The Full Video Management Glossary

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Video management glossary terms
There’s a lot more to video management than meets the eye. For example, do you know what’s the difference between “views” and “plays?” What’s RBAC and why is it so important for securing your company’s video assets? In the following video management glossary, we will explain a few key terms we often use in reference to an Enterprise Video Platform (EVP)

Video Management Glossary Intro

There’s more to video management than meets the eye. A standard Enterprise Video Platform consists of multiple terms, technologies, and processes. In the next video management glossary, we will familiarize you with a few key terms often used in conjunction with video management:


360 Videos

Sometimes referred to as immersive videos, 360 videos are videos shot using a special camera that enables a view in multiple directions of an object or location. Users can control the viewing direction during playback.

AI Search

A feature designed to help users find relevant video content through automatically-generated metadata (AI metadata). The feature is designed to recognize the content of the video, including spoken words and items in the frame to index videos and generate corresponding metadata. Such metadata includes objects, actions, individuals appearing in the video, and even general themes and related topics.

Meta tags for company town hall meeting

AI Video Workflows

A series of video workflows that is partially or fully automated through Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. The most common example of an AI-video workflow is what we at movingimage refer to as AI subtitles—the automatic transcription of speech to text upon uploading a video. movingimage’s AI subtitle feature supports 54 different languages.

Content Delivery Network (CDN)

CDN and eCDN are both designed to deliver media at scale. However, whereas CDN is used externally, eCDN is used internally. CDN is a globally distributed network of servers and data centers used to reduce latency and bandwidth consumption as well as to accelerate the delivery of static content (e.g., images and videos) to end users around the world.

Enterprise Content Delivery Network (eCDN)

A service designed to relieve bottlenecks within the corporate network by minimizing bandwidth consumption caused by multiple simultaneous requests.

Enterprise Video Platform (EVP)

A video platform designed for business communication. Due to its business focus, an EVP must cover both external and internal business video communication, as well as meet enterprise-specific requirements. For example, high security standards and seamless integrations into existing IT landscapes.

Enterprise Video Portal

An easy-to-use video portal that is mostly dedicated to corporate, internal communications such as town hall meetings, communication with business partners, training sessions, social collaboration, etc.

Embed Codes

Codes that allow the administrator to embed the video into a page. An iFrame-Code is an embed code that encloses the video in an iFrame whereas an HTML-Code is an embed code that encloses the video in a regular HTML div element.

HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)

HLS is an HTTP-based adaptive bitrate streaming protocol for delivering media such as video over the internet. HLS splits MP4 files into shorter chunks of video that are encoded at multiple quality settings in order to minimize buffering and improve the streaming experience.

Interactive Overlay

A video overlay allows users to add a text/image element to a video in order to interact with the viewers or entice them. For example, a clickable Call to Action (CTA) or additional information.


One aspect of metadata that makes use of words to find a video or any number of videos that are related to a particular theme.


Simply put, data about your data. Video metadata, for example, includes information such as video title, video description, and keywords. It’s important to add metadata to a video in order to make it search-friendly and help viewers understand what it’s about.

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

A security protocol designed to grant and limit access to certain features. In many cases, companies seek to provide an individual or a group with partial access to video content. For example, allow playback yet not sharing. Implementing RBAC helps them ensure their videos aren’t modified, deleted, or distributed by unauthorized parties.

video management role-based access control

Single Sign-On (SSO)

A centralized authentication process in which a user gains access to a variety of corporate assets upon providing one set of login credentials. SSO is a common enterprise requirement since it enhances security while improving user experience and alleviating workload on IT departments.

Social Media Embedding

A feature used to integrate video content within external platforms, such as Facebook, or YouTube.

Software as a Service (SaaS) Video Platform

A video platform that is deployed in the cloud rather than on-premises . While each deployment model has its relative advantages, our video experts recommend SaaS deployment as it’s more secure, reliable, and cost effective in comparison with other deployment models. Learn more.

Video Content Management System (VCMS)

A content management system with a video focus. In other words, a software application used to manage and distribute videos. A VCMS provides enterprises with various video workflows and enables them to organize, modify, and share video content internally and externally.


Video thumbnail is a frame that serves as a preview of the video in question. A thumbnail is important because it draws viewers’ attention to the video, thus making it more appealing. As a result, it also has a favorable effect on searchability

Video Attachments

Video attachments is a function that allows users to attach files to a video, granting viewers immediate access to additional resources that are vital to understanding the topic in question. For example, a handout attached to internal training, or a product manual attached to a product video.

Video attachements

Related Videos

A list of video recommendations to help users discover new video content that may appeal to them. The list is determined by the video player based on common keywords and is normally presented on the right pane of the browser window.

Video Formats

Videos can be saved in multiple video formats. Formats are actually rules prescribing the conditions for storing video files. For example, they specify the maximum resolution and color depth, the aspect ratio, or the number of images per second. Note that different devices require different video formats. Therefore, and in order for a user to be able to watch a video, it needs to be delivered in a compatible format. A video encoder or video codec is a device designed to support viewing experience by transcoding a video input into multiple streaming-compatible formats.

Now, that you’ve familiarized yourself with the basic video management glossary, you’re ready for the next step: Watch the following on-demand webinar and learn how to create a winning video strategy. 

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