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ViTexOCR; A script to extract text overlays from digital video


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Dailey, E.T., 2017, ViTexOCR; a script to extract text overlays from digital video: U.S. Geological Survey software release,


The ViTexOCR script presents a new method for extracting navigation data from videos with text overlays using optical character recognition (OCR) software. Over the past few decades, it was common for videos recorded during surveys to be overlaid with real-time geographic positioning satellite chyrons including latitude, longitude, date and time, as well as other ancillary data (such as speed, heading, or user input identifying fields). Embedding these data into videos provides them with utility and accuracy, but using the location data for other purposes, such as analysis in a geographic information system, is not possible when only available on the video display. Extracting the text data from imagery using software allows these videos [...]


Point of Contact :
Evan T. Dailey
Originator :
Evan T. Dailey
Metadata Contact :
Evan T. Dailey
Publisher :
U.S. Geological Survey
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
USGS Mission Area :
Natural Hazards
SDC Data Owner :
Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

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The ViTexOCR script was developed to geospatially locate videos, primarily for the purpose of including videos collected through the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program in the USGS Video and Photograph Portal.
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  • Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • USGS Data Release Products



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DOI doi:10.5066/F7833Q56

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