Insight: An annotation tool and format for film analysis

Billal Merabti 1 Hui-Yin Wu 2 Cunka Bassirou Sanokho 1 Quentin Galvane 3 Christophe Lino 2 Marc Christie 2
2 MIMETIC - Analysis-Synthesis Approach for Virtual Human Simulation
UR2 - Université de Rennes 2, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique , IRISA-D6 - MEDIA ET INTERACTIONS
3 IMAGINE - Intuitive Modeling and Animation for Interactive Graphics & Narrative Environments
Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, LJK - Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann, INPG - Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble
Abstract : A multitude of annotation tools and annotation formats for the analysis of audiovisual documents are available and address a wide range of tasks (see Elan [SW08] and Anvil [Kip10]). Existing approaches however remain restricted in the visual elements they can annotate on the screen: for example annotating on-screen arrangements of characters so as to evaluate continuity editing over shots is problematic with most annotation tools and languages. It would indeed be beneficial to have an annotation tool dedicated to filmic studies with a format that would be able to not only provide insight in analytical approaches, but also to support generative approaches, such as reproducing framings and shot sequences in 3D environments from annotated examples of real movies (in a way similar to [RGB13] yet with a more precise annotations). In this paper, we propose an annotation language broadly suited to analytical and generative cinematography systems. The language observes the axes of timing, spatial composition, hierarchical film structure, and link to contextual elements in the film.
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Billal Merabti, Hui-Yin Wu, Cunka Bassirou Sanokho, Quentin Galvane, Christophe Lino, et al.. Insight: An annotation tool and format for film analysis. Eurographics Workshop on Intelligent Cinematography and Editing, May 2015, Zurich, Switzerland. pp.57, ⟨10.2312/wiced.20151079⟩. ⟨hal-01240276⟩

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