Memoways Roadmap

This post will unveil some cool features that will come down the road and open new perspectives on how to make the most out of our platform.

Lets begin with the front end applications – where the end user can interact with the content prepared by the content producer.



The new presentation of the movies created with Memowalk

La suite…

Memowalk, spring update

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Since our last post in december about our mobile application Memowalk, we worked on following features and enhancements:
– design: refactored the placement of the elements (more coherent with the experience) and the design of the assets on the map;
– beam selector: the application comes without bundled beams (for the moment); it is now possible to download any available beam;
– publish your walk: the recorded walks can be renamed and published on the Memoways Hub (in development).

This version will be in test mode for the coming weeks and we will bring out the V1 version for the App Store this summer.
Meanwhile, here are more details with some screenshots.

La suite…

Memowalk video

Memowalk is our innovative smartphone application to « walk your movie ».
Walk your movie ? Yes, while walking you get automatically a movie based on footage coming from the place you are going through and which adapts the form of the narration to your behavior…
You walk fast ? You get a fast edit based on short clips. You stand still ? The story will be build upon longer clips, like interviews.

We made a short video to explain some of the possible usages that can be made with this generic application.

In short, Memowalk creates a personal story based on the interests, the localisation and the behavior of each individual user. It all depends on the content, the metadata (indexing of the content) and the settings of the editing engine.

It will be possible to get branded and personalized versions of this application.

Memowalk will be published as a free app on the App Store in May – until then we will tell more about the features and the user experience in a forthcoming post on this blog. Stay tuned !

Thanks to the team of C-Side Productions for providing the shooting material (shot on RED EPIC) and the team, to the protagonists and Sinner DC for the music. This video wouldn’t exist without Diogo Costa how was second cameraman with his Canon 5D and who did the editing & compositing.

Upcoming projects n°1

We are developing a powerful generic platform to make video storytelling natively compatible with the web; but that innovative tool will only make sense in the hand of creative people with original projects.

On the technical road full of programming languages, we are fueled and inspired by several exciting projects that will come to the world in the next months.
Here are short introductions to selected projects we are developing with various partners around the world; it’s the first selection, other projects will be presented in the next weeks.

Zeru: an interactive graphic novel coupled to a documentary platform.

Zeru

ZERU is an innovative transmedia project. An interactive graphic novel takes the reader on a personalized journey through a compelling story / thriller about the plight of Albinos in Africa, while an online documentary platform showcases real-world footage, facts, interviews and other relatable content.

La suite…

Next steps

As mentioned in previous posts, we are working hard on bringing all the components of our platform in the hands of our clients and of their end users as soon as possible – and we’re stepping closer and closer to that point.

This post gives an overview on the various applications and services we will release this spring.
Please note that the screenshots are provisory captures of our work: the final look & feel will be different, with a more unified and simplified design.

More detailed posts will follow to go deeper into the details of each component.

Front end developments: mobile app & interactive video remixer

Memoways is all about responsive storytelling: every story within Memoways is generated through the interactions and the behavior of the end user.
That means that every story is unique, tailored to each individual user.

The mobile app: Memowalk
Using the Memowalk mobile application, you can compose as many movies as you wish: each personal walk will generate it’s own unique movie based on previously geolocalized footage. Like an Audio-Walk, you hear contextual stories but you get more: the liberty to walk how you wish, «driven» by your immersive experience !
At the end, you get a unique and surprising movie that you can share with your friends.
Memowalk will be available on the iOS App Store as a free app but can also be branded for each of our partners.


Screenshot of the record screen: the movie is generated and visualized in real time

La suite…

Memobeam is coming

Since the middle of 2013 we are talking about a new concept: the Beams. Sounds like a new music band, wildly throwing images round to the public ?
In fact, the public outcome of this concept is the solution we call « Memobeam« .

So, what is a Memobeam ?

A Memobeam is a smart playlist that can be remixed.
Think of your smart playlist in iTunes, or any other music platform: your can set up a dynamic playlist based on, let’s say, english rock music of the nineties. It’s a smart playlist because when you add new music fitting in that category, those new songs will be automatically added to your playlist.
Technically, a Memobeam is a data feed, like RSS or a twitter feed, which can be viewed through an URL.
This feed is containing video assets and metadata information. The specificity of a Memobeam in regard of a RSS feed is the fact that the Memobeam is structured through a query made in the Memoways database.
Within our Memoways OS X application or the coming web admin console, the project manager can save a specific query (like: find all assets that where created in the 60’s and talk about labor in Paris). This saved query can then become a Memobeam, with an URL that presents the filtered content on a website.
Once the content is beamed it can be seen, played, remixed and embedded.
The video player we designed specifically for this purpose is playing the assets (the non edited footage) one after the other in realtime, like… a movie.
The user is also able to watch a movie that is automatically generated out of a structured output of the database of a content creator / owner.

Memobeam is a movie generator in the hands of « simple » web users (in fact, all of us). That rocks !

How is it possible to generate a movie ?

