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InVID (In Video Veritas): The Tool Collection

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The EU co-funded InVID project (2016-2019) focussed on the algorithm-supported analysis and verification of videos, something its predecessor REVEAL wasn’t able to cover. Not only did we learn a lot about manipulated video content and ways to detect it in the course of the InVID effort, the consortium also managed to create a number of useful tools for the international verification community. Here’s an overview.

Date

Monday, October 14th, 2019

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Interview: How To Build A Visual Journalism Team

Since January 2019, Deutsche Welle has a visual journalism team. One of its original members is our Eva Lopez. Time and again, people ask her what visual journalism is actually about, why it’s a good idea to support a team like this – and what it takes to keep things going. To discuss those and several other questions, Eva sat down for an interview with her colleague Gianna Grün, data journalism expert and lead coordinator of the new workgroup.

Date

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

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Screener: Simplifying the Use of Company Data in Journalism

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At DW Innovation, we recently explored the use of company-related data in journalism, and how journalists can be supported in this area. As one of six business case partners in the EUBusinessGraph project, we developed the Screener Tool for journalists that is soon coming up for internal Beta release. A good reason to share some insights into our motivation and the key features of the tool.

Date

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

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Project LIMES: first augmented live video streaming features successfully tested at Global Media Forum 2019

DW’s and Contentflow‘s joint venture DNI project LIMES had an excellent test run at the Global Media Forum in Bonn last month: Not only did the underlying live streaming platform provide loads of smooth standard signals, it also managed to render the first truly augmented features recently envisioned and implemented by the LIMES team.

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Monday, June 17th, 2019

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“I believe that drones can be used for good, I believe that they can be transformative” – a video interview with Johnny Miller

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Johnny Miller at Deutsche Welle Bonn (photo by Alexander Plaum)

For a long time, drones were a) very expensive and b) almost exclusively used for spying, instilling fear, and killing people. This has significantly changed in recent years. While there’s – naturally – still a massive market for so-called military UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), drone production for the civil sector has increased as well: Several tech companies now offer peaceful flying gadgets that feature high quality propellers and cameras and are available for less than 1000 euros. Simultaneously, drones have become favorite tools for a dedicated scene of journalists, artists, and media innovators all over the world. One of them is Johnny Miller.

Date

Monday, May 6th, 2019

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New HLT project GoURMET to improve machine translation for low-resource languages and domains

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The name sounds very haute cuisine, but the only pot the GoURMET consortium will be stirring is that of Global Under-Resourced Media Translation: Started in January 2019 and funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 program, our latest human language technology (HLT) effort is all about improving the robustness and applicability of neural machine translation (NMT) to low resource languages and domains.

Date

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

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? Take me out to the boat race … ?

Experimental drone video production over Wannsee

As part of the research in the MultiDrone Project, one of our consortiums investigates how drones can support journalistic work in an innovative way. The project plan foresees a set of evaluation scenarios due in the third project year, when the custom-made MultiDrone UAVs are ready to fly. In order to gain more experience with hands on drone-cinematography until then, DW has started experimenting with off-the-shelf drones. One of those experiments was the trip to the Meteora region in Greece, in August 2018. There, a DW-team used three drones (Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, Inspire 2) to closely follow two climbers exploring the wonderful mountain peaks in the area.

In October 2018, the project took it a step closer to the actual MultiDrone production scenario: A live rowing regatta.

Date

Monday, April 1st, 2019

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Digger – Deepfake Detection

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When we cannot trust our eyes and ears anymore, then what can we trust?

Deepfakes are hyper-realistic video forgeries in which people say or do things they’ve never actually said or done. The visual quality of deepfakes will soon become so flawless that it will be hard to make a judgement of veracity by mere visual verification.

Date

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

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V4Design: Processing Traditional Media Assets For Interactive Immersive Experiences

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Wouldn’t it be great to experience the Beatles play their first Hamburg gig from the perspective of a fan who danced in the front row? Or witness the fall of the Berlin Wall in a truly immersive way? The bad news: That’s still kind of tricky. The good news: It’s not impossible, and the V4Design consortium has been working on technical solutions for a full year now.

Date

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

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Project LIMES: The Future of Augmented, Interactive Live Streaming

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With the arrival of high-end smart device cameras, sophisticated gimbals, 4G, and platforms like Twitch or Facebook Live, video live streaming has become immensely popular. Journalists have used the technology to cover breaking news right when and where they are breaking, do spontaneous interviews on a popular social media platform, or cover that really long, yet potentially important press conference both in full and on a budget. Unfortunately, journalistic live streams run the risk of becoming rather boring after a while. They might be exclusive, but they also lack dramaturgy, editing, extra features – which is why viewers tend to tune out. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Journalistic livestreams could be more compelling, and we’ve just started a new DNI project that is ready to tackle the challenge: LIMES, short for Livestreaming & Mixed Reality Management System.

Date

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

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