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To define, create and demonstrate a Universal Electronic Production system capable of meeting the demands of both the Film and Television Industries. Film as a production format is flourishing, fuelled by the inertia of the feature film industry and demand for High Definition TV programmes in both the United States and other parts of the world. The film industry increasingly makes use of electronic post-production techniques and is seriously considering electronic distribution now that TV production technology is approaching an acceptable performance. We aim to create a production chain to demonstrate that a completely electronic, high resolution capture, editing, storage, distribution and asset tracking system can now be devised and built. Propagation of metadata (conforming to standards currently under development) through the system will ensure that each archived version will contain a history of the processing used since its creation.

The goals of the METAVISION project are to revolutionise the way films and TV programmes are currently captured, produced, stored and distributed. Its innovative electronic production system reduces the cost of film production, allows more artistic flexibility in shooting and editing for film, allows integration of real and virtual images at source quality for film production and in the compressed domain for use in TV studios. Content may be readily converted between existing distribution media (film, HDTV, SDTV) and existing compression formats (MPEG-2). The system will take into account the future requirements of compression schemes and metadata carriage currently under consideration in the standards bodies (SMPTE) for standards such as MPEG-4, MPEG-7, dnd will allow material to be archived at various reference qualities depending on application.

Work description:
Workpackage 1 (WP1), Management, is responsible for the overall co-ordination of the project and will ensure that communication between the partners and the Commission is effective. Liaison will be made with other bodies working in this area such as the ISO/MPEG and SMPTE with the agreement of the Steering Board. Workpackage 2 (WP2), User Requirements, will ensure the project addresses the needs of users in both the film and TV industries through user and industry expert statements, benchmarking and creation of test source material. Technical progress in WP2 will form part of the ongoing bimonthly reports and bi-annual reviews to the Commission. Workpackage 3 (WP3), System Specification, will define the specifications for the equipment, software their associated interfaces, metadata structure and protocols to be used in the system, and specifications for the individual equipment and software packages that must be written in WP4 and WP5 to achieve the project objectives. Workpackage 4 (WP4), Prototype Development will develop and test the research prototype equipment and control software which will make up the Universal Production Demonstration Chain based upon the specifications agreed in WP3. The system will process three sets of information which flow throughout the chain - the image information, the metadata and control system. Workpackage 5 (WP5), Integration and Validation, will bring together the hardware and software developments as a functional Universal Production Chain. The performance of the system will be tested to validate the results against the objectives set in WP2 (User Requirements). The test source material will be used to evaluate the technical progress made in the project against the inital state of the art results. Workpackage 6 (WP6), Asessment and Evaluation, will deal with the risk elements within the project. It will monitor whether user requirements are met over the 28 months of the project, and ensure that measurable product objectives and criteria for validation are fulfilled and rsks assessed throughout the project. Workpackage 7 (WP7), Dissemination and Implementation, will include dissemination of appropriate information concerning the project, exploitation, planning and assessing the prototypes' commercial feasibility.

Initial User Requirements - M7:
Updated User Requirements - M14:
Dissemination and Use Plans - M8:
Risk Reports - M11:
System Specification - M13:
Concept Test - M11
Preliminary Prototype Development Report - M21:
Feasibility Demonstrator - M33:
Final System Specification - M36:
Demonstration of Chain - M36:
Prototype Chain Validation and Usability Report - M36:
Final Project Report - M36.

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