As the Memoways OS X application is focusing on adding lot of information on the content through metadata, the indexed assets are becoming « intelligent » and potentially « independent » (of an author).
The metadata that describe the content are not only answering questions like « who » did the video, « when« , « how » and « where » was it shot – but it also add’s some subjective information on the content, like tags (simple keywords) and structured taxonomies that describe what the content is about. It’s with the help of all those words that the semantic connexions between the assets will be managed in an automatic and algorithmic way.
The end user sees only the significant metadata (themes, authors, date, location, tags etc); by clicking on the metadata, the user basically filters the actual Memobeam with those keyword(s). The list of filtered assets is immediately updated and it’s possible to watch the resulting movie.
In order to manage a playlist that is more than a filtering of the Memobeam, we will add in the near future the advanced feature of editing through a timeline.
It’s not only the type of content, but also the placement within a playlist that will be in the hand of the final user.
It is then possible to embed the remix of the Memobeam as an independent Beam within any blog or website, Facebook etc…

Who would like to create Beams ?

Our Memobeam solution is targeted towards content creators and content owners who would want to give access to their original footage, in an interactive and playful way.
Today the amount of created content has explosed (and the trend is going on): why not use and leverage the « missing » content ?

From the Memoways website: Realize your content’s true potential

Estimated 95% of produced media is never published. This happens not because of mistakes or lack of effort, but due to the simple fact that editors have to deliver a product of a very specific length and style. Be it video, photo, audio or text, most of what is created for a single project goes to waste.

Memoways seeks to tap into the potential of these unused documents.
Instead of measuring a media project’s value in terms of an end product, our platform puts the emphasis on having a vast database of raw media. Everything is catalogued and tagged with great detail, allowing the Memoways innovative Cloud Services generate an endless amount of full-fledged end products, tailored to the project’s demand in length, style, genre and much more.
The best thing is that, while the raw media has to be catalogued only once, your assets can be used infinitely in other projects – either by its creator/owner or anyone he chooses to allow.

What are the usages of a Beam ?

The first usage is to present a coherent collection of  video footage on a website. A structured collection, but still open, expandable, remixable – in short: a living collection.

Today when we shoot a video we create files. Those files are then integrated and structured (edited) within a timeline – a time consuming and intensive work. At the end, the movie is exported and compressed for the web: the result is a file that has lost all the context on the initial content. To be found, to get viral and « live » on the web, context has to be added again, manually. Some keywords are attached sometimes with cue points or interaction markers.
It’s like building a website only with PDF’s: if you want to update a part of the text or add an image, you have to go back to your editor, export, upload and relink.
Anybody is working like this ? Yes, people that deal with video…

Video has to be treated as full time citizen of the web, and not as an alien (known as the black hole on internet, or the web video problem).

What are the benefits of our Beam solution ?

The Memobeam solution we provide out of the Memoways platform is leveraging your initial content for multiple usages, like the one described here. But a Beam can also be integrated within our other solution: Memowalk.
Your assets will live multiple and complementary lives… the more people get in touch with your content in a personalized and original way, the more benefits will come back to the content creator or owner.

And when would it be possible to create and publish Memobeams ?

We are still working on the layout and the features – but we expect that for Q1 2014 the first Memobeams will make some noise on the web !

 

Memowalk: first views

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After a good amount of work, our mobile application Memowalk is on the way to get tested. It’s a big release, that will uncover the potential of the Memoways platform and the underlying concepts.

In a few words: the Memowalk mobile application generates a unique and surprising movie out of a recorded path.

You just walk through a neighborhood and our smartphone app tracks your progress and translates your itinerary into a story drawing from the multitude of virtual information held in the ‘augmented space’. All this in realtime! Once your trajectory is translated into a movie you can watch it and see the movies of other people.

It’s a complete new rewrite of our « Walking the Edit » application that we used for the adaptations in Paris, Brussels and Bagnols-Sur-Cèze.

Here are the main features of this application:

  • window navigation. The 3 main screens are divided into 4 windows. Each window is showing a specific view on what is happening; by clicking on the chosen window it will zoom to fit the entire screen. Clicking on an icon will bring back to the general screen.

  • record your path to generate a movie. By clicking on the record button, the user can record the path with the built in GPS; the movie will be created in realtime (the content database is contained in the application). The user hears the sound of the movie he is « composing »; to get an idea of the footage that is played, one window is showing the current thumbnail of the video; another window is showing the list of the chosen assets with some statistics and metadata; the third window helps the user to see on a map where he is located in regard of the geolocalized content; the fourth window will be a surprise (a champaign style surprise !).
  • watch your movie. The second screen will show the list of the recorded paths, rename and publish movies – and watch them !

  • set your preferences. On the third screen, the user will be able to download Beams (more on that in a coming post), to create or login to his account (with Facebook and Google+ login) and to set language preferences.

Please note that the screenshots are not showing the final interface, design and features; as always, changes are already happening… it’s really the first glance on our mobile application we are very proud of. Thanks to Nicolas Goy for his incredible work, both on the iOS and server side.
There are more important and original features we are working on, but those will be revealed in 2014.
We plan to publish the application on the appstore begin of 2014, so stay tuned

Award at PttP with Zeru

Together with Dan Wechsler of Bord Cadre films, we where presenting mid October the project ZERU at the Pixel Market at Power to the Pixel in London.

ZERU is an innovative transmedia project: an interactive graphic novel enables the reader to get an individual and immersive journey through a linear story, while a documentary platform is dynamically providing real world footage, bringing facts, interviews and other kind of content relevant to the cause.
The originality of this transmedia project is the bi-directionnal and personalized connection between the two mediums: the interactions of the reader within the interactive graphic novel will let him stay into his own narrative path through the story, while creating a trace that will trigger an individual surprise coming from within the documentary platform.

La suite…