Britta Meixner

Annotated Interactive Non-linear Video - Software Suite, Download and Cache Management

Supervisor(s) and Committee member(s): Prof. Dr. Harald Kosch (advisor), Prof. Dr. Maximilian Eibl (external examiner)


ISBN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:739-opus-27403

FotoModern Web technology makes the dream of fully interactive and enriched video come true. Nowadays it is possible to organize videos in a non-linear way playing in a sequence unknown in advance. Furthermore, additional information can be added to the video, ranging from short descriptions to animated images and further videos. This affords an easy and efficient to use authoring tool which is capable of the management of the single media objects, as well as a clear arrangement of the links between the parts. Tools of this kind can be found rarely and do mostly not provide the full range of needed functions. While providing an interactive experience to the viewer in the Web player, parallel plot sequences and additional information lead to an increased download volume. This may cause pauses during playback while elements have to be downloaded which are displayed with the video. A good quality of experience for these videos with small waiting times and a playback without interruptions is desired.

This work presents the SIVA Suite to create the previously described annotated interactive non-linear videos. We propose a video model for interactivity, non-linearity, and annotations, which is implemented in an XML format, an authoring tool, and a player. Video is the main medium, whereby different scenes are linked to a scene graph. Time controlled additional content called annotations, like text, images, audio files, or videos, is added to the scenes. The user is able to navigate in the scene graph by selecting a button at a button panel. Furthermore, other navigational elements like a table of contents or a keyword search are provided. Besides the SIVA Suite, this thesis presents algorithms and strategies for download and cache management to provide a good quality of experience while watching the annotated interactive non-linear videos. Therefor, we implemented a standard-independent player framework. Integrated into a simulation environment, the framework allows to evaluate algorithms and strategies for the calculation of start-up times, and the selection of elements to pre-fetch into and delete from the cache. Their interaction during the playback of non-linear video contents can be analyzed. The algorithms and strategies can be used to minimize interruptions in the video flow after user interactions. Our extensive evaluation showed that our techniques result in faster start-up times and lesser interruptions in the video flow than those of other players. Knowledge of the structure of an interactive non-linear video can be used to minimize the start-up time at the beginning of a video while minimizing an increase in the overall download volume.

Chair of Distributed Information Systems, University of Passau


The Chair of Distributed Information Systems is engaged in teaching and research related to Distributed and Multimedia Information Systems (DIMIS). We contributed to the MPEG-7, MPEG-21 and W3C standardization efforts in the areas of metadata standardization, efficient metadata encoding, adaptation of multimedia content, and development of the MPEG query language. Other research interests are the development of intelligent systems for hypermedia, distributed data processing, collection and classification of data for multimedia, and data-intensive applications.

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