The Loh Down On Science

Fun-Tuning Video

Carnegie-Mellon University

Waiting for the good part of that YouTube clip?  STILL waiting?  Good news is here!

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.

Welcome to LiveLight, a program that filters a video stream based on novelty.  It's the brainchild of computer scientists at Carnegie-Mellon University.  They apparently couldn't take any more 10-minute videos of their friends' cat drinking water.  

LiveLight constantly monitors action in a video, cutting repetitive or uneventful sections.  Your kid opens a birthday present, then spends 5 minutes looking at it?  The video only shows him tearing off the wrapping paper, and the part where he looks up and grins.

The program needs only one pass, and completes its work in close-to-real time.

With devices like GoPro and Google Glass, it’s getting easier to upload long videos to social media.  LiveLight could be a real help for people who search and tag that material.  And for those who review security-camera footage?  It could be a godsend.

Next, a program to filter boring conversations.  If only!

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The Loh Down on Science is produced by LDOS Media Lab, in partnership with the University of California, Irvine, and 89.3 KPCC. And made possible by the generous support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


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