Combining citizen video journalism with HTML5

UC Berkeley’s interesting Rashomon Project is billed as “An Online Toolkit for Assembling Multi-Perspective Chronologies.” In other words, it takes multiple videos, auto-aligns them (by analyzing their metadata & audio signatures), and presents them via an HTML5 interface. “Our goal,” they say, “is to allow the public (potentially hundreds of thousands of viewers) to gain a much better understanding of contested events from user-generated photos and video than is currently possible.” Here’s their 1-minute demo video.

Update: By coincidence I just discovered that Andy Baio synchronized TV coverage of a car chase with man-on-the-street footage of the same broadcast & chase:

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