Ranking highlight level of movie clips: a template based adaptive kernel SVM method

Zheng Wang, Gaojun Ren, Meijun Sun, Jinchang Ren, Jesse S. Jin

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

52 Downloads (Pure)


This paper looks into a new direction in movie clips analysis – model based ranking of highlight level. A movie clip, containing a short story, is composed of several continuous shots, which is much simpler than the whole movie. As a result, clip based analysis provides a feasible way for movie analysis and interpretation. In this paper, clip-based ranking of highlight level is proposed, where the challenging problem in detecting and recognizing events within clips is not required. Due to the lack of publicly available datasets, we firstly construct a database of movie clips, where each clip is associated with manually derived highlight level as ground truth. From each clip a number of effective visual cues are then extracted. To bridge the gap between low-level features and highlight level semantics, a holistic method of highlight ranking model is introduced. According to the distance between testing clips and selected templates, appropriate kernel function of support vector machine (SVM) is adaptively selected. Promising results are reported in automatic ranking of movie highlight levels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-59
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Visual Languages and Computing
Early online date10 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • video analysis
  • highlight level
  • movie clip
  • template based method
  • adaptive kernel SVM

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Ranking highlight level of movie clips: a template based adaptive kernel SVM method'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this