Microsoft Eyes Video Workflows With Azure Media Analytics
Ahead of the National Association of Broadcasters' big conference next week, Microsoft announced a new cloud-based video analytics product and an update to its Skype TX software.Microsoft is gearing up for next week's NAB Show, the National Association of Broadcasters' signature event, in Las Vegas by announcing new cloud-based offerings for organizations that process and manage large volumes of video content. Currently in beta, Azure Media Analytics is a collection of new and existing tools intended to help organizations gather insights from their footage and reduce the amount of manual effort required for several types of video workflows. One example is the new Content Moderation service, which helps automate the process of reviewing user-generated content for non-work-safe imagery, according to Milan Gada, principal program manager at Microsoft Azure Media Services. "This service is designed to cut down the manual effort involved in reviewing content for offensive, illicit and inappropriate material and is ideal for you, if you are dealing with a lot of user generated content submitted from anonymous sources," he explained in a blog post. Content Moderation is available to select customers in private preview along with Azure Media Analytics' new Video Optical Character Recognition (OCR) service. The latter can extract text that appears in a video, handy for building a video search engine. For the video surveillance industry, the Motion Detection service automatically spots moving objects in videos with stationary backgrounds, reducing human error. "This is ideal for customers who want to check for false positives on motion events detected by surveillance cameras on the surveillance video feeds," said Gada.
New Face Detection and Face Emotions capabilities can help event organizers read the room. Together, they can be used to scan for attendees' faces in a video and analyze their reactions, from happiness to disgust, and several other emotions in between, Gada added.