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Journal of Electronic Imaging

Tackling action-based video abstraction of animated movies for video browsing
Author(s): Bogdan E. Ionescu; Laurent Ott; Patrick Lambert; Didier Coquin; Alexandra Pacureanu; Vasile V. Buzuloiu
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Paper Abstract

We address the issue of producing automatic video abstracts in the context of the video indexing of animated movies. For a quick browse of a movie's visual content, we propose a storyboard-like summary, which follows the movie's events by retaining one key frame for each specific scene. To capture the shot's visual activity, we use histograms of cumulative interframe distances, and the key frames are selected according to the distribution of the histogram's modes. For a preview of the movie's exciting action parts, we propose a trailer-like video highlight, whose aim is to show only the most interesting parts of the movie. Our method is based on a relatively standard approach, i.e., highlighting action through the analysis of the movie's rhythm and visual activity information. To suit every type of movie content, including predominantly static movies or movies without exciting parts, the concept of action depends on the movie's average rhythm. The efficiency of our approach is confirmed through several end-user studies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2010
PDF: 14 pages
J. Electron. Imag. 19(3) 033002 doi: 10.1117/1.3456697
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 19, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
Bogdan E. Ionescu, Polytechnical Univ. of Bucharest (Romania)
Laurent Ott, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Strasbourg (France)
Patrick Lambert, Univ. de Savoie (France)
Didier Coquin, Univ. de Savoie (France)
Alexandra Pacureanu, Polytechnical Univ. of Bucharest (Romania)
Vasile V. Buzuloiu, Polytechnical Univ. of Bucharest (Romania)

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