What’s going on with live video?


Written by on Thursday, September 8, 2016

Live-streaming video is having a pivotal moment. Explored equally by highbrow journalism, mainstream entertainers and all kinds of content creators in between, here’s a brief look into what’s happening in live video right now.

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The recent industry news demonstrate that live video might become bigger than anyone expected.  Facebook  reportedly hit 100M hours of video watched per day, and stated that it will distribute $50 million to 140 deals with publishers and celebrities for original Facebook Live shows

Tumblr launched live streaming with partners YouNow, YouTube, Upclose and AOL’s Kanvas.

YouTube’s mobile app also will soon enable livecasting. YouTube has provided live-streaming capabilities since 2011, and already notifies users of live shows 10 billion times a month. Musical.ly, the fast-growing karaoke social-media app, launched Live.ly at VidCon, hoping to expand talent roster to non-music stars.

With live content advertisers are hoping to tap into the crowd they no longer can reach with traditional TV. Facebook recently enabled branded content, and is currently testing mid-roll advertising. However it’s not sure yet how the platform will design it into a fully fledged ad product. The business models around live video are likely to start evolving at a fast pace. Finding video creators brands, media companies and MCN’s can succesfully collaborate with will pose an exciting opportunity for creators, but also challenges as for example Facebook still doesn’t enable creators to profit from their work.

After incidents such as the Dallas shootings this month, live streaming platforms will also have to make out new ethical policies and guidelines. The shooting incident was streamed live into Facebook by a bystander, and triggered a new set of complex questions for real-time broadcasting.

Live video is a medium that may have to figure out how to deal with worst-case scenarios but to give the best-case scenarios a thought, too. Periscope CEO Kayvon Beykpour called audience interaction the key element of the new live stream process and reminded about the importance of sharing a point of view. “That we can have this conversation live, I think that’s powerful and important – but the audience also has a voice as well, which signifies the first time that the live medium has evolved.”

 

KLOK Insider – Why sound matters in video


Written by on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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KLOK Insider is a blog series where people behind KLOK talk about what inspires them. We asked our videographer Ilari Koskinen what he finds stylish in the field of moving images.

Ilari Koskinen, KLOK

When it comes to high volume video production, the turnaround times tend to be quite short and budgets small. I’m not saying this is always the case, but quite often it is. While making the production as efficient as possible, one thing is easily overlooked – sound.

Even though the word video only refers to moving image, we don’t just watch videos. We also listen to them. (Although unfortunately quite a lot of online videos that are watched on mobile devices are muted.)
A moving image is a great way to convey information, but it lacks emotion. Sound on the other hand can provoke very strong feelings. Often in small scale video productions “sound design” equals picking a music for the video, but there is still so much more to do.

Take Leonardo Dalessandri’s The Watchtower of Turkey for example. It has been praised for it’s editing and aesthetics but if you stripped the soundscape and left only the music there, there would be almost no drama, no build. The editing would probably feel confusing. With it’s shots flying by at an amazing speed you would just miss half of what you see. Throw in the incredible sound work and suddenly it all falls in place perfectly. The sound – flapping of a bird’s wings for example – guides the viewer to understand what was in the picture, even if you saw it only for a tenth of a second. Sound also communicates what is outside the picture, making it a powerful tool in placing the viewer in the middle of the action. It tells us where to look by emphasizing different elements in a scene, it makes visual effects look more realistic and tells us where we are if all we see is an extreme close-up with no sense of space. The possibilities are limitless.

All in all I claim that a video, whether it’s motion graphics, food porn, or a short doc biography , not only feels but also looks better when it sounds good.

 

 

 

All videos shouldn’t sound like Hollywood features. That’s not what I’m going for. Many of the content produced for online isn’t trying to appeal to the viewer’s emotions. If it’s a screencast video that explains the use of an online bank, it might even be best to keep it simple in sake of clarity. But in many cases we want the viewer to engage emotionally, and we shouldn’t forget that sound is an extremely important tool in accomplishing that. And when done poorly, it will ruin even the most beautifully shot video and you just threw away a lot of money on a product that didn’t deliver.

We tend to compliment the beautiful photography or visuals of a video, but the sound is only given any attention if it’s bad quality or done poorly. It is crucial in production to acknowledge that sound doesn’t come with the image. Someone designed, crafted and put it there. And that someone put his artistic talent to use and spent time doing it as much as a cinematographer puts his when placing their camera and lighting a scene.

KLOK Insider: Why good manners matter


Written by on Thursday, May 19, 2016

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KLOK Insider is a blog series where people behind KLOK talk about what inspires them. To kick it off, we asked our producer Tiina Leinonen what she finds stylish in the field of moving images.

What I find stylish

Tiina Leinonen , KLOK

For me style is first and foremost and matter of manners. Being stylish is more than meets the eye – it’s a way of being in relation to others.

How the hell is this relevant in video making you might ask?

