Don’t video player controls seem dumb?

Desktop and web-based players alike allow the user to jump forwards or backwards by 5 or 10 seconds, or possibly speed up and slow down playback. These controls operate identically no matter what the user is watching – there’s no connection between the content of the video, and the controls.

DVDs were the first format I know of that allowed you to skip via chapters, but even something as basic as those coarse-grained content-aware controls aren’t available in things like YouTube videos today.

Here’s an idea for how to identify the salient points in a video that a user might want to skip to: the good news is that this could all be done automatically, and with very little overhead; I’ll leave the bad news to the end!

James Brady

I’m a software engineer by trade and an woodworker for fun. I like hard problems and learning new things with which solve them. I’m learning to speak Catalan. I like hiking in, up, and around vertiginous scenery. I play the trumpet poorly. That is all.

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