We talked to David Clemenceau of OPSOMAI on how to leverage the value of media assets with full web software Opsis media.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
David Clemenceau: Not too bad, even if our kids are suffering from government decisions and sometimes do not respect them!
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded OPSOMAI.
David Clemenceau: The quickest way may be to look at my LinkedIn profile.
I founded the company in 2000. In the beginning, it was a consultancy company for TV archives owners (Ina), telcos developing TV services (Orange), and TV channels (Disney Channel France and the UK). Our clients asked us to develop software pieces, starting with a professional Web video player for Ina in 2003. In 2004, we released the first version of our Media Asset Management software, Opsis Media, which was installed first in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Since 2007, we are focusing on Opsis Media development and media libraries hosting.
How does OPSOMAI innovate?
David Clemenceau: 2 main directions for innovation:
– Applying broadcast video techniques to the MAM market with open source tools: broadcast video formats import and generation, dynamic subtitling, scenes detection…
– Introducing IA tools like automatic transcription and face recognition.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
David Clemenceau: There was no call for tender in 2020! Fortunately, we were able to develop our business in 2 of our 3 markets, i.e., sports and video archives/production, because the corporate market was absolutely flat.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
David Clemenceau: No hiring in 2020 and thus a very hard time for me because I have to do the job of the missing guys, like the French Rugby League video platform management or the CNES (French National Space Agency) video library new version commissioning.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
David Clemenceau: Gardening during weekends.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
David Clemenceau: Mainly French companies on the corporate market: Keepeek (https://www.keepeek.com) and Wedia (https://www.wedia-group.com) mainly. In other markets, I can quote Cantemo (https://www.cantemo.com) and Newsbridge (https://newsbridge.io).
Your final thoughts?
David Clemenceau: In 2021, I am going to invest in sport and audiovisual markets because corporate communication budgets are always frozen in France during economic crises, as in 2008-2009, for the subprimes crisis.
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