Video Annotation and Reference System (VARS)Entry ID: VARS
Abstract: The Video Annotation and Reference System (VARS) is a software interface and database system that provides tools for describing, cataloging, retrieving, and viewing the visual, descriptive, and quantitative data associated with video. Developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) for annotating deep-sea video data, VARS is currently being used to describe over 4500 dives by our ... remotely operated vehicles (ROV). VARS has allowed MBARI scientists to produce numerous quantitative and qualitative scientific publications based on video data.
Although originally designed for annotating underwater video, VARS can be applied to any video dataset that requires constrained (i.e. searchable) annotations.
VARS is a suite of 3 applications: Annotation, Knowledgebase, and Query. All three applications are written in Java and have been tested on Windows PCs and Macs. VARS can be used to annotate video from either VCRs that support RS422 control or movie files, such as QuickTime and AVI movies.
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Quality Though they have proven to have great inherent and inferred scientific value, the data were not always collected using systematic search procedures. Biases have been introduced by observation techniques, camera settings, mission planning, changing science terminology, and observation location and sequencing, among other factors. In no way should these data be viewed or analyzed as random, structured, or systematic observations.
Access Constraints None, however VARS works on Windows 7 and XP, MAC OS X, and Linux/UNIX (with some limitations). It requires Java Runtime Environment, version 1.6 (aka Java 6) or later. Developers should have a basic understanding of Java and/or databases.
Use Constraints The VARS software is open source
Distribution Media: Online
Fees: No fees
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: brian at mbari.org
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute 7700 Sandholdt Road
City: Moss Landing
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 95039-9644
Role: SERF AUTHOR
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
5700 Rivertech Court
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20737
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