The IEEE.tv online television network has been completely redesigned, with new features and navigation tools, an enhanced video player, and social networking connections.
“IEEE members and other users told us they wanted a more powerful search function and a better site layout,” says Brian Pratz, product manager for IEEE.tv in Piscataway, N.J. “Now people can search for topics from the IEEE.tv landing page, or even while they watch another video.” What’s more, videos can be played in full-screen mode.
Another new feature for IEEE members only is the availability of downloadable transcripts for each video. “These can be used as a learning tool for members who are studying technical English,” Pratz says.
IEEE.tv visitors can now browse its 130 videos using several categories, including conference highlights, careers, technology, technical tours, and IEEE author profiles. The main IEEE.tv screen also lists the most popular videos, the programs being viewed at that particular time, and the newest releases.
Recent videos cover wind power, biomedical engineering, and the recycling of computers and other electronic products. New programs recorded in high-definition video are added monthly, Pratz says.
IEEE members can rate the videos, tag them as favorites so they can create a playlist of the ones they want to watch again, and even download them directly to their computers, instead of just streaming them.
The improved video player pops into its own Web-browser window, providing an optimized interface for viewing video and for using the search tools associated with it. From the player, it’s possible to look for and browse other videos, share them via e-mail, and post them on their blogs and on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other social networking sites.
“This is all independent of the video that’s playing,” Pratz notes, “so they can browse videos and run searches without interrupting the content.”
In addition to sharing videos through social networking sites, IEEE members can “become fans” of IEEE.tv on Facebook, allowing them to keep up with the latest content and share videos on their Facebook walls.
“This feature should help us reach a much wider audience,” Pratz says.
Members also can follow IEEE.tv on Twitter.