Mediacaptain - an interface for browsing streaming media

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The increase of bandwidth and streaming technology has made video on the Web the current "killer-app" of the dot-com world. However, users still face many problems. Users have to find the right video and the right segment within the video. Locally stored files provide easy (but still not very sophisticated) access to individual points in the video by utilizing a seek slider. If the video is streamed over the Internet, this slider loses much of its attraction. Every accessed point in the video requires the video player to buffer, which causes a time lag. The mediacaptain is a system that addresses this issue by using supplementary material like text and graphics to provide indices. This time-aligned material is used to help the user make an informed decision on whether they want to watch a video and if so, what portions. This web-enabled prototype called mediacaptain emerged from user surveys and is demonstrated on several content types and represents an advanced experience with video on the Web.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM International Multimedia Conference and Exhibition 2000
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventACM International Conference on Multimedia 2000 - Los Angeles, United States of America
Duration: 30 Oct 20003 Nov 2000
Conference number: 8th


ConferenceACM International Conference on Multimedia 2000
Abbreviated titleMULTIMEDIA 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CityLos Angeles
Internet address


  • Buffering
  • Streaming media
  • Streaming video
  • Supplementary graphics
  • Supplementary text
  • User interface
  • Video and text
  • Video on the Web

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