Real-time Content Analysis and Processing (ReCAP) is a project co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme which ended in May 2018. ReCAP will bring to market a range of automatic content analysis services to form an affordable, scalable and flexible platform designed to enhance metadata-driven media workflows and realise the value of historical content archives.

About the project

The media production industry is rapidly evolving and expanding globally, primarily driven by the explosion in mobile devices such as phones and tablets, the ubiquity of internet access and the subsequent demand to consume content anywhere, at any time and on any device. It follows that modern media production workflows must be agile enough to support multiple heterogeneous sources and playout targets in a responsive and cost-effective way. This poses challenges for quality assurance and Media Asset Management (MAM) where access to rich metadata and data integrity are essential.

Today, these challenges are only addressed by enterprise and high-end solutions used by major public and private broadcast companies; solutions which are highly proprietary, extremely costly and complex to implement for the large number of small to medium sized creative companies, smaller broadcasters and corporate teams responsible for producing audiovisual content for broadcast, video on demand, web and mobile consumption.

ReCAP aims to take recent technology research results from automatic real-time content analysis and processing and bring-to-market an affordable, integrated, scalable, open commercial software solution. It will include the automated extraction of metadata (e.g., detection of logos, faces, temporal segmentation, visual similarity) for use in media asset management and the analysis of the visual quality of the content and automatic tools for reducing or repairing quality impairments.

The algorithms will be implemented as modules that can be integrated into real-time analysis pipelines, as well as batch processing for non-real time workflows and can be deployed locally or scaled as cloud-based services.

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About the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

For more information about the Horizon 2020 Programme please visit

Latest blog entries

dock10 Innovation Day

28th June 2018

Meet the ReCAP team at the dock10 Innovation day in Manchester

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HPA Creative Tech UK 2018

27th June 2018

NMR exhibits the results of the ReCAP project at HPA Creative Tech UK in London.

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