Use any video file or even an empty video with a defined length as a basis for synchronization.
Create non-linear networks of video fragments (Hypervideos) which can be freely navigated by the user.
Place documents on top of the video (e.g. text, images, web pages or interactive maps) and decide how and when they should be displayed.
Add supplementing materials at certain points of time and compare those with the annotation timelines of other users.
Film shall be "programmed" with Open Web Technologies, rather than rendered out of an editing interface
By "rendering" a film, we permanently seal it and "burn" all its fragments into it. Open Hypervideo is about preserving the openness of film that it has in production environments, so raw videos, cuts, text overlays, effects and included documents can be explicitly referenced, changed and remixed forever (and live!) beyond the frontiers of proprietary editing software and platforms.
We want to re-imagine the organizational concept of hypertext for a film environment. Think of a World-Wide-Web, where all the interconnected text fragments are replaced by film. Instead of a scrollbar, a timeline becomes the controlling instance and spatio-temporal links the basis for document access. In other words: we want to include the web into hyperlinked film and not vice versa.
In order to allow everyone to freely install, adjust and extend FrameTrail, we decided to use intentionally simple technology and self-contained formats. Everything is filebased (no database) and there are no complex build environments or media transcoding frameworks included. The drawback of this approach is that some things might not always work as easy as on a fully-fledged media platform.
The way you use, arrange and display the different components of FrameTrail is up to you and the affordances of your project. From just using FrameTrail as a full-site video player up to using it as a highly interactive hypervideo solution, everything is dynamically configurable (see also: Getting Started > Layout configurations).
Joscha Jäger, Michael J. Zeder, Michael Morgenstern, Olivier Aubert, Jacob Friedman
Mail: reciprocation | at | open-hypervideo | dot | org