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An information system is characterized by an indexing system, and the possibility of retrieving information.  Typical indexing time for video in television studios is calculated three to five times the length of the recording – it is done by interns, who then turn over the logged video to higher-paid editors.


Text Box: An engineer charges a client $140/hr for a 2 hour site survey.  He takes a digital camcorder that can take still shots - to both document the survey and allow him to review and inspect something he might have missed.  The follow-up report takes 2 to 4 hours.  Sorting through the video and digital photos, reviewing and filing takes an additional three hours….or doesn’t get looked at and gets downloaded to a folder for the future.

His supervisor wants things labeled now, because no one else can guess what piping system or electrical box is being shown.  Labelling, however, would take nearly as much time as the original survey – and nobody can do it but our engineer.  And three weeks later he can’t remember what things are.  

So we provide him the latest consumer video editing software.  It automatically displays a still frame of every new “scene” so our engineer can find things quickly. It lets him  tag the sequences and extract them into mini-files.  This takes him just under two hours.

Here are the other options: 

1)  He could talk about everything as he performs the survey.  An assistant or secretary billing the client at $30/hr can watch and listen to the report and properly label each sequence for later retention. But if the engineer himself needs to do follow-up checks to see if they’ve gotten it right, we’ve eliminated most of the cost savings of the assistant.

2) have an assistant hold the camera during the survey, or take notes on a palmtop fitted with a radio-frequency “Pocket Production Assistant.” (made by Horita, the video timecode people).  Assuming our engineer has spent $5000 for a studio camera with a timecode source generator, the palmtop screen displays running timecode numbers, which can be annotated on the fly, in the field.

This cuts this indexing time to virtually nothing, but  still only provides us with a log.  To name and store final files and documentation will use another 20 minutes of the assistant’s time.  Plus the extra travel and expenses….
…and coordinating the availability of the assistant.. 

        But most jobs are not television production studios, and very few uses of video warrant this kind of documentation overhead. 


Where video is used as part of a job– the person operating the camera is usually the most qualified to know what they are looking at.  They can choose pertinent segments, and assign file names for storage and later recall.  In fact, the most valuable applications for putting video to use on a job are precisely where you can capture the experience of qualified workers on film – showing and telling what they want others to see.  When a specialist is shooting the video themselves, it is precisely because they want to review and inspect the recording more closely later on.  Yet to do this, as often as not, somebody still has to index it.


Because Thrummer Video Dynamics’ product allows the camera-person to place critical metadata and editing controls directly onto the recording, the recording can be automatically sorted and stored.  “Post” editing times at the computer are reduced to a fraction of the original recording time, and the specialist – whether they be an engineer, an inspector, an athletic coach, or a panel of judges at the State Fair - can immediately put the video to use.


This is the problem.  Video has always been conceived according to the rules of television and film:  YOU need a studio.  You need LOTS of time to process the information and massage the image. 


The solution becomes apparent once we realize that many of the most valuable uses of video in the field only require the ability to index and extract film segments – turning video into a true information technology it deserves to be.


Here is another statement of the problem.  One we are all familiar with:  Video is quick at the outset, but quickly turns tedious and too costly to use as an information technology.


This is the problem Thrummer Video Dynamics set out to solve.  This is why thrumming, and V-Reports give you the solution to add video documentation to your repertoire of modern information technologies – taking reporting, training, analysis, and process documentation to entirely new levels of service and productivity-enhancement for your company or team.









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