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Automatic and Sequential annotations

On ECLAP portal and in other contexts there are several videos that are suitable for some new kind of annotations.
There are many videos coming from the same event and divided in sequential/synchronized parts that can be collected and annotated with the purpose of building a playable structure in which the user can navigate and view them in a interactive and synchronized manner on MyStoryPlayer facility.

 

In figure 1, an example of Toni Servillo videos which are present in the portal is show.   


 


Figure 1:example of structure annotation with Tony Servillo lab videos


There are many videos from a theatrical laboratory of Toni Servillo, Dario Fo and Paolo Rossi that took place at CTA Rome (UNIROMA1). This laboratory lasted some days and it has been recorded from three camera in the room (right side, frontal and left side) and the video of each day is divided in many parts.
It is possible to connect through annotations all these video, creating a structure ordered by day, by sequence and synchronized by point of view. The result is a multi-views vision for each part of the sequence, as you can see in the figure 2.
 

 
Figure 2: view of synchronization of Toni Servillo videos on MyStoryPlayer


In the above Figure 1, two arrows are present, indicating the entry point in the non linear structure.
If a user enters in the point indicated by the blue arrow (by accessing to the MyStoryPlayer icon   3 on that video ), the story will begin from there. While entering from another icon could lead you to start from the red arrow, see  the story from there . 
 

How to create them via Automatic Annotation for the MyStoryPlayer

This kind of annotation is made to satisfy the needs to synchronize some videos coming from the same event. This can be useful when many camera recorded the same event or performance or the same theatrical laboratory of the actor teacher and his students from different points of view.
Due to the presence of a growing number of media, it may be difficult for the users to find the same play taken from different views, or some interesting media to relate to the item chosen at first.
So that, a system that suggests the users a series of similar media annotated has been developed.
 

How to add an automatic annotation exploiting the suggestion mode

In the new interface's box the user can choose among three kinds of annotation: automatic, direct and sequential. Let's talk about the automatic.
The user can add an annotation on a media in the classical manner, clicking on "Add Media Relatioship" button in the action panel.
If users wants to relate some objects to the item already chosen and synchronize it to many videos, he/she can choose the automatic annotation.
 

 

 
 Figure 3: list of suggested content for automatic annotations
 

 

How automatic annotations work?

The automatic annotations create a set of relationships (links and connections) in which each item is annotated with the others, building a set of interconnected synchronized media that can be viewed in the same nonlinear MyStoryPlayer, jumping from one media to another.
In order to suggest users which media add to annotation, clicking on the Automatic button, a list containing a similar objects to the first item will appear, like that in figure 3.
Clicking on the checkbox aside the title, the item will be added to the list of media annotated (figure 4). Then, it is possible to edit and choose a segment from the entire media, as in the classical annotation manner.
 


Figure 4: content added to annotation box for automatic annotations


The three media chosen identify the first part of the first day, taken from three different points of view.
Annotating them in automatic mode, the system will create 6 reciprocal annotations relating each item to each other. On MyStoryPlayer the annotations will be visible as in figure 2. This visual will be independent from the start point, e.g., central, right side or left side.
It's up to the user choose the start point, after that he/she can navigate in the same annotated structure.
 

Sequential annotations

 
This kind of annotations is made to satisfy the need to put in sequence media coming from the same event, or to give a sequential order to media according to a timeline or a narrative path.
As for the automatic annotations, it is difficult for user to find themselves the video to annotate and put in sequence, as the number of items on the ECLAP portal is growing day by day.
For this reason it has been developed a system of suggestions that help users to find similar objects with similar titles in which the sequence of the event is encoded (for example title_1/3, title_2/3..).
 

How to make a sequential annotation?

The user choose a  media to put in sequence in the same classical manner, clicking on the button Add Media Relationship in the Action Panel. In the box's interface, clicking on the radio button Sequential, a list of suggestion will be loaded. These media are chosen depending on the title (similar to the first item), as if there are some item to put in sequence, it is more likely to find it (as it is shown in the figure 5).
 


Figure 5: list of item suggested for the sequential annotation
 

 

How sequential annotations work?

The user chooses a set of items proposed in the list and add them to the annotation box, ordering them through the up/down arrow in the interface.
 


Figure 6: items added to the annotation box for the sequential annotation


Clicking on Save button, a sequence of annotations will be created, and on MyStoryPlayer will be visible in sequence and automatically, e.g. at the end of the first item, the following will be loaded.
Obviously, in the meantime, on the same object, many annotations can be related to, giving the user the possibility to navigate in completely free way on the player.
 
In conclusions, these kinds of annotations (automatic and sequential) give the users the possibility to annotate, synchronize and put in sequence media in a more easy way, with very few clicks and through an "intelligent" system of suggestions of items.

Audio Visual Annotations

MyStoryPlayer, Audiovisual Annotation Tool, how to add annotations Demonstrating and Training about the usage of Audiovisual Annotation tools of ECLAP the MyStoryPlayer. Playing and navigating among annotations, save and share your experience. See more on http://www.eclap.eu/drupal/?q=node/3748
ECLAP Video: annotations, annotazioni
ECLAP Video: Demo of Playlists, dimostrazione di playlist, collection, annotations, collezioni ed annotazioni
MyStoryPlayer, Audiovisual Annotation Tool, how to play with  See more on http://www.eclap.eu/drupal/?q=node/3748
ECLAP MyStoryPlayer, dimostrazione del 20 Ottobre 2011, evento con Dario Fo e Franca Rame

 

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