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Interactive Media Systems, TU Wien

Retrieval of Visual Composition in Film

By Dalibor Mitrovic, Matthias Zeppelzauer, Maia Zaharieva, and Christian Breiteneder


The spatial arrangement of visual elements of an image, i.e. the visual composition, is a research subject in the domain of visual arts which include painting, film, etc. Film experts face the problem of retrieval of visual compositions in film on a daily basis. Although, visual composition is a crucial element to consider in content-based video retrieval, little scientific effort has been invested into this problem so far. Actually, it is unclear if content-based retrieval of visual compositions is feasible. We present a user study conducted to investigate the feasibility of content-based retrieval of visual compositions as they are understood by film experts. For that reason, we create a data set derived from real world material and let the film experts evaluate the retrieval performance. The user study investigates the applicability of state-of-the-art visual features and shows differences in evaluations by film experts (test group) and computer scientists (reference group).


D. Mitrovic, M. Zeppelzauer, M. Zaharieva, C. Breiteneder: "Retrieval of Visual Composition in Film"; Talk: 12th International Workshop on Image Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services, Delft; 04-13-2011 - 04-15-2011; in: "Proceedings 12th International Workshop on Image Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services", (2011), Paper ID 19, 4 pages.


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