Weave Online Video into Your Communications

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

Old habits die hard.

This truism of human nature is the bane of anybody evangelizing the adoption of new technologies in the enterprise. Even as technology improves every year, our appetite for embracing solutions that streamline business communications remains limited.

The simple truth is that most of us are comfortable in sticking with the things that work. You validate this assumption everyday if you’re among the majority of executives who usually pick up a desktop phone to make a ...

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Winnov Newsletter – September 2013 Edition

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The Pursuit of Simplified Webcast Production

By Steve Vonder Haar

Meeting the demand for simplified webcast production has been the holy grail for streaming technology developers for years.

Leading vendors continually work to boil complex features out of their platform solutions. Indeed, several vendors of webcasting capture appliances seemingly achieved nirvana a couple years back by rolling out systems that allow presenters to record presentations at the push of a single button on the front of the device.

Today, however, simplicity is moving beyond ...

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Removing Human Error from the Content Capture Workflow

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

When designing a streaming solution, it’s not a bad idea to know a thing or two about human nature.

Truth be told, many of us are absent-minded. Others don’t want to mess up their day fiddling with hard-to-use technology. And still others are just plain lazy.

There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. We all have our own shortcomings. Unfortunately, the success of a significant streaming investment may just boil down to designing a solution around our common failings.

In ...

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Leveraging Software and APIs to Extend Automation

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

Good software has made it easy for all of us to take good graphic design for granted.

Even the most basic publishing tools make it easy to weave text, photos and graphics together to create great-looking brochures, white papers and other documents.

Of course, we all should be more than accustomed to seeing documents that blend multiple inputs into a single effective messaging vehicle. After all, the first mainstream “desktop publishing” software that put advanced design capabilities into the ...

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Searching for the Right Webcasting Solution Can Make End Users Feel Like Goldilocks

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

Goldilocks must have grown up to be a video engineer.

At least that’s all one can surmise in scanning the set of video capture devices and software available to organizations looking to produce and distribute more business-oriented rich media content via streaming platforms.

Just as Goldilocks discovered in her encounters with The Three Bears, you may have to do some experimenting  before settling on a solution that is “just right.”

Certainly, most people who have worked on creating video content ...

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Enriching the Natural Habitat for Executives with Webcasting

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

When I was a kid, I never liked going to the zoo.

I hated to see animals in the concrete cages, seemingly locked in a prison. It didn’t seem right to me that they should sacrifice their life and preferred surroundings just to entertain bratty kids like me.

So, perhaps it’s not surprising that today I sometimes still wince when I see kings of the corporate jungle pushed outside their natural habitat to deliver streaming video messages to key ...

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Streaming Video is Busting Free…

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By Steve Vonder Haar

Streaming video is busting free from its spot on the corporate island.

At times in years past, vendors of webcasting technologies would be justified in feeling a bit left out of some big market opportunities when dealing with their little corner of the business communications landscape. After all, while many executives love webcasting to convey engaging messages to large target audiences online, a large percentage of organizations treat online video more as a venue ...

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Content Management: A Vital Element of the Streaming Video Workflow

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

Libraries don’t do you much good when the books are scattered all over the floor. After all, if you have to sort through thousands of volumes every time you want to find a single piece of information, it defeats the purpose of having a content archive in the first place.

We build libraries so that we can retrieve knowledge quickly. Without systems in place to direct us to the information we need, ...

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Remembering the Basics: Networking

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

Hope springs eternal, particularly at the beginning of a new year.

As the calendar turns, we look ahead and begin thinking about the changes that await us. For those of us in the streaming video business, that maybe means we start mulling about ways that video can play a bigger role on mobile devices or possibly consider new ways to bake streaming content into the flow of sprawling social media ...

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Energize Your Video Content Archives

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By: Steve Vonder Haar

Getting employees to watch pre-recorded streaming video in the workplace is something that is easier said than done.

Of course, we’d all like to think that our co-workers would be chomping at the bit to watch our video highlighting the division’s progress during the most recent quarter. And, naturally, who would pass up the opportunity to tap into some added training opportunities when given a chance to watch the video at the time of their choosing?

Human nature being ...

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