user contributed movie scene selection, or, past clearplay

I envision having a system where users can contribute their own EDL’s, or filters, for DVD’s. ¬†These filters tell you when to stop, when to start, when to continue but muted.¬†

Then to use them you right click a menu associated with the DVD in the drive, and select from the available filters for that DVD.

There is a central repository for it that provides for auto downloading of all filters, and auto downloading of filters related to a DVD when it is first inserted.

The filters can also do more than just mute or skip–they can jump from one spot to another [ex: inserting outtakes, with and without choosing sections of the screen of said outtakes to insert], insert outside media into the middle of playing it [ex: sounds to play over profanity, user contributed soundtracks/voice overs, etc.]

14 thoughts on “user contributed movie scene selection, or, past clearplay”

  1. oh yeah and users can upload clips and such, stored in a central repository, OR keep them scattered across the internet, or distributed P2P to each other [legal clips, mind you], which clips will be inserted into playback of said DVD/blu-rays. This could be integrated into a TV set top box or on a computer program, or integrated into a media player on a TV or within the TV itself, and could also be used offline, in that they could download clips/filters to their computer and use them off line.
    They could also make home copies of the DVD [for home use only] which had the clips inserted into them [and/or segments removed, etc.]
    It could allow for feedback/evaluation or comments on the various filters available, as well.

  2. so users can upload their own content to filter and/or add to a DVD. Users can also rate each filter for a certain setting of each of various categories.

  3. Users can thus specify “dvd/blu ray sections” and mark those sections with flags as to what type of content they play.

    This list would be used for example: to play through a DVD and skip boring scenes, to insert outtakes back into a DVD, to skip from song to song [watching it like a music video] within a musical arrangement, skip offensive content, etc.

    It would support the use of an external coding device to allow creation of a new DVD/blu-ray from the first that constitutes just those sections, and/or edited sections according to user specifications (not destroying the original or changing it in any way–similar to inserting/tearing pages out of a book or skipping a track when playing a CD at home.

  4. also interesting would be to allow “user content controlled player” to specify overlays to the screen as things play, and/or zoom in on certain parts [i.e. basically apply a filter to each image as it is inserted–whether zooming or modifying it somehow during playback].

    Potential usefulness: add a red circle around flaws in a movie, insert [textual] user feedbacks over a movie [a la youtube currently], etc. Or zoom in on certain parts to emphasize them for some reason. Users could specify which frames and filters to apply to each frame, or a start and stop time. Appropriate filters would be anything in the literature re: digital imaging [smoothing, zooming, applying overlay image(s), panning, etc.]. This should be considered a separate invention if covered by some other existing patent.

  5. The key here is control. If there are a list of sections [by times or frames or “matches this sound or this visual pattern”] each section has some rating, for example one might be “boring level 7” or tagged with some tag like “boy looks at ground for 5 minutes”
    Users can then arbitrarily select levels or specific tags or specific sections to skip. It can then either play it back from the media itself or rip from it and create a new media that includes the selections [which could then be burned to another media, if desired]. It offers extreme control including per-DVD, per-viewing, global settings, etc.

    And user feedback per setting/tag, etc.

  6. also can have per – user settings, per-DVD, parental controls, etc.

    Also can be either embedded in a set-top box [like a DVD player] or in its own box just outside the DVD player, or in a remote for a DVD player, or in a computer program to watch or rip on the computer itself. May or may not include other programs to complement its ability, like audio enhancers and visual, etc.

  7. Also it can be applied to streams, too–while the incoming stream is coming in it can edit portions [possibly acting as a middle man between the stream and the end program].

  8. latest thought

    as an incoming video/audio/data stream is coming in, it tracks where you are “since start” (possibly at certain rendezvous points, based on what the sound sounds like), then it mutes/blanks the screen out for you. I guess.

    Like an incoming netflix movie, it can take time based or sound based signatures and blank it for you as it is streamed.

    -r

  9. copied from my other blog post on the thing: http://programming-gone-awry.blogspot.com/2009/12/beyond-clearplay.html

    My latest thought is that
    say you are streaming a film off the internet, via something like netFlix

    As it’s coming in, it can optionally “blank out sections” (black screen) or mute them, based on the time setting of the input stream coming in.

    Or add a separate picture/video clip “over the top” of the image/sound of incoming streamed data.

    Or save away the incoming video/audio stream, then replay it with the traditional filtering available

    latest thought
    a system such that
    “while playing through a movie that is being online streamed, it ‘mutes over’ or ‘blanks over’ unwanted scenes” (or even plays music over them or a youtube video or what not). Also it could “simulate” pressing the fast forward button on some online player (like netflix’ instant streaming player) or readjust that way. It could also “screen capture” these other plays to detect at which point of the video they are at using font recognition techniques, and thus know when to start and stop playing of the film. It’s like an overseer to you while you watch the film.

    2:40 PM
    Roger Pack said…
    Another way to do it would be to “coordinate” an overseer with a normal player, such that the two are “time synced” starting at the beginning of the film, then they know which part is when, and the editing can occur.

    This includes automatic download of editing system “commands” for translation, and selection within those commands of different “levels” of content to be blocked. For example “boring level 2” could be skipped.

    It also allows people to collaboratively share “edit commands” with one another, and make modifications to those that exist, and/or apply their own. this includes automatic recognition of media being played so that the proper options for “edit commands” can be displayed. These same commands can also be edited collaboratively online.

    2:43 PM

    see also http://betterlogic.com/roger/?p=2618

  10. netflix instant: you can choose “what to do” in scenes of violence, etc. mute? skip? overlay? decrease volume? fast forward? several? depending on intensity, too, etc.

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