Efficient video indexing scheme for content-based retrieval

Hyun Sung Chang, Sanghoon Sull, Sang Uk Lee

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Extracting a small number of key frames that can abstract the content of video is very important for efficient browsing and retrieval in video databases. In this paper, the key frame extraction problem is considered from a set-theoretic point of view, and systematic algorithms are derived to find a compact set of key frames that can represent a video segment for a given degree of fidelity. The proposed extraction algorithms can be hierarchically applied to obtain a tree-structured key frame hierarchy that is a multilevel abstract of the video. The key frame hierarchy enables an efficient content-based retrieval by using the depth-first search scheme with pruning. Intensive experiments on a variety of video sequences are presented to demonstrate the improved performance of the proposed algorithms over the existing approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1269-1279
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Dec


  • Content-based retrieval
  • Key frame extraction
  • Key frame hierarchy
  • Video database
  • Video indexing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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