These days, companies shell millions to market their products and promote them through online platforms like Facebook/Instagram and offline channels like billboards, commercials, and movie/TV show sponsorships.
The work expands the reach of the business. And, now Chinese giant Tencent is working on a more impressive way to change the advertising game - embedding ads into existing videos/shows using AI.
Here's how it works.
Conventional video advertising requires shooting with products
Brand-sponsored videos, which are aimed at both engaging the audience and promoting a particular product, mostly require the creators to shoot the content in such a way that the product in question appears from time to time.
Now, while this works like a charm, there can be times where featuring a product might seem obtrusive.
This is why Tencent has come up with a solution
Tencent, which happens to be one of the largest video platforms in China, has resorted to tackling this problem with AI.
Basically, instead of shooting videos with products from the scratch, the company is employing a sophisticated computer vision system to add products/banners (promoting something) into videos that have already been shot in the way they were supposed to.
How this tech will work?
Tencent has partnered with Mirriad, a company developing computer vision and AI engine, to bring the ad-integrating tech and revolutionize the whole advertising scene.
The system, once in use, will seamlessly assess videos and add promotional content. So, if a person is holding a cup of coffee in a video, it will analyze the space and replace that cup with a branded one, instantly.