Webinar

Exploring ZioNotes: The AI driven Cliffs Notes-Style Study Guide Generator for Educational Videos


Join us as Sara Ciskie, Sales and Enablement Manager at Rev, chats with Ziotag to explore how students and professors can leverage AI-powered transcriptions to accelerate value inside their video content using ZioNotes.


Webinar Transcription

Sara Ciskie:
All right. So thank y'all for chiming in. I see we have a whole bunch of different roles joining us today. Lots of folks who don't necessarily fall in one category or another. I see a lot of content creators with us, researchers, students, teachers. Really exciting to see all of these represented. So let's go ahead and dive in. So today we're going to be reviewing who Ziotag, what issues, what pain that they're solving in the world, and then going through a story and seeing really two cool perspectives on how a student and how a professor leverages this tool to make their lives easier. And then, we're going to conclude with a question and answer session.


Sara Ciskie:
So who do we have on here with us today? So, hi everyone. My name is Sara Ciskie. I've been with Rev for coming up on six years, but who's counting?I oversee sales enablement here at Rev. So that means that I oversee onboarding and training for our amazing sales team members. And then we have Dr. Justin Goldston here with us as well. When Dr. Justin Goldston isn't on the Ted stage, he's getting folks excited about blockchain and AI. He's an advisory board member and professor at Georgetown. So he'll be giving you his perspective on how AI helps him and his roles at Georgetown and beyond.


Sara Ciskie:
We also have Ryan Paul bringing us the student's perspective today. He's currently a student of computer science and AI at Rutgers. And this year managed the development team at Ziotag as an intern where he quickly figured out how zioNotes would dramatically streamline his studies and outcomes. And we also have Tereza d'Andrade. She's the co-founder of Ziotag. And she's going to present to you how Ziotag has optimized the power of AI and machine learning to bring video content to life.


Sara Ciskie:
So before we really dive into the content, I want to go over some housekeeping items. So everyone here is in viewing mode. Your video is off and you are muted. However, we do want you to feel involved. So please feel free to ask questions, or if you have any conversation that you want to start, that chat is available to you, that the host and panelists here all have access to that as well. So please feel free to ask questions in the chat. We will have a Q&A session at the end, and then please feel to turn on those live captions. We do have live captions here provided by our own Rev AI technology.


Sara Ciskie:
And so you can turn those on via the closed captions at the bottom. There's a little up carat, and you can just click show subtitle. And that's going to give you live real time captions that are powered by Rev's own exciting AI. And we're also going to provide a full transcript in a follow up email as well. And really excitingly, we're going to get to see Ziotag drinking its own soda, so to speak, by giving us a Ziotag version of this webinar. So you're going to get to see in a sense everything that we're talking about in real time application. So with that, Tereza, I'm going to hand over to you.


Tereza d'Andrade:
Terrific. Sara, I'm really excited to be here with all of you today. And I get to talk about my favorite subject, which is AI and video. And before we get started, we're going to bring up another poll question for you if you'd be so good as to answer real quick this next question, which is, what's your biggest challenge that you have with video today? So go ahead and hopefully you can find one that makes sense for you. You can't find the sections you want when you need them. Video's too long. Video's not relevant. The video you've found is not relevant. And it's hard to share just the sections that are important to you. So we'll just take a minute for that.


Tereza d'Andrade:
Terrific, interesting responses. All right. Fantastic. I'll keep that in mind as we go through this. Thank you everybody. So let's get started and let's imagine what if video were truly easy to find? What if video actively helped you with research and study? That's our vision and if you... Yeah, sorry. That's our vision. And we use AI to turn video into a cliff note style study guide. The AI transforms your great classroom content into even better assets that can be referenced easily, can be used over and over again, really a 360-degree view over the thoughts, the ideas, and the concepts that are locked in those videos. They're not locked in there anymore. And I'll show you how we expose that.


