October 27, 2010

Minority Report - the editing interface

If you have seen the movie Minority Report you'll remember the scenes with Tom Cruise's character in front of a bank of screens, sifting through information using hand gestures only. 

John Underkoffler led the team that came up with the interface. Now it has been developed further and called the g-speak Spatial Operating Environment

Underkoffler recently spoke at the TED conference and did an interesting demo of the system. Once you've seen it you'll want one.

What is interesting for TV production is that it could be used for video editing, and a USC LA-based student, Emily Duff (and others), has developed a prototype system called Flatbed. On one video (http://vimeo.com/8225409) there is a very neat way of quickly assembling an edit - simply by drawing a line through a selection of clips (in the order you want them to play). Some of these ideas would work well on an iPad editor...

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