Saturday, 22 October 2011

On the regular search of the Internet for new Viewers' Advisory tools, I came across this posting on the blog, 'Cataloguing Antelopes'.  It introduces a great resource that I had not come across,

Here is the discussion on the website from 'Cataloguing Antelopes':

The idea was possibly using You Tube to search for a film using keywords, much like many readers advisory services out there.  Searching on You Tube, however, is difficult, unwieldy, and many times, completely futile.
Enter Anyclip.
Anyclip is a new service that was introduced at the TechCrunch50 conference a few weeks ago.  Basically, these developers have created a movie clip search engine, which will allow users to “find any moment from any film, instantly.”  Imagine the possibilities.  A library patron approaches the desk and is trying to find a movie.  She can’t remember the title, but she thinks she remembers an actor’s name and can describe a scene.  I get these kinds of questions from friends all the time:  “You know that movie?  A surfer kid has a pizza delivered to class, and the guy from My Favorite Martian is the teacher.  What is that movie?”  If you didn’t know off hand, you could simply enter a few of these keywords into Anyclip, and voila–Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Right now, the site seems to be targeting movie lovers, studios, and the online film community, but this is a service that could really prove its value for libraries. 

Here is Anyclip's description of their product:

AnyClip is a tagging technology that extracts and indexes metadata of full-length feature films. This database, available through our open API, enhances the user experience on third-party websites, ncluding video, travel, fashion, sports, and dating, as well as location based services. Publishers and educators can also enrich their content with our syndicated player. AnyClip is the premier video resource for movie studios to monetize and promote their libraries of entertainment online by connecting consumers with the emotional experience of viewing movie clips to make purchasing decisions.

This could be very helpful at the information desk, especially for patrons who are remember things visually. Do you think this would be helpful as a Viewers' Advisory Tool?

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