Tereza d'Andrade:
So how does a table of contents for your video sound, right? You've got them on your textbooks. Now, imagine an actionable table of contents on a video and it's dynamic. So we're going to be looking at this for real. So I'm not going to spend too much time here. And I do want to talk though about Ziotag with Rev and what that combination means and why it's so important to us and why we're so happy to be partnering with Rev. It's because you need to start the great transcript. And you already know that Rev gives you that high-quality starting point. So transcription accuracy is key to what we do with video.


Tereza d'Andrade:
We're going to make it so that you can stop using that dreaded play bar of randomness. Okay? You all know what I mean. You grab that play head down at the bottom of the video, you drag it around and you hope for a glimpse of what you need. It's frustrating. It wastes time and you miss. The most important thing is that you're missing what you really need. So we're going to make that go away. You can see right here, a big difference in what this video looks like. You've got context, you've got control, and it's precise.


Tereza d'Andrade:
So to dive in a little bit to that of actionable table of contents that you saw on the side, and that you're going to see live, this is what we mean by the actionable table of contents. So I want to stop here for a minute because this is amazing. This is the really cool part. Videos get automatically broken down into relevant bites virtually. Okay? We're not physically splitting up that video. This is all virtual overlay to your video.


Tereza d'Andrade:
So at the video level, you're going to get a summary and concepts and keywords assigned. And then for each video, that's going to get broken down into chapters, which are further broken down into segments. And each chapter and segment will have a title that's meaningful, that helps you understand what's inside of there. It'll have a summary of that section of the video. And always concepts and keywords, just everything you need to make that video really easy to find. So finally, you can navigate videos. Finally, you've got a 360-degree view of the thoughts, the ideas, and the concepts that are inside. The other cool thing about this is that it helps you embrace all types of learners. Let the learners choose how they prefer to interact and learn one piece of media at a time.


Tereza d'Andrade:
And to sum up, I like to describe this the way our lead investor and all around Renaissance woman. She's a really fascinating lady, Esther Dyson. She likes to portray it this way. "zioNotes does for video what Google Maps does for navigation. It lets you see the forest and the trees, so you can get the big picture, get the right big picture. And then you can zoom in to the precise location." In this case, the location in a video that you need.


Tereza d'Andrade:
So that's all I've got to say so far. And I'd like to introduce you now to our star student of the day. And actually the brainchild, the inventor of zioNotes. He's going to tell you his story about how AI has made a really measurable impact on his studies. So take it away, Ryan.


Ryan Paul:
Thanks, Tereza. Am I able to share my screen?


Ryan Paul:
Thank you.


Ryan Paul:
Thank you. Okay. So hi everybody, my name is Ryan Paul. I'm currently a junior at Rutgers University in the computer science program. This past semester in the spring, I was taking a software development class and as a final project, I had to design a web-based application using two things I learned in the class, PHP and MySQL to create any kind of application I wanted. So I created this food ordering application, very simple. You can sign up, you can add your address, you can order food from a fake restaurant and then have it delivered. So I'm 15 hours into my project, I got the functionality working perfectly, but the design looks terrible. There's no color, there's no anything. So like any good computer science student, I go to YouTube to see if I can find somebody to help me with this last step of my project.


Ryan Paul:
And I find this guy who has excellent content all on a playlist. He made an app very similar to the one that I was creating. But it was like 13 hours of content all on this one app and I had no idea where he was talking about adding CSS to his project. And I was like, "I really don't want to spend 13 hours combing through this guy's content." So what I did was I took his entire playlist which still exists on YouTube, I loaded it into zioNotes and using our AI, I contextualized all 13 hours of video and it made it searchable for me. So once I did this, I said, "Okay, I want to add CSS to my project so I'm going to use the keywords, CSS and menu to search through all of this guy's content," and this is the result I'm greeted with.


