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Automated video quality measurement based on manmade object characterization and motion detection
Author(s): Andrew Kalukin; Josh Harguess; A. J. Maltenfort; John Irvine; C. Algire
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Paper Abstract

Automated video quality assessment methods have generally been based on measurements of engineering parameters such as ground sampling distance, level of blur, and noise. However, humans rate video quality using specific criteria that measure the interpretability of the video by determining the kinds of objects and activities that might be detected in the video. Given the improvements in tracking, automatic target detection, and activity characterization that have occurred in video science, it is worth considering whether new automated video assessment methods might be developed by imitating the logical steps taken by humans in evaluating scene content. This article will outline a new procedure for automatically evaluating video quality based on automated object and activity recognition, and demonstrate the method for several ground-based and maritime examples. The detection and measurement of in-scene targets makes it possible to assess video quality without relying on source metadata. A methodology is given for comparing automated assessment with human assessment. For the human assessment, objective video quality ratings can be obtained through a menu-driven, crowd-sourced scheme of video tagging, in which human participants tag objects such as vehicles and people on film clips. The size, clarity, and level of detail of features present on the tagged targets are compared directly with the Video National Image Interpretability Rating Scale (VNIIRS).

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2016
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9828, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications XIII, 98280E (17 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2222219
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew Kalukin, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (United States)
Josh Harguess, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr. Pacific (United States)
A. J. Maltenfort, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (United States)
John Irvine, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (United States)
C. Algire, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9828:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications XIII
Daniel J. Henry; Gregory J. Gosian; Davis A. Lange; Dale Linne von Berg; Thomas J. Walls; Darrell L. Young, Editor(s)

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