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Introduction to Video Search Engines

  • Understand the basics of the technologies used in today’s video search engines

  • Learn which video indexing techniques are appropriate for given types of video material, and be able to decide on suitable methods for new video content types

  • Be able to differentiate between proven, practical techniques and those that are speculative, under development, or of narrow applicability

  • Be able to determine which topics in video search are of interest to them for further study

  • Because the book will:

  • Explain the overall process of video content acquisition, indexing and retrieval with browsing

  • Provide overviews of constituent technologies such as information retrieval, internet video systems, video and multimedia processing to extract index data

  • Give examples of existing systems and describe their features

  • Feature a companion website to provide links to internet resources

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Pages 1-21
  3. Pages 59-76
  4. Pages 97-105
  5. Pages 107-144
  6. Pages 145-175
  7. Pages 177-202
  8. Pages 203-219
  9. Pages 221-246
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 265-274

About this book

Introduction

Video search engines enable users to take advantage of constantly growing video resources like, for example, video on demand, Internet television and YouTube, for a wide variety of applications including entertainment, education and communications.

David Gibbon and Zhu Liu describe the current state of video search engine technology and inform us about opportunities to contribute to the development of this field. Their book has a practical emphasis with the goal of bringing readers up to date on the state of the art in multimedia search technologies and systems. It explains the overall process of video content acquisition, indexing and retrieval with browsing, it provides overviews of constituent technologies such as information retrieval, Internet video systems, video and multimedia processing to extract index data, and it gives examples of research prototypes and existing commercial systems and describes their features. In parallel with the functional discussion, a historical perspective is provided, including many references to academic and industrial sources. Background information on digital media encoding and streaming standards, and information retrieval is also offered, making the book self-contained.

Introduction to Video Search Engines is intended for professionals and senior undergraduates or first-year graduate students in computer science or computer engineering, specializing in computer vision or multimedia systems. As multimedia search spans multiple disciplines, it is also valuable as a state-of-the-art reference for researchers and developers working in constituent technologies such as speech processing or information retrieval who seek to broaden their knowledge beyond their current areas of expertise.

Keywords

Internet Video Multimedia Retrieval Standards Video Search audio coding communication computer science computer vision information information retrieval multimedia pattern recognition speech processing video

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.AT & T Labs ResearchMiddletownUSA

About the authors

David Gibbon joined Bell Laboratories in 1985 and is currently a Lead Member of Technical Staff in the Video and Multimedia Services Research Department at AT&T Labs - Research. His research interests include multimedia processing for searching and browsing of video databases and real-time video processing for communications applications. David has written book chapters and encyclopedia articles as well as numerous technical papers; he has 40 US patent filings and holds 14 US patents in the areas of multimedia indexing, streaming, and video analysis; and he is a member of the ACM, and a senior member of the IEEE. David contributes to IPTV industry standards for metadata and in 2007 he was awarded the AT&T Science and Technology Medal for outstanding technical leadership and innovation in the field of Video and Multimedia Processing and Digital Content Management.

Zhu Liu joined AT&T Labs - Research in 2000, and he is currently a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the Video and Multimedia Services Research Department. His research interests include multimedia content processing, multimedia databases, pattern recognition, and machine learning. Zhu holds 7 US patents and he is the inventor of more than 20 pending patents in the areas of multimedia service and content analysis. He has published more than 40 refereed papers in international leading journals and at key conferences in the areas of multimedia. He is a member of ACM and Tau Beta Pi, and a senior member of the IEEE.

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Reviews

From the reviews:

"Gibbon and Liu attribute the growing importance of video search engine technology to the rapid growth of video on the Web and the ever-increasing speed of broadband access to the Internet. … As the title suggests, this text … provide a comprehensive treatment of the current state of such technology, and can serve as a reference tool for readers of all levels. Clearly, the applications of multimedia searches cover many disciplines, so this book should broaden many readers’ perspectives." (R. Goldberg, ACM Computing Reviews, October, 2009)

“This book by David C. Gibbon and Zhu Liu from AT&T is a timely analysis of the current state of the art in video search … . Overall I very much enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to colleagues. … I feel that this book will serve as a useful reference for me in future work. I would also recommend this book to others working in information retrieval who want to understand video content and the processing of this multimedia data source.” (Colum Foley, Information Retrieval, Issue 13, 2010)