Tim noted that one of the inherent problems that we've had within the video industry, is the loss of metadata throughout the production process. Camera equipment and editing systems create metadata, which is in an "island" unto itself and doesn't transfer to the master tape or DVD. The industry is well aware of this issue but has yet to address it in full, but that's changing slowly. Tim's article does a deep dive into the space to see how the problem is being addressed. Online video offers a greater opportunity to retain rich metadata, which helps with search and discovery. Publishers are seeing the value of metadata because it makes their content more searchable and monetizable.
In this interview, Tim provides an industry snapshot on current end-to-end solutions like Adobe Story, offered as an online service, which Tim says,
"Adobe Story takes a holistic view on script development as one of the keys to production and postproduction, using the act of script creation as a way to mask a powerful underlying metadata repository."He identified three basic markets for metadata:
- The overall market for making search more easier - which limited to search companies
- Entertainment - bringing search capabilities to broadband enabled devices like XBOX 360 and others
- Corporate training and lectures - long form and highly unscripted content, speech detection and OCR software to detect Powerpoint slides with synchronized presentations