Well, here’s how:

A video made with style doesn’t mock or ridicule others (like a person with style doesn’t)

A video made with style doesn’t brag or shout out it´s own greatness (like a person with style doesn’t)

A video made with style doesn’t pretend to be anything it is not (like a person with style doesn’t)

On the other hand:

A video made with style can be witty and laugh at itself (like a person with style can)

A video made with style can be bold and original (like a person with style can)

A video made with style can be complex, but never cumbersome (like a person with style can)

Here´s a few examples:

CBC, Maker Series: Artisanal Firewood – This Is That

They make artisanal firewood – yes, you read right. The video has a subtle sense of humour, it has taken into consideration every little detail and it manages to portray a totally bizarre idea in a funny yet believable way that leaves the viewer with a question – are they being serious or not?

 

Samsung – The way you are

A simple idea stretched to perfection. A nice visual, simple & stylish setting that gives room for the actual story. For some reason it made me emotional even tough the story is not sad or upsetting in any way – but it is easy to relate to and you are somehow with the people who are on the video. A relationship is built with the viewers and the performers – that makes this video stylish in my eyes.

 

VOGUE – 73 Questions with…

73 Questions series includes videos that are genuine and well-thought, without being too written or acted. It shows the megastars and their personality with a fresh and easily relatable way. Got to love!

 

To conclude, what I like and find stylish in videos is often the same attributes that I find stylish in people – Witty, genuine and well mannered with originality to keep things interesting!

 

About the author

Tiina works as a producer in video agency KLOK and believes that good manners are a winner in real life and online.

Meaningful customer service on video with S-Pankki – Elämän Saumakohtia


Written by on Monday, May 2, 2016

Getting married and having a baby are pivotal things in many people’s lives – on a darker note, so are losing your job or spouse. These major life events many of us deal with at one point in our life are tricky, not only in essence, but also when it comes to financial issues.

Finnish bank S-Pankki wanted to offer their clients support in these life defining moments by creating a video series with KLOK and ad-agency D11 called Elämän Saumakohtia (“Crossroads of Life”). The series consists of 6 episodes and tackles the most common life-defining moments from a financial perspective. Banks are usually squeamish when it comes to talking about unnerving subjects such as death, divorce or losing credit rating. S-Pankki addressed these subjects head-on and offered concrete advice how to handle these situations.

Customer service is always at its best, when it truly answers to the everyday problems normal people struggle with. With Elämän Saumakohtia -series S-Pankki showed that they are there for their clients – for better or worse.

Riding the how to wave: How can brands leverage the search volume for how to content


Written by on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Searches related to “how to” on YouTube are growing 70% year over year and nearly one in three millennials say they’ve purchased a product as a result of watching a how-to video. How should brands approach the prevailing how to megatrend?

 

Video marketing strategies are still often created around the mindset of campaigns and product launches. Brands however miss a huge opportunity if they don’t consider the upsides of shifting their focus from talking excessively about themselves with advertisement centered strategy into creating content that is truly relevant for their customers.

Among the most popular and searched for categories for how to videos are beauty, home and cooking. In the beauty category, brands like Sephora and M.A.C have recognised the massive search volumes related to makeup tutorial videos and are quick to react to topical trends such as contouring. Tutorials on makeup are actually viewed more than any other kind of tutorial on YouTube. Seventy percent of beauty purchasers said that YouTube videos, especially how-tos and product visualizations, influence what they decide to buy. Successful branded tutorials live by the “create, curate and collaborate” rule of thumb in their audience growth strategy. Teaming up with popular YouTubers is a great way to integrate the brand into the community around a subject on a root level.

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In the food category, Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube has become the ultimate foodie destination for kitchen hacks, tips and recipe videos. With high-quality content, weekly videos and active community management the viewer becomes an engaged member of the community. When operating on social platforms consumers are able to talk back to brands, which means they’re able to take charge of the conversation. This sense of authenticity and openness combined with truly useful content leads viewers to spend longer times with brands than they ever would have with traditional video advertisements.

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The key to creating successful how-to content is authenticity. Content should come first, not highlighting the attributes of the product. Shared values and points of interest are at the core of content that is both on brand and promotes the product. Being truly social and part of the conversation is how brands can deeply integrate into the lives of their audience. Brands like Home Depot and FedEx have lived up to this with researching extensively what are the most common subjects their clients look help with. Toilet instalments or parcel pick-ups might not be the most glamorous subjects to talk about, but a tutorial on DIY toilet instalment remains the most popular video on Home Depot’s channel with over 1,7 million views.

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According to Google research, people are primarily looking for product information and reviews while on the go. Catching consumers at a crucial time when they are researching for a product and making purchase decisions is where brands can win big with relevant content. Widening horizons from the traditional one-to-many advertising model is inevitable in order to stay current on video. With the rise of shoppable video, how to videos are guaranteed to remain interesting for brands.

 

Sources: TNS/Ogilvy/Google “Path to Purpose Research,” May 2014, Beauty Revolution, Google