Volunteers needed: We have a fabulous TV collection, and the US is going into an election period. We would like to pull out the TV Commercials, including the political ads, and match them with the other occurrences, and then put names on them. Then we and others can datamine and surface this information.
We hope we could find all ads so we can know when and were they ran. We would like to not just limit this to political ads because sometimes the ads are the best parts of shows, and many ads are stealthy-political.
To help in this process, we have closed caption transcripts of what is said in US TV as well as full resolution TV recordings. We also often have a rebroadcast of the same program which would likely then have different commercials. We do have to be careful with this data so, we would like to run this locally in our virtual machine “virtual reading room“.
We tried the open source commercial detector included in MythTV, but it seemed to leave all the commercials in a commercial break in a block. Also it was not that reliable. It needs more work.
This is not an easy project, and do not have a budget (yet) to pay for it, unfortunately, so maybe fame and helping the open world. If you can help in this project, we would appreciate it.
Please leave a comment on this post or send a note to Roger Macdonald, the leader of the TV News project.