Open Video Project



Begun in 1998, the purpose of the Open Video Project is to collect and make available a repository of digitized video content for the digital video, multimedia retrieval, digital library, and other research communities.

Researchers can use the video to study a wide range of problems, such as: 

  • tests of algorithms for automatic segmentation, summarization, and creation of surrogates that describe video content;
  • the development of face recognition algorithms;
  • or creating and evaluating interfaces that display result sets from multimedia queries.

Because researchers attempting to solve similar problems will have access to the same video content, the repository is also intended to be used as a test collection that will enable systems to be compared, similar to the way the TREC conferences are used for text retrieval. The Open Video Project is sponsored by and developed at the Interaction Design Laboratory at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

The Open Video Project started with the development of a basic framework and the digitization of the initial content. In the next stage of the project, they continue to add video segments to the repository, expanding both the available formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and QuickTime) and genre characterics (student television, anthropological footage, technology demonstrations) of the video. Research on creating innovative interfaces to the video repository that enable users to more easily search, browse, preview, and evaluate the video in the collection is also being carried out as part of the work at UNC's Interaction Design Lab.

Beth Delaney