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Head-mounted capture and access with ShowHow

Our IEEE Pervasive paper on head-mounted capture for multimedia tutorials was recently accepted and is currently in press. We are excited to share some our findings here. Creating multimedia tutorials requires two distinct steps: capture and editing. While editing, authors have the opportunity to devote their full attention to the task at hand. Capture is […] → Read More: Head-mounted capture and access with ShowHow

video text retouch

Several of us just returned from ACM UIST 2014 where we presented some new work as part of the cemint project.  One vision of the cemint project is to build applications for multimedia content manipulation and reuse that are as powerful as their analogues for text content.  We are working towards this goal by exploiting two key tools.  First, we […] → Read More: video text retouch

Introducing cemint

At FXPAL we have long been interested in how multimedia can improve our interaction with documents, from using media to represent and help navigate documents on different display types to digitizing physical documents and linking media to documents. In an ACM interactions piece published this month we introduce our latest work in multimedia document research. […] → Read More: Introducing cemint

To cluster or to hash?

Visual search has developed a basic processing pipeline in the last decade or so on top of the “bag of visual words” representation based on local image descriptors.  You know it’s established when it’s in Wikipedia.  There’s been a steady stream of work on image matching using the representation in combination with approximate nearest neighbor search and […] → Read More: To cluster or to hash?

Copying and Pasting from Video

This week at the ACM Conference on Document Engineering, Laurent and Scott are presenting new work on direct manipulation of video.  The ShowHow project is our latest activity involving expository or “how to” video creation and use. While watching videos of this genre, it is helpful to create annotations that identify useful frames or shots […] → Read More: Copying and Pasting from Video

Open sourcing DisplayCast

We are happy to announce that we have open sourced DisplayCast using a liberal NewBSD license. DisplayCast is a high performance screen sharing system designed for Intranets. It supports real time multiuser screen sharing across Windows 7, Mac OS X (10.6+) and iOS devices. → Read More: Open sourcing DisplayCast

TalkMiner update

Press release on TalkMiner. → Read More: TalkMiner update

mVideoCast: Mobile, real time ROI detection and streaming

mVideoCast lets people communicate meaningful video content from mobile phones while semi-automatically removing extraneous details. → Read More: mVideoCast: Mobile, real time ROI detection and streaming

Lean back with YouTube and Android

Google just released a YouTube remote control app that allows one to seamlessly continue watching a YouTube video from the Android phone to the YouTube Leanback system (and back). Leanback provides a relaxing way to access YouTube contents on a large screen such as on a Google TV or on a desktop screen. Leanback continually picks [...] → Read More: Lean back with YouTube and Android


Somebody named ITALONSOG posted a video that describes the motivation and some of the approach to real-time video capture implemented in NudgeCam, which John Adcock wrote about earlier. The video, set to Usher’s OMG (feat. Will.I.Am), consists of stills with Spanish text and some nifty “high-tech” backgrounds, and features a mug shot of FXPALer John [...] → Read More: NudgeCam.I.Am