Ryan Paul:
So you can see, I have in the first video at least, three zioTags, which you can think of as timestamps in a video, and then I have 91 times this guy mentions either the word CSS or menu. This isn't really useful for me. What is useful are the zioTags. So I say adding CSS to the main content, that sounds kind of like what I needed. So I clicked on this and it brought me directly to the part in the video where the guy is adding color and design to his application. And this saved my life. So I watched this for 10 minutes. I even saw the code that he was adding and I just took his code and added it to my project and I finished my project in an hour. It was super helpful. You can see over on the right side, the table of contents that was created.


Ryan Paul:
So not only is the part that I needed for my project contextualized, the entire video I can look through. So if there's something else I wanted to improve on my project, I could come right here and it was super easy. For anyone that wants to try zioTag out and see what our AI looks like, it's very, very easy to add content from YouTube today. All you need to do on my other tab... I'm taking linear algebra this semester so I thought this was appropriate. This is the MIT open course linear algebra course, which is excellent. But again, it's super dense. It's like 30 hours of content. So in order to use zioNotes with all these hours of videos, all I need to do is I need to copy the YouTube playlist... Oh, I'm sorry. Copy.


Ryan Paul:
Add videos into zioNotes, add from URL. I'm going to paste the URL and you can see here are the 34 videos. So over 30 hours of content, I'm going to say. And I want to run the full AI process over all of these videos and all those videos are going to be added to my account. And then within the next 30 hours of video, so in the next three to four hours, all of this video is going to be contextualized and it's all going to be searchable. So if I wanted to find where the professor mentions eigenvalues and his 30 hours of lectures, I'll be able to find it instantly. And that's it. So thank you guys. And I think I'll hand it back either to Justin or Tereza.


Tereza d'Andrade:
Yeah, terrific. Thanks very much, Ryan. It's really cool to see how zioTag's AI focuses you precisely on the relevant content. So you told us how that's saving you tons of time and you can get just the part that you need to refresh your memory on right now. You might reference those again in the future for something totally different. So now we're going to hear from a professor about how AI is making a tangible difference in his day to day. So welcome, Dr. Goldston.


Dr. Justin Goldston:
Thanks, Teresa. Thanks Teresa and thank you everyone for attending this session. Now I've used this tool and I got excited based on what Ryan just explained. Now, from my perspective, I've been using zioTag for about a year now and given that I do a lot of research on emerging technologies such as AI and blockchain, both of those spaces are changing so quickly. The content that I need, I can't find in a book. A lot of that content, I can't find in a peer review journal article, right? So I have to revert to recent conferences, and this is where zioTag has been an absolute savior for me. So for example, I just spoke at a conference in Malta about two weeks ago. So while I was on one stage, there was another stage where a presenter I wanted to see was talking about the decentralized finance.


Dr. Justin Goldston:
There was another presentation on the metaverse. I'm doing a lot of research on the metaverse right now. So because I could not attend that session, I actually was able to go into the lots to take the live stream from YouTube, upload to zioTag, and instead of going through those six hours that went on on that stage, I was able to go to zioTag and search through the content for the metaverse, search through that content for decentralized finance. Now, given that a number view are content creators, I would consider myself a content creator within higher education. So, I'm writing a peer review journal article, a case study on the metaverse. So in order to find that content on the metaverse, I actually refer to zioTag to see when the reference to the metaverse was discussed throughout that whole entire week long conference, similar to what Ryan said. 30, 35 hours of content across multiple stages.


Dr. Justin Goldston:
Now I can upload that on zioTag and I can review every single presentation that mentioned the metaverse, right? So from a researcher perspective, that's what I do. So if you are a content creator, you're able to follow someone's channel and review that information within someone's channel. So I have one person I look when he says smash that like button, I always want to review that individual's information to upload it on zioTag, and now I'm able to comb through that content. So in addition to what I do from a research perspective, we actually... So zioTag actually partnered with Georgetown University last year. I see one student from there, Miriam. Shout out to Miriam on the presentation.


