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Tuesday, Jan 15, 2002

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"Whether all the necessary pieces will ever fall into place is an open debate, but that crucial first step -- technology that lets you search video -- has just been developed and is now being marketed by a United Kingdom-based firm called Dremedia. Founded by Matthew Karas, who previously headed up the interactive TV unit at the BBC, Dremedia has software that combines speech recognition, image analysis, speech-to-text transcription, and the ability to organize so-called unstructured data. In essence, Dremedia's software can analyze video footage -- either raw or edited -- and not only identify nearly every word spoken but also differentiate between speakers and even understand when a scene changes."