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This Cool New Software Automatically Finds You the Best Parts of Boring Videos

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Sitting through a boring video waiting to “get to the good part” could be a thing of the past.

* LiveLight is an automated system for summarizing unedited video. LiveLight’s algorithm can analyze footage from Google Glass, for example, and pick out unique activity while skipping over parts that are repetitive or where nothing happens.

* The researchers see several uses, such as analyzing long stretches of video from surveillance and traffic cameras to find an intruder or the cause of an accident.

* It could also be an alternative to video search engines, something computer scientists have been working on for years without much success.

Google helped fund the development of LiveLight. Let’s hope they make it a one-click option on all YouTube videos.

[More.](http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/software-culls-boring- video/)

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