On the implementation of semantic content adaptation in the drama manufacturing process
ABSTRACT A multitude of platforms with widely varying capabilities is available today for the consumption of broadcasted audiovisual content. Each class of media consumption devices should receive a product not only adapted to its capabilities, but also in a manner that fully conveys the cinematic narrative and hence provides true universal media experiences. This paper presents semantic adaptation processes that integrate with other drama media manufacturing processes and allow directors and other creative staff to naturally carry over cinematic decision making into the content adaptation domain, thereby using narrative story elements already available from other production processes. We discuss how the adaptation process interacts with other processes and what parameters influence the adaptations applied to audiovisual material, followed by an evaluation of our current implementation.
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ABSTRACT: In order to provide audiences with a proper universal multimedia experience, all classes of media consumption devices, from high definition displays to mobile media players, must receive a product that is not only adapted to their capabilities and usage environments, but also conveys the semantics and cinematography behind the narrative in an optimal way. This paper introduces a semantic video adaptation system that incorporates the media adaptation process in the center of the drama production process. Producers, directors and other creative staff instruct the semantic adaptation system using common cinematographic terminology and vocabulary, thereby seamlessly extending the drama production process into the realm of content adaptation. The multitude of production metadata obtained from various steps in the production process provides a valuable context of narrative semantics that is exploited by the adaptation process. As such, high definition imagery can be intelligently adapted to smaller resolutions while optimally fulfilling the filmmaker’s dramatic intentions with respect to the original narrative and obeying various rules of cinematographic grammar. KeywordsSemantic adaptation–UMA–Universal multimedia experiences–Cinematography–Drama productionMultimedia Tools and Applications 07/2012; 59(1):1-34. DOI:10.1007/s11042-010-0710-0 · 1.35 Impact Factor