Relax, Peer Producers, the Robots will Finish Your Film for You

There are two ways to look at the news in the following article.

Either it’s a case of, “Wow, all our video-creating prayers have been answered!”

Or…

“Humanity is so screwed:”

Yes, it's true. munchman chose this image.

Yes, it’s true. munchman chose this image.

by Jamie Condliffe

Everyone’s recording video these days—from the phone in your hand to the GoPro strapped to your head—but that means there’s a lot of garbage being filmed, too. Now, a new piece of software from Carnegie Mellon University can automatically edit out the boring bits and allow you to watch just the interesting parts.

The new software, called LiveLight, constantly evaluates action in a video. It tries to identify visual novelty, so it flags sections that are repetitive or eventless and then edits them out. In effect, it produces a trailer version of the footage you shoot—just the best bits.

Obviously, it doesn’t provide a professional edit—it just fades in and out the clips of interest—but the ideas is that it could help people find the footage they need within huge files captured from cameras that are always on. So, it could help you find the crash in your GoPro recordings, or, perhaps more usefully, identify a break-in from CCTV footage. Just as the the researchers suggest, in fact:

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