Creating An Automatic Highlight Reel For Sporting Events
from the who-needs-human-editors? dept
Weren't we just saying that humans were being automated out of jobs? Add to the list of jobs at risk the "highlight reel editor". Here are some details on a system being developed by a grad student to take a sporting event and automatically yank out the most important parts. I could have sworn we wrote about a similar system recently, but can't find the post. Either way, this article has plenty more details about how such a system works. It looks for certain "visual clues" that something important has happened. For example, when a major play happens, there are often immediate replays in slow motion, as well as text written on the screen (such as an updated score). So, the system will scan for such clues, and then work backwards to pick out the "important" play. The guy working on the software admits that it works much better on sports that play on a monochromatic field, such as soccer, football or hockey. For a game like baseball, he says the system would need to be "tweaked".