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Automated high-level movie segmentation for advanced video-retrieval systems

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3 Author(s)
A. Hanjalic ; Fac. of Inf. Technol. & Syst., Delft Univ. of Technol., Netherlands ; R. L. Lagendijk ; J. Biemond

We present a newly developed strategy for automatically segmenting movies into logical story units. A logical story unit can be understood as an approximation of a movie episode, which is a high-level temporal movie segment, characterized either by a single event (dialog, action scene, etc.) or by several events taking place in parallel. Since we consider a whole event and not a single shot to be the most natural retrieval unit for the movie category of video programs, the proposed segmentation is the crucial first step toward a concise and comprehensive content-based movie representation for browsing and retrieval purposes. The automation aspect is becoming increasingly important with the rising amount of information to be processed in video archives of the future. The segmentation process is designed to work on MPEG-DC sequences, where we have taken into account that at least a partial decoding is required for performing content-based operations on MPEG compressed video streams. The proposed technique allows for carrying out the segmentation procedure in a single pass through a video sequence

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IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 4 )