Event retrieval using motion barcodes

Gil Ben-Artzi, Michael Werman, Shmuel Peleg

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We introduce a simple and effective method for retrieval of videos showing a specific event, even when the videos of that event were captured from significantly different viewpoints. Appearance-based methods fail in such cases, as appearances change with large changes of viewpoints. Our method is based on a pixel-based feature, 'motion barcode', which records the existence/non-existence of motion as a function of time. While appearance, motion magnitude, and motion direction can vary greatly between disparate viewpoints, the existence of motion is viewpoint invariant. Based on the motion barcode, a similarity measure is developed for videos of the same event taken from very different viewpoints. This measure is robust to occlusions common under different viewpoints, and can be computed efficiently. Event retrieval is demonstrated using challenging videos from stationary and hand held cameras.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2015 - Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479983391
StatePublished - 9 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2015 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 27 Sep 201530 Sep 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP
ISSN (Print)1522-4880


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2015
CityQuebec City


  • Motion Feature
  • Video Event Retrieval


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