Dr. Justin Goldston:
So zioTag actually brought in a number of interns to actually test this tool, and because the students shared their experiences with the director at Georgetown, now zioTag has partnered with Georgetown in their graduate program, and now the students are able to use this tool to look at the current situations that are happening right now. So we're actually using this in the masters in supply chain management program and given the current supply chain disruptions that everyone's experiencing around the world, now we can use zioTag to see what people are talking about in the industry right now, right? So that's where this is. This is very powerful from a student perspective, from a professor perspective, from a research perspective, and most importantly, from a content creator perspective. That way you're able to see and search exactly what you're looking for in the videos. Thank you, back to you Tereza.


Tereza d'Andrade:
Hi there. Go ahead, Sarah.


Sara Ciskie:
No, no, no. Thank you both so much for sharing your experience. Thank you, Dr. Goldston. Thanks, Ryan. What I just think is so cool that I want to highlight is that we have both the macro and the micro really represented here, right? So the AI is bringing both the macro and the micro are really represented here. Right? So the AI is bringing Ryan the micro information that he needs to get specific concepts for a specific project. While Dr. Goldson, you're working with information more at a macro scale, trying to see trends in the industry but digested into easy to consume bites. I think that's so cool.


Tereza d'Andrade:
Yeah, it really is. It's very exciting. And what I love about what Justin said in particular is how he can find material that's too new to be found in traditional content. He's right out there on the cutting edge. So searches he might, he's not going to find stuff. He's actually part of the creators of these new ideas and concepts that are happening in the world today. I couldn't ask for a better set of examples to illustrate that 360 degree view of the thoughts, ideas and concepts. Video contains such important content. It's so hard to unlock it until now with the ability of our AI to go in and expose that to everybody. So it's really hard to go back to watching video the old fashioned way. This really is a better way to watch.


Tereza d'Andrade:
So thanks, both of you for that. And yeah. So what I'd like to propose for the group that's on the phone with us today, before we get to the Q&A, there's lots of great questions coming in is to take the free Ziotag challenge. So send us a video, send us one of your lecture videos. We will Ziotag it for you and you'll get an actionable table of contents, everything that you've seen, basically. The AI generated chapters, the segments and the summaries. You'll get to experience that 360 degree view yourselves. And you can share it as much as you want. You have unlimited viewing with that. So you can view it, navigate it and share it with students, with colleagues, with anybody that you think would have interest in that. So that's our first offer.


Tereza d'Andrade:
We'd love to have you put us to the test by doing that. And also to get the full experience yourselves, if you sign up before the 15th, you can get access to the full platform and you can see a tag up to 10 hours of your own content. Whether it's work that you've already put through Rev and have transcripts for or if you want to do new content. So you'll get the actionable table of content, the player and the customizable gallery, which you caught a glimpse of there in what Ryan showed you, as well as Justin's views of the gallery that he creates. So all we ask is that you sign up for that by the 15th. And with that, I think we can go straight to our Q&A.


Sara Ciskie:
Yes, indeed. Yes, indeed. And we've had some exciting questions come in. Please feel free to keep them pouring in. We are monitoring the chat as well as the Q&A, so please feel free to keep those coming in. I think Patty asked a really good question, and I know that Jeff did respond in the chat, around, "How do you get video loaded into ZioNotes? Are there only specific platforms that it works with?" I saw that Jeff responded that it does work with all platforms including YouTube. But it might be helpful, Theresa, if you wouldn't mind speaking towards the workflow, right? I have a playlist of videos. How do I get those over to Ziotag?


Tereza d'Andrade:
Yeah. That's a great question. Actually, thank you for that. Because it reminds me that I wanted to refine one thing that Justin said. We tend to talk about uploading videos to Ziotag. That's actually not what we're doing. We're simply referencing them. All we need is a link. You're not duplicating the video, none of that. You just point us to it. Okay? And Ryan showed this quickly at the end of his session. So you can see this when we share the session with you, again, that you just point to the URL of either a single video or a playlist of videos. It can be in YouTube, it can be in Vimeo, it can be on a variety of platforms, and we will do the rest from there. So it's a very easy workflow. You'll get the end results. And if you want to go in and refine it and edit it, you can do that as well.


