Metavidwiki gone public

The revolution is here and now! If you thought you’ve seen it all with video web technology, think again.

Michael Dale and Aphid (Abram Stern) have published a plugin for Mediawiki called Metavidwiki which is simply breathtaking.

It provides all of the following features:

  • wiki-style timed annotations including links to other resources
  • a cool navigation interface for video to annotated clips
  • plain text search for keywords in the annotations
  • search result display of video segments related to the keywords with inline video playback
  • semantic search using speaker and other structured information
  • embedding of full video or select clips out of videos into e.g. blogs
  • web authoring of mashups of select clips from diverse videos
  • embedding of these mashups (represented as xspf playlists)
  • works with Miro through providing media RSS feeds

Try it out and be amazed! It should work in any browser – provide feedback to Michael if you discover any issues.

All of Metavidwiki is built using open standards, open APIs, and open source software. This give us a taste of how far we can take open media technology and how much of a difference it will make to Web Video in comparison to today’s mostly proprietary and non-interoperable Web video applications.

The open source software that Metavidwiki uses is very diverse. It builds on Wikipedia’s Mediawiki, the Xiph Ogg Theora and Vorbis codecs, a standard LAMP stack and AJAX, the Annodex apache server extension mod_annodex, and is capable of providing the annotations as CMML, ROE, or RSS. Client-side it uses the capabilities of your specific Web browser: should you run the latest Firefox with Ogg Theora/Vorbis support compiled in, it will make use of this special capability. Should you have a vlc browser plugin installed, it will make use of that to decode Ogg Theora/Vorbis. The fallback is the java cortado player for Ogg Theora/Vorbis.

Now just imagine for a minute the type of applications that we will be able to build with open video APIs and interchangable video annotation formats, as well as direct addressing of temporal and spatial fragments of media across sites. Finally, video and audio will be able to become a key part in the picture of a semantic Web that Tim Berners-Lee is painting – a picture of open and machine-readable information about any and all information on the Web. We certainly live in exciting times!!!

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