3x.”

 

More

SnapStream 9.3 has over 75 other bug fixes and improvements, like improved HLS recording. Please read the full release notes

 

Schedule Upgrade to 9.3

(Usually 1 hour) 
SnapStream’s support team will perform the upgrade via a remote session.

 

Watch On-Demand Webinar: SnapStream 9.3

See SnapStream 9.3 in action. 

What’s New in SnapStream 9.2

March 20 2019 by Aaron Thompson

SnapStream 9.2 introduces proxy file generation and playback, automatic transcript generation (beta), video thumbnails in the Library plus many more new features. We'll be walking through the new software during a webinar on Wednesday, March 27th at 2pm CDTCheck out the new additions and improvements we've made:

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A few of the highlights:

  • Proxy File Generation & Playback
  • Automatic Transcript Generation (beta)
  • Video Thumbnails in the Library
  • Closed Caption Display
  • Digital Signage on SnapStream Set-Top Boxes

Proxy File Generation & Playback

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SnapStream 9.2 is capable of generating low bitrate, low-res proxy files for the videos recorded by SnapStream. Watch your recordings using much less bandwidth, while clips and exports occur on the original high bitrate, high-res recordings.

If you’re working from home or on-the-road, then you can much more easily view your SnapStream recordings over slower connections. In addition, it allows a higher number of internal users to watch video concurrently from SnapStream.

Generating proxy files requires additional hardware for the processing involved, so please contact SnapStream Sales to get started.

 

Automatic Transcript Generation & Playback

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SnapStream 9.2 includes a beta version of Transcript Generation.

Are you recording live news conferences with no closed captioning? Recording your school’s morning announcements? No problem.

Select the items in the Library and use the Transcribe action in the More Actions menu. Transcript Generation works great for any TV channel or video stream that has no closed captioning or subtitles.

 

Video Thumbnails in the Library

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The SnapStream Library now includes Video Thumbnails of your recordings. These thumbnails help convey the subject of each video and will make scanning for content much more efficient.

SnapStream 9.2 will automatically generate thumbnails for all of your future recordings.

 

Closed Caption Display

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SnapStream 9.2 adds new ways to view closed captions and subtitles. Now you can view closed captions directly over the video in the Web Player. Not only does this help the hearing impaired, but you can mute the sound and still read what’s being said.

SnapStream TV Set-Top Boxes in lobbies, libraries and other common areas can also display closed captioning.

 

Digital Signage on SnapStream TV Set-Top Boxes

SnapStream TV Set-Top Boxes can now display digital signage. Create a playlist in the Web UI and then select which set-top boxes to play. You can also browse to a specific playlist on the SnapStream TV Set-Top Box itself.

 

More

SnapStream 9.2 has so much more, like custom thumbnails for Tweets, live stream crossposting, quick download link for completed clips, and more. Please read the full release notes.

 

Schedule Upgrade to 9.2

(Usually 1 hour) 
SnapStream’s support team will perform the upgrade via a remote session.

 

Watch On-Demand Webinar: SnapStream 9.2

Watch SnapStream 9.2 in action. 

What’s New in SnapStream 9.1

November 08 2018 by Aaron Thompson

SnapStream 9.1 introduces collaborative clipping using Bookmarks, live streaming to Periscope, Facebook Live and YouTube Live (Beta), plus many more new features. You can see these new features in action by watching our on-demand webinar. Check the new additions and improvements we've made:

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A few of the highlights:

  • Clipping Bookmarks
  • Live Streaming (Beta)
  • Analytics
  • Advanced Folder Permissions
  • Exports
  • SnapStream DVB-T Encoder
  • Avid and Premiere Web Player shortcuts
  • Read more

What’s New in SnapStream 9.0

July 18 2018 by Aaron Thompson

SnapStream graduates to 9.0, bringing along a brand new, redesigned Web Player and a host of other new features. We'll be walking through the new software during a webinar on Wednesday, August 1st at 2pm CDTCheck the new additions and improvements we've made:

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A few of the highlights:

  • New Web Player
  • Amazon S3 Video Folders
  • Single Sign-On including support for Ping and OKTA
  • Read more

What’s New in SnapStream 8.5

March 02 2018 by Aaron Thompson

SnapStream 8.5 adds new frame accurate clipping, HLS and MPEG-DASH recording, automatic export workflow for SnapStream Federation, support for Twitter Monetization and more. We'll be walking through the new software during a webinar on Wednesday, March 7th at 2pm CDTCheck the new additions and improvements we've made:

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A few of the highlights:

  • New Frame Accurate Clipping Engine
  • HLS and MPEG-DASH Recording
  • SnapStream Federation Improvements
  • Display of manual recordings in the Program Guide
  • SnapStream Set-Top Box Improvements
  • Play by Channel and Time
  • More Exports
  • Twitter Monetization

Read more

What’s New in SnapStream 8.4

December 01 2017 by Aaron Thompson

SnapStream 8.4 adds SnapStream Federation, SnapStream Set-Top Box Web controls, social improvements, improved watermarking and more. We'll be walking through the new software during a webinar on Tuesday, December 12th at 2pm CDTCheck the new additions and improvements we've made:

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A few of the highlights:

  • SnapStream Federation
  • SnapStream Set-Top Box Web Controls
  • Social Improvements
  • Improved Watermarking
  • SnapStream Encoder Improvements

Read more

What’s New in SnapStream 8.3

August 31 2017 by Aaron Thompson

SnapStream 8.3 adds RTMP Capture, Faster Searching and Reindexing, Brightcove and Vimeo Export, Improved Watermarking, Video-embedded Timecodes and more. We'll be walking through the new software during a webinar on Wednesday, September 13th at 2pm CDTCheck the new additions and improvements we've made:

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A few of the highlights:

  • RTMP Capture
  • Faster TV Search and Reindex
  • Export To Vimeo and Brightcove
  • Improved Watermarking
  • Timecode Burn-in

Read more

What’s New in SnapStream 8.2

May 30 2017 by Aaron Thompson

SnapStream 8.2 is here with some cool new features including a Zoomable Trackbar, watermarking social posts and new social stats. We'll be walking through the new software during a webinar on Tuesday, June 6th at 2pmCheck the new additions and improvements we've made:

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A few of the highlights:

  • Automatic Channel Changing (SnapStream Encoder)
  • Zoomable Trackbar Delivers More Precise Clipping
  • Near Frame Accurate Clipping of Live TV
  • Watermark Social Posts
  • Facebook and Twitter Improvements
  • More Export Options

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What is SnapStream? There's an unlimited amount of video content out there: 24/7 news channels, breaking news events, sports, talk shows, awards galas, entertainment shows, and so much more.

SnapStream makes a real-time news and media search engine that makes it fast and easy to find the video moments that support our customers telling great stories.

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