Sara Ciskie:
Awesome. And then another question related to kind of how to use Ziotag is sort of the other way around. "So we know that we can put content from other websites onto Ziotag. Is it possible to embed Ziotag into your own platform?"


Tereza d'Andrade:
Sure. You can embed the responsive player onto your websites, into your platforms with the URL. And you can also create that gallery, you can also embed the gallery itself. And that gallery is customizable for you too.


Sara Ciskie:
Awesome. Awesome. And then a good clarification question, and this might be one for Teresa and Ryan, "Can students use this as well?"


Tereza d'Andrade:
Yeah. Absolutely. Anybody can use it. So I'm just reading the questions as I'm looking. Yeah. Anybody can use it. Absolutely.


Sara Ciskie:
Awesome. And I might have to release my hold on the screen sharing right now. But would it be possible for someone to take us through how to do a term search right now? Is that possible?


Ryan Paul:
Yeah. Sure.


Sara Ciskie:
Awesome. Well, I'll stop my share. And Ryan, I'll hand it over to you.


Ryan Paul:
Let me get my screen going. Hold on a second.


Dr. Justin Goldston:
While Ryan's doing that, going back to that question of, "Can students use it?" We have a number of students at Georgetown that are currently using this as we speak. So we're having them use it and we're actually getting feedback from them, we're getting the voice of the customer and we're making adjustments accordingly based on how the students use it. Because I use it a certain way, content creators are going to use it a certain way, students are going to use it a certain way. And Ziotag brings in all that information and makes adjustments.


Tereza d'Andrade:
Awesome.


Ryan Paul:
And again, this is, I guess, a term searcher or a word search. I showed this a little bit during the demo. But if I have a playlist of videos I want to search through, I'll do the same thing. I'll just type CSS. I'm searching through this entire playlist. I get a couple different kinds of results. You can see here, I can see Ziotags, which are AI created moments of time and our table of contents. So you can see the title of this Ziotag is adding CSS to my main content. So you can see, I get a hit in the title, I get a hit in the description of this timestamp.


Ryan Paul:
And also one of the keywords that our AI added in this timestamp I also got a hit in. I also get 35 hits in the transcript. That's not super useful for me. I don't really care that the guy said CSS 35 times. But if you want to see when Ryan's name was mentioned in the video, maybe transcript search could be helpful for you. Really at its core, the value that Ziotag is adding is this Ziotag search. It's a contextual search. It's recognizing what topics are being discussed in the video and it's taking you to that point in the video. So hopefully that answers that question.


Tereza d'Andrade:
Yeah. While you have that pulled up with that hover over, let me just jump in for a second. Because this really is the crux of why this is so cool. So we're reading through the transcript and understanding the concepts and exposing them. So that you don't need to worry about is the person talking about a pull down menu or is he talking about a restaurant menu? We're going to fathom that and figure that out so that those Ziotag segments are as relevant as possible to get you right where you need to go. And the flip side of this too. So Ryan showed you where Ziotag's taking you from 91 hits in a single video to, what was that, one? Yeah. One hit.


Ryan Paul:
Yeah.


Tereza d'Andrade:
That's the really relevant one. The flip side of that is you might be searching for a concept or a term where that word or that string is not actually spoken by the speaker in the video. An example is let's say you're looking for subprime mortgage. You type in the word subprime mortgage and you may very well be brought to a video where the speaker never uttered those words, but he's talking about the concepts that are very relevant to the subprime mortgage crisis, for example. So it works in both, mortgage crisis, for example. So it works in both directions, in exposing concepts even if you don't know the right word. Think of how frustrated you are when you go to search for something, you've got to kind of put yourself into the place of whoever curated this to figure out how you should do your search. This eliminates a tremendous amount of that and exposes content, even if you don't know what content is in there. It's really, really powerful.


