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Purpose of the software ======================= The Advene project (Annotate Digital Video, Exchange on the NEt) aims at providing a model and a format to share annotations about digital video documents (movies, courses, conferences...), as well as tools to edit and visualize the hypervideos generated from both the annotations and the audiovisual documents. With the Advene software, teachers, moviegoers, etc. can exchange multimedia comments and analyses about video documents. The project also aims at studying the way that communities of users (teachers, moviegoers, students...) will use these self-publishing tools to share their audiovisual "readings", and to envision new editing and viewing interfaces for interactive comment and analysis of audiovisual content. Design ====== The software consists in a graphical user interface, integrating a video player and an embedded webserver. The graphical user interface is both the authoring and visualisation environment for hypervideos. The application allows to : - create annotations linked to specific fragments of a video - link annotations through relations - structure annotations and relations through user-defined annotation-types and relation-types - query the annotations - specify rendering templates (called views) for the metadata and audiovisual document, which qualify as hypervideos. All necessary metadata is stored in files called packages, that can be exchanged independently from the audiovisual document. Three categories of hypervideos are available in Advene: static views, dynamic views and adhoc-views. Static views are X(HT)ML templates that, applied on the annotations, generate a HTML document. The HTML document is served through the embedded webserver to a standard web browser. Snapshots from the video (extracted on the fly) can be used in the template. It is also possible to control the application (video player control, adhoc view opening...) though URLs. Dynamic views are augmented video renderings, guided by the annotations. It is possible to caption the video, control the video behaviour (pause, change position...), etc according to the annotations. Adhoc-views are programmed views available from the GUI. Among available views are a timeline, a transcription view synchronized with the video... Basic use ========= Sample packages are provided on the Advene website: http://advene.org/examples.html Both the Nosferatu analysis and the Ted Nelson speech analysis can be used as tutorials to go through the Advene features. A user manual is also available at: http://advene.org/wiki/ Copyright Information ===================== This software is covered by the GNU General Public Licence (version 2, or if you choose, a later version).