Content-based video retrieval by example video clip

Nevenka Dimitrova, Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb

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This paper presents a novel approach for video retrieval from a large archive of MPEG or Motion JPEG' compressed video clips. We introduce a retrieval algorithm that takes a video clip as a query and searches the database for clips with similar contents. Video clips are characterized by a sequence of representative frame signatures, which are constructed from DC coefficients and motion information ("DC+M" signatures). The similarity between two video clips is determined by using their respective signatures. This method facilitates retrieval of clips for the purpose of video editing, broadcast news retrieval, or copyright violation detection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-70
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jan 15 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventStorage and Retrieval for Image and Video Databases V 1997 - San Jose, United States
Duration: Feb 8 1997Feb 14 1997


  • Compressed domain video processing
  • Content-based retrieval
  • Video representation
  • Video retrieval
  • Video signature extraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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