Visual rhythm and shot verification

Hyeokman Kim, Jinho Lee, Jae Heon Yang, Sanghoon Sull, Woon Kyung Kim, S. Moon Ho Song

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Typical result of an automatic shot change detection algorithm expectedly includes a certain number of undetected shots as well as falsely detected shots. Even though automatic shot change detection algorithms are continuing to improve, the ultimate goal of automatically detecting all shot changes without false alarms may never be achieved. Thus, allowing a human operator to intervene-to review and verify the result of a shot change detection algorithm, to delete falsely detected shots as well as to find undetected shots-may be the most viable approach currently available for increasing the accuracy of the overall shot detection process. For this exact purpose, we propose a shot verifier based on the visual rhythm. The visual rhythm, an abstraction of the video, is a single image, a sub-sampled version of a full video in which the sampling is performed in a pre-determined and in a systematic fashion. It is a representation of the video, which includes the overall content of the video. But most importantly, the visual rhythm contains patterns or visual features that allow the viewer/operator to distinguish and classify many different types of video effects (edits and otherwise): cuts, wipes, dissolves, fades, camera motions, object motions, flashlights, zooms, etc. The different video effects manifest themselves as different patterns on the visual rhythm. Using the visual rhythm, it becomes possible, without sequentially playing the entire video, to find false positive shots as well as undetected shots. Thus, inclusion of the visual rhythm in the shot verification process will aid the operator to verify detected shots as well as to find undetected shots fast and efficiently. Our newly developed shot verifier based on the visual rhythm has been designed for operator efficiency. The design of our shot verifier presented and the usefulness of the visual rhythm during the shot verification process will be demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-245
Number of pages19
JournalMultimedia Tools and Applications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank the reviewers for their comments and suggestions. The work of H. Kim has been supported in part by the University Research Program supported by Ministry of Information and Communication in South Korea.


  • Shot verification
  • Video edit effects
  • Visual rhythm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Media Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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