is an Open Source project for creating visual timelines:
Visual timelines show you the structure of a video at a glance, by visualizing its color development. Try hovering over/tapping on the image!
First, they're pretty!
And second, they are useful: When you integrate them into actual video players, you can use them for navigation! With a little practise, you can differentiate scenes, and skip to parts that interest you. In a talk recording, you can see when the slides change, or where the Q&A begins. We think this makes video navigation more efficient, precise, and active.
As of 2018, Timelens is under active development. We are going to build:
We also plan to integrate Timelens into media.ccc.de, the video archive of the Chaos Computer Club.
The simplest way is to subscribe to our newsletter! You'll be the first to receive news about the project, probably a few times a month:
Also, you can follow us on Twitter, if that's your thing: @timelens_io
The Timelens project (formerly known as nordlicht) was started by Sebastian Morr, a computer scientist, programmer, and designer from Germany. He's enthusiastic about free licenses, food, and minimalism, and he values autonomy, creativity, and curiosity. He has attended a scientific workshop on Origami in the Caribbean, backpacked through Japan, and is drawing algorithm assembly instructions.
When he stumbled over the moviebarcode Tumblr in 2011, he immediately wanted two things: An efficient tool for generating these "visual timelines" himself. And a really good integration into video players, so they could be used for navigation!
Now, supported by the Prototype Fund, he can make that vision a reality!
Sure! Try clicking around in the visual timelines below the videos! Click the video itself to pause it: