Distributed multimedia archives for cooperative TV production


keywords: multimedia archives, video indexing, image processing, archives access, video documentation, programme distribution, indexing systems, exploitation of archives, service provision

Start Date: 1 November 1995 / Duration: 24 months

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The field of application for the EUROMEDIA project represents the fusion of digital multimedia technology with broadcasting technology. A basic prerequisite for emerging broadcasting services such as Video on Demand (VoD) is the design of digital archives and the provision of suitable means for access them. Since digitised material intended for broadcasting, including relevant descriptive and administrative data, is multimedia in nature, the digital archives also need to be multimedia.

The project addresses both the design of the archives and the development of suitable means for accessing them. It is developing a digital multimedia archive in the broadcasting domain. The project is characterised by:

The system will also provide mechanisms for the management of rights and remuneration. For coping with mass storage problems, most of the material will be kept in preview quality.

The users involved are broadcasters who are participating in the EUROMEDIA consortium and other potential users of the archives.

In addition to the broadcasting scenario described above, the generality of the system being developed will be validated by analysing transfer applications for multimedia publishers (e.g. CD-ROM or CD-I-production). Access to archives is of particular relevance for multimedia publishers, since reuse of multimedia material is essential for maintaining competitiveness.

Contact Point

Dr. Hans-Georg Stark
Sauerwiesen 2
D-67661 Kaiserslautern
tel +49-6301-6060
fax +49-6301-60666
E-mail: stark@tecmath.de


Südwestfunk - D - P
Helix 5 - NL - P
Süddeutscher Rundfunk - D - A
British Broadcasting Corporation - UK - A
Österreichischer Rundfunk - A - A
Sveriges Television - S - A
PathÉ Télévision - F - A
Instituto Trentino di Cultura - I - A

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EUROMEDIA - 20636, December 1995

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