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Vertical Video: 5 Takeaways from the DW Lab

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DW’s first vertical video story on Instagram

On June 20th, Instagram launched its new streaming video platform, IGTV. Content on the platform will be longer than typical Instagram posts or stories – up to 60 minutes – and, most importantly, video will be vertical only! So what content works well in vertical? And how can news outlets best produce videos that are “vertical first”? DW’s social media department, together with the DW Lab, embarked on a two-week-long experiment with vertical video. Here are five of our most important takeaways.

Date

Monday, October 15th, 2018

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Stunning footage: Multidrone @ Meteora!

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Let’s keep this short: In August, Team Multidrone and our colleagues at Euromaxx recorded stunning aerial footage at Meteora, a famous Greek rock formation. The idea behind the drone shooting was to learn more about drone cinematography for TV production in a real production environment. While having an experimental setup, the material created was used for a DW TV report on rock climbing. Here’s a high quality version of the clip — solely for your enjoyment:

Date

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

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Sixth Sense Retrieval: A Sneak Peak at the Finished Prototype

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The Sixth Sense Retrieval user interface

Earlier this year, we introduced you to Sixth Sense Retrieval, a DNI prototype project dedicated to analyzing and indexing vast amounts of video content in order to unlock media archives. In the meantime, 6SR has been completed, and everybody at MindFlux and DW is quite happy with the results. Within the project scope, we could implement all envisioned features, which can now serve as a basis for a future, more sophisticated tool. Here’s a quick look at what the platform looks like after 6 months of development and testing.

Date

Monday, October 8th, 2018

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Meet us @ ContentAsia Summit 2018

When: 28-29 August 2018
Where: PARKROYAL on Pickering, Singapore

What is it?
Launched in 2009, the ContentAsia Summit focuses on all the issues impacting Asia’s content industry. Its core mission: to create a dedicated space to talk face-to-face about the content ecosystem and the innovation and strategies driving media and entertainment companies in an increasingly connected universe.

Date

Friday, August 24th, 2018

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Fader 2.0: What the consortium has been up to (V)

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Remember Fader/VRappr, the marvelous VR/360 DNI project run by DW, Euronews, and Vragments from February 2017 to May 2018? Of course you do. And we just remembered it’s time to give you a last proper consortium update. But first of all, let’s take a quick look at the past, present, and future of our immersive storytelling tool.

Date

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

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Hello, DW Lab!

We are happy to announce that the team of Deutsche Welle Lab (DW Lab) is joining us for this blog, sharing their projects and videos and thoughts on innovation in journalism. Welcome, Andy Giefer, Angela Kea, and Nadja Scholz!

Date

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

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Interning with the “Innos” – A Personal Retrospective of 10 Weeks at DW Research and Cooperation Projects

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For the last two and a half months, I had the chance to work with Deutsche Welle’s Research and Cooperation Projects (ReCo) Team – and I enjoyed every day of it.

Date

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

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Sixth Sense Retrieval – Making Sense of News Video Archives in Seconds

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Web video content is in high demand these days. As a consequence, most news organizations and media companies have built impressive archives. One big challenge remains, though: It’s often hard to find the video content you’re looking for. Using the latest in artificial intelligence (AI) technology, Sixth Sense Retrieval offers a solution here.

Date

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

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Hackathon “Visualizing Global Inequalities”: Here’s what we came up with.

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79 bottles of Club-Mate, 30 hours of research and coding, 27 participants, six media institutions, three jurors, two outstanding AR concepts/prototypes, one outstanding DDJ tool, lots of great ideas, and one common goal: these are the key figures behind the hackathon we got to host in the scope of the DW Global Media Forum (GMF) earlier this month.

Date

Monday, June 25th, 2018

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Truly Media – Truly Great

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Exciting times for Truly Media — in just two tweeks, we got to present DW’s and ATC’s verification platform at four high-profile events. And yes, that actually included demoing Truly to the German Chancellor.

Date

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

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