Developing a MovieBrowser for supporting analysis and browsing of movie content
Mohamad Ali, Nazlena and Smeaton, Alan F. and Lee, Hyowon and Brereton, Pat (2008) Developing a MovieBrowser for supporting analysis and browsing of movie content. In: iHCI 2008 - Irish Human Computer Interaction Conference 2008, 19-20 September 2008, Cork, Ireland.
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There is a growing awareness of the importance of system evaluation directly with end-users in realistic environments, and as a result some novel applications have been deployed to the real world and evaluated in trial contexts. While this is certainly a desirable trend to relate a technical system to a real user-oriented perspective, most of these efforts do not involve end-user participation right from the start of the development, but only after deploying it. In this paper we describe our research in designing, deploying and assessing the impact of a web-based tool that incorporates multimedia techniques to support movie analysis and browsing for students of film studies. From the very start and throughout the development we utilize methodologies from usability engineering in order to feed in end-user needs and thus tailoring the underlying technical system to those needs. Starting by capturing real users’ current practices and matching them to the available technical elements of the system, we deployed an initial version of our system to University classes for a semester during which we obtained an extensive amount of rich usage data. We describe the process and some of the findings from this trial.
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