Re: scene analyzers
- Lisa - yes!
I mean, no I haven't checked out any of that software (thanks for bringing it to our
attention). But yes, this is exactly how I think about my hours and hours of Blogumentary
video footage. It's a huge problem. I was going to send it to the Open Video project ( http:
//open-video.org ) who offered to digitize and index my footage. But that would require
dubbing it all and mailing it - ugh.
For my dream to come true, my dream of making "Blogumentary" truly open source and
searchable and accessible, it has to be indexed to the gills. Chock full-o-metadata. I
suspect this is true of all video we want online, eventually. (Me-tv handles some of that
For example, let's take my 2 hours of interview with Matt Haughey (creator of
MetaFilter.com). The content of the interview varies from his personal and legal struggles
with blogging, to internet hoaxes debunked by citizen journalists, to the impact of blogs
on 9/11. So, new keywords every 5 or 10 minutes possibly. Then you have time and
location. Matt Haughey is associated with Creative Commons, MetaFilter, A Whole Lotta
Nothing, Ten Years of My Life, etc. (and used to work for Blogger). You could also have
aesthetic tags -- this is "talking head." And of course, the entire transcript would be nice.
The last time I looked at this for my job (a few years ago) there was software that could
both visually and aurally index footage using pattern and voice recognition software. But it
was very very expensive. Perhaps these packages offer some of those features at the
consumer level - I'm off to check them out now.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Lisa Harper <lisah2u@g...> wrote:
> I don't know about the rest of you, but I have plenty of video I'm
> afraid to go back and organize or deal with. I've sort of paused in
> my video capturing until I have a methodology that's less
> time-consuming and with higher payoff. I've been eyeing a few products
> that may have some useful features for scene segmentation and
> date/time stamping. Has anyone used DV Sense Capture
> (http://www.sollox.com/products.htm), Scenalyzer
> (http://www.scenalyzer.com) or something comparable? I've seen a
> couple more specialized or creative tools such as VideoScript
> (http://www.videoscript.com/) and DV_Datecode
> (http://www.skydiver.de/stef/datecode_en.htm) which also look
> Also, the problem I have with things like podcasts or (gasp!)
> videocasts are the fact that they are sooo linear and I'm very
> associative and with a limited attention span. What I'd really like to
> do is have my video segmented into smaller bits, then organized on a
> webpage as a series of images with key words or phrases below as
> captioning so that I can glance at the page and see the bits I want to
> see (or hear the bits I want to hear). Sort of like PowerPoint in
> slide layout mode. Has anyone tried presenting video in this kind of
> format? And if we're in dreamer mode, then I also want geo-location,
> physical orientation (compass bearing) and correlation to online maps.
> Individually, all of these things are quite do-able. But as a whole,
> pretty non-trivial....
> Lisa Harper