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Ormax Media launches unique content testing tool Ormax Xpressive

MUMBAI: Media insights firm Ormax Media has launched a unique content testing tool Ormax Xpressive that is based on automated facial coding. The product is powered by Europe based RealEyes.

The new tool can be used by media companies like TV channels, film studios, content producers and media agencies to test video content ranging from 10 seconds to one hour in duration. Ormax Media has already tested 11 videos using the tool.

Ormax Media CEO Shailesh Kapoor said, “Facial coding based testing captures the consumers’ actual behavioural response to the content being tested, instead of relying on them answering a set of questions. The product is based on the premise that for any content to work, it needs to emotionally engage with its target audience. Decoding facial expressions into emotions enables us to measure which specific emotions were triggered off by the content, at a second-by-second level. We are extremely proud to bring this technology to India, in association with RealEyes.”

The emotions tracked by the product include happiness, surprise, confusion, sadness, disgust and scare. Data can be analysed by age, gender, markets, SECs and other relevant consumer variables. The only equipment required to participate in a test is a webcam-enabled computer. The test can be conducted at the respondent’s home or at a central location.

RealEyes commercial director Alex Slater added, “If 80 per cent of behaviour is determined by the subconscious, why is it that 90 per cent of research seeks to mine the conscious, rational brain? The face doesn’t lie. Facial movements are spontaneous and subconscious. This type of emotional intelligence is richer and more pure, and it makes little demand on the audience during the test.”

Ormax Media has already started establishing benchmarks for television and film content in India which will allow Indian companies to compare their content’s performance with the best Indian videos tested in the respective genres.

Kapoor stated, “There are International case studies that conclusively prove that there is a strong positive correlation between how a piece of content tests using this technology, and how likely it is to achieve its business goals. With millions of rupees riding on each new show or film, a solution such as this can have far-reaching business impact in the Indian media and entertainment industry.”