ReCap system provides real
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ReCap system provides real-time video analysis

A consortium of European technology firms has demonstrated a working prototype of a video analysis system at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show.

The software from the Realtime Content Analysis and Processing (ReCap) team will automatically analyse and extract time-stamped, descriptive and technical metadata from live broadcast-quality video and archive content.

New Media Research (NMR) chief operating officer Alex Buchanan said that the aim of the project was to create a viable product and business plan by the project’s May 2018 deadline.

He said: “We have a basic proof of concept that shows the algorithms working and analysing content.

“By IBC2017 [International Broadcasting Convention] in September we would like to have an alpha product which will show the ability to take in live streams as well as files and process them in real-time and produce results and publish them to a MAM or as XML data.

“And by this time next year we will have a beta product and a more developed business plan for how we will take it to market.”

The final ReCAP product will in deliver time-stamped, real-time descriptive analysis of video and audio content, including objects, logo, face detection, and content duplication.

It will also provide automatic detection of quality impairments, such as lost/frozen video frames, block dropouts, visible macroblocking, and estimation of sharpness and noise, as well as potentially automatic quality improvement, interpolation of image regions or entire frames, denoising, and block artefact suppression.