Ryan Paul:
And just to answer. I meant to hit type my answer, but I accidentally hit answer live. I can answer this question live though. Patty was asking, how does Ziotag work with accented English? The guy who did the videos you're looking at right now actually has a very, very thick Indian accent. We rely on the accuracy of the transcript. If the transcript service, or if Rev does a really, really good job on your transcript, then Ziotag will do a really, really good job creating the table of contents for you. And then does Ziotag need a transcript to work? It does need a transcript to work.


Sara Ciskie:
That's so cool. Thank you so much for walking us through that, Ryan. I think it's really cool to see this happening in real time as opposed to just talking about it, so love that you have that pulled up and we're able to walk us through that. I do want to be mindful of time. I know we're about at noon:30 central time mark, but I do do see we have some more questions. We might go over to answer a few more of these. One that I think is a really good one, especially since we have a lot of folks who work in EDU here, is around LMS integrations. Can Ziotag integrate with learning management systems such as Canvas? Tereza, can you speak towards that at all?


Tereza d'Andrade:
Yeah, absolutely. Yeah, because these are in embedable, yes, we can work with those types of LMSs. And we'd love to talk to you about doing that.Yeah, particular in education, obviously those are going to be common systems that you all are using, so the answer there is yes. And I also see a question about transcription again, and let's be really clear. As I said, the transcript is a very important part of what we base all of what we do on. All that magic comes primarily from a solid transcript and that transcript we hope is going to come from Rev. You might have one that exists already. That's perfectly fine. We can use any transcript that already exists. The most seamless and the simplest way for you is to just go ahead and if you're a Rev customer, we can accommodate that and it happens transparently to you. We can use existing transcripts or we'll create our own if it doesn't exist and we can create our own using Rev.


Sara Ciskie:
Awesome. And then once a video has been processed, does it continue to be available forever or only while you are under a subscription with Ziotag?


Tereza d'Andrade:
It would be available while you're under subscription with Ziotag. I'm sorry, the video will always be yours or the owners, but the Ziotag actionable table of contents would require subscription to view.


Sara Ciskie:
Totally makes sense. And then I did see, we had a couple of questions around pricing. Is that something that we can share here or is that something where they should maybe reach out to talk with y'all?


Tereza d'Andrade:
Sure. We'd love to engage with you one on one and discuss pricing. We're very flexible in terms of understanding that there's many different types of users. We've got the $99 promotion that we're offering now. And we can say that generally from accommodating personal usage up through business or school, small business, small school on up, and generally that's going to start at about 2.50 a minute, $2.50 a minute, goes down to well under $1 per minute. We'd love to get a chance to talk to you about what's going to work best for you all.


Sara Ciskie:
Awesome. And then I think this might be the last question we have time for, but it's a really good one. It's on the $99 offer. I am going to go ahead and share my screen again. As a reminder, we are sending out a recording and transcript and Ziotag and Zionotes for this webinar as well. If you aren't able to get all the details here, you will have this in your inbox within the next few days, but this is a really exciting offer that I want to make sure that everyone's aware of. You have until December 15th, so very exciting stuff here. Yeah.


Tereza d'Andrade:
Yeah. We hope to see lots of you after the webinar.


Sara Ciskie:
Very nice. Well, I think those are all the questions that we have time for today. A massive thanks to everyone who attended. Really appreciate all your time and your attention and your engagement. Thank you so much for bringing all your awesome questions here. And of course, a massive thanks to Dr. Goldstein to Ryan, to Tereza. Thank y'all so much for sharing this really cool, really powerful tool. I know I'm excited to see all the cool things that this can do and ways that we can make video a lot less painful to go through and a lot more actionable.