‘De Telegraaf’ Video Word Search with Merlin Module

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By: E&P Staff

Editors at Dutch national newspaper De Telegraaf will be able to search on any word spoken in a video to find just the right one in seconds using the video module it ordered for its Merlin Asset Management System from MerlinOne, Quincy, Mass.

Merlin’s video search results are automatically cued to the spot where the search term is spoken, saving time that would have been lost to locating, mounting, viewing, or jogging video clips.

The video client also enables editors to monitor the video’s status through production stages and tag in and out points that get transferred to popular nonlinear editors. Merlin works like a video picture desk, making most recent versions available immediately for editing in video programs.

The video module will also be integrated with the Amsterdam-based daily’s Trax, Merlin’s Web-based assignment and budget tool that gives editors an overview of all parts of a package — story, graphic, photo, multimedia slide show or video. Information from the Trax assignment provides additional metadata for managing video content.

Merlin Video integrates with popular transcoders for a fast, scalable way to convert media between virtually any video/audio format and automate workflow. Transcoder integration gives users the flexibility to normalize formats brought into Merlin or store videos in original format and transcode when selecting destination newsroom systems.

De Telegraaf has used Merlin as a fault-tolerant production system for its 16 titles for three years, and has more than 13 million photos, stories, graphics and pages stored.

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