Department of Information Science and Media Studies
Better Video Workflows

Better Video Workflows: a cooperation between UiB and VizRt

Can you make video-editing a collaborative effort? And is it possible to use AI-techniques in editing? These are two goals in the project Better Video Workflows, which is a cooperative effort between The Interaction Research Group and VizRt.

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UiB og VizRt
The base of the project is a video-editing tool that VizRt has developed called VizStory. It's a web-based, ease to use video editing program. This will be used in the research project where the partners will be looking at two goals, collaborative video-editing and the possibilities of using AI-techniques within video editing. 

Collaborative editing
A videoproduction involves a lot of different people and types of roles, such as producers, editors and directors, all of who need solid cooperation in order to succeed. Better Video Workflows will research how the different roles both coordinate and communicate while in production, either face-to-face, direct messaging, social media or regular email. 
The most important part of feedback and comments on the editing relates to timecode, a reference to a specific frame or second in a video. This enables clear and precise communication while eliminating misunderstandings about what the critique is referring to.

Use of AI-techniques
There has already been some development within AI and editing of either photos or videos. A lot of this in regards to automating trivial tasks, augmenting video and other modes of manipulation than frame-by-frame. 
However, the use of AI within video editing programmes have so far been limited, and there is a lack of research in how video editors would use machine learning in executing their tasks. Therefore Better Video Workflows explores how to use and integrate any AI-techniques within the workflow of editing.

A mutually beneficial cooperation
The Interaction Research Group is representing the Department for Information Science and Media Studies and the University of Bergen. 
They will focus on the interaction between humans and information systems, especially how technology can shape work, collaboration and learning.

On the projects webpage they highlight the benefits of cooperation among UiB and VizRt. 
The latter have great resources to implement the experimental features and lessons in coordination with the expertise found within The Interaction Research Group's on interaction design research

The project is financed by The Research Council of Norway, under the program of user-driven innovation arena(BIA).