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intelligent Metadata-driven Processing and distribution of audiovisual media

Project description

Intelligent Content and Semantics 'Virtual Film Factory'

iMP will create architecture, workflow and applications for intelligent metadata-driven processing and distribution of digital movies and entertainment. These will enable a ‘Virtual Film Factory’ in which creative professionals can work together to create and customise programmes from Petabyte-scale digital repositories, using semantic technologies to organise data and drive its processing.
Challenge
iMP proposes a radical extension to the use of metadata, linking it to semantic technologies to support and enhance the creative processes, to unify the treatment of sound and image, and remove the barriers between postproduction, customisation, formatting and distribution.
Innovation
The outcomes will be five major innovations in the form of:
• Petabyte scale data management, processing and storage systems for the digital film and content industries, which eliminate the un-necessary storage and rendering of transitory data
• Creative applications whereby changes made to any of the principal processes (including editing, graphics, compositing and grading) to be applied automatically across the workflow and viewed interactively, together as a whole rather than separately and sequentially
• Work processes that make it possible for audio and video to be processed together and interact with each other, so that changes in the image geometry are automatically reflected as changes in the audio spatialisation
• Distribution systems that can automatically optimise digital content to individual theatres or playout platforms, and customise versions for different audiences
• A Virtual Film Factory that integrates all the data storage and management, postproduction and distribution technologies, tools and processes in a distributed networked system.
Impact
iMP will produce a step change in the efficiency of postproduction and distribution along with improved methods of producing finished versions of media for distribution to the correct destination. It will support production of higher quality media, by allowing the professional craftsmen in postproduction easily and accurately to track different versions. It will also support the automatic production of correctly versioned and formatted material for playout in cinemas and pubic spaces, in terms of resolution, aspect ratio, screen size and throw, version, sound format, language, subtitling, and other parameters. iMP will reduce cost for distributors, and provide audiences with versions of media tailored to their needs.
iMP will allow the easy and cost effective creation of more variations of material, increasing consumer choice, and ultimately audiences and box office take. iMP seeks to complement the highly developed skills that professional creative operatives possess, with support from machine skills in the day-to-day housekeeping that operators find tedious. It will enable a closer coupling of all of the stages of production of compelling material and will make it possible to create media in which the sound and image respond to each other. As well as providing more compelling and realistic representations of the real world, the interaction of sound and image will create opportunities for artistic expression that do not now exist.
iMP will apply intelligent technologies via metadatabases to the vast number of versions, edits, grades, languages, subtitles and other media objects required in the production of high quality finished media. iMP will improve the quality and reduce cost of media postproduction by allowing the professional operator efficiently to choose the ‘right’ edit with the ‘right’ grade, with the ‘right’ acoustics on the soundtrack, independent of whether he’s actually assembled this version before.

Field of science

  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2007-3
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA
Address
Placa De La Merce, 10-12
08002 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 337 784
Administrative Contact
Josep Blat (Prof.)

Participants (5)

FUNDACIO BARCELONA MEDIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 442 406
Address
Avenida Diagonal 177 - Planta 9
08018 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eugenia Fuenmayor (Ms.)
APUNTOLAPOSPO SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 433 692
Address
Calle Escuelas Pias
08017 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlos Grau Montplet (Mr.)
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 498 493
Address
University Road
H91 Galway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Neil Ferguson (Dr.)
DTS EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 501 825
Address
Unit 5 Tavistock Industrial Estate, Ruscombe Lane Ruscombe
RG10 9NJ Reading
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Blyth Carol (Mr.)
FILMLIGHT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 690 800
Address
Manette Street 14-15
W1D 4AP London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Stothart (Mr.)