Thanks for sending out that document, Erwin.
This is a really interesting topic and I feel like video annotation on the
web should be more of a thing.
On top of what Erwin already provided (OVA looks particularly like A
project that might be good to look at for your needs) there are also:
http://mith.us/OACVideoAnnotator/ - which is a proof of concept using the
open annotation specification (http://www.openannotation.org/). The
specification is format agnostic, intending annotatation of objects with
text, media, web resources etc. - the genius.com folks seem to be involved.
http://cowlog.org/ - pretty basic, but appears to get the job done and is
There are scads of proprietary and open source desktop video
coding/annotating software that I will spare you the burden of going
through. Full disclosure, I work on a project whose sibling project is a
desktop video coding tool for psychology researchers.
From my vantage point, video annotation software generally seems to be
developed around a specific set of user needs (a type of researcher and
research subject, for example). More specific target audience gets a more
robust set of tools targeted at those needs.
The biggest issues come down to diversity of encoding for video and the
ability for operating systems to support the playback of them. This said,
the web has even more limitations around what video formats it will
support, but if you control the source of the video, this might not be such
a big deal.
It would really be great to see video annotation for specifically DH
projects warm up.
Have a look at all the resources and determine whether you think it might
be useful just to roll your own annotator using HTML5, some sophisticated
JS libraries for handling media, and hopefully wrapping in a standard like
the Open Annotation Data model (linked above).
Would love to hear what others think/may have experienced.
On Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 5:04 PM, Erwin Verbruggen <
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> Dear Stuart,
> A few years ago we started an overview of video annotation projects and
> tools for the EUscreen network. We haven't been able to turn it into a
> state of the art document as of yet, but I'm hoping it would be useful for
> such an endeavour:
> Kind regards,
> Erwin Verbruggen
> Project lead R&D
> Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
> Media Parkboulevard 1, 1217 WE Hilversum | Postbus 1060, 1200 BB
> Hilversum | beeldengeluid.nl
> On Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 9:38 PM, Stuart Snydman <[log in to unmask]>
> > I am doing some discovery for a DH project that, at its center, needs to
> > annotate digital video (locally produced videos that will be hosted and
> > streamed on the web in our local environment). We are still gathering
> > requirements, but it needs to:
> > * have a user friendly interface for creating annotations, better on
> > the web but not an absolute requirement
> > * create annotations at specific timestamps, or across spans of time,
> > and have those annotations associated with regions of the video image.
> > * annotations could include, text, audio, video, image, URL, etc.
> > We’d prefer open source solutions that can be integrated into a web app,
> > but aren’t fully closed to alternatives. We’d strongly prefer a solution
> > that supports open standards for annotation or is at least capable of
> > supporting open standards.
> > I know there are many, many video annotation projects. What is the
> > current state of the art in web-based video annotation making and
> > Many thanks,
> > Stu