Futures Lab Update #51: SXSW Recap; Text Searches for Audio and Video

    by Reuben Stern
    March 19, 2014
    OP3Nvoice lets developers integrate text searches of audio and video files into websites and mobile apps.

    Reported by Reuben Stern and Olga Kyle.

    This week we present some key takeaways from the annual South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. We also visit a start-up that is making it possible to add a text search function to audio and video files.

    "A lot of journalists use Calltrunk to record their interviews because you can make a phone call, and it ends up in your trunk online, and then you can search [the audio or video for your reporting]." -OP3Nvoice CEO Paul Murphy


    PART 1: SXSWi 2014 recap

    Wearable technology, automation powered by big data and multimedia creation tools were among the top things we spotted at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. We piece it all together and present a few big themes that emerged at this year’s annual gathering of digital creatives from across different industries.
    Reporting by Reuben Stern and Olga Kyle.
    [To skip directly to this segment in YouTube, click here.]

    A few of the specific technologies mentioned in our report:

    Additional coverage from RJI:


    To get more SXSWi conference insights and reflections from the team at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, click here.

    PART 2: Text searching media files with OP3Nvoice

    A new platform called OP3Nvoice is making it possible for developers to integrate text searches of audio and video files into websites and mobile apps. We visit the startup’s office to learn how it works from CEO Paul Murphy.
    Reporting by Tatiana Darie and Reuben Stern.
    [To skip directly to this segment in YouTube, click here.]

    Related examples:

    Calltrunk, from the same founders as OP3Nvoice, provides recording and search capability for phone and Skype conversations. The tool could be potentially useful for journalists, as it allows users to record multiple interviews and browse through the library to jump to the segments they need. You can sign up for a trial and get 30 minutes of phone and 60 minutes of Skype recording for free.

    Mobento curates educational videos by speakers from places like Stanford, Yale, Khan Academy and TED. The Mobento search function, powered by the OP3Nvoice platform, enables users to find instances of specific words or phrases inside the entire video library.

    Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and host and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.


    The Reynolds Journalism Institute’s Futures Lab video update features a roundup of fresh ideas, techniques and developments to help spark innovation and change in newsrooms across all media platforms. Visit the RJI website for the full archive of Futures Lab videos, or download the iPad app to watch the show wherever you go. You can also sign up to receive email notification of each new episode. 

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