Assessing the Usability of Video Browsing and Summarization Techniques

  • Michael G Christel
Part of the Signals and Communication Technology book series (SCT)


Since 1994, the Informedia group at Carnegie Mellon University has been developing and evaluating surrogates, summary interfaces, and visualizations for accessing digital video collections containing thousands of documents, millions of shots, and terabytes of data. This chapter samples Informedia user studies that have taken place through the years, reporting on how these studies provide a user pull complementing the technology push as automated video processing advances. Specifically, this chapter examines indicative video summaries— i.e., the assessment of video surrogates meant to help users better judge the relevance of the source program for their task at hand. The merits of discount usability techniques for iterative improvement and evaluation are presented, as well as the structure of formal empirical investigations with end users that have ecological validity while addressing the human computer interaction metrics of efficiency, effectiveness, and satisfaction. Lessons learned from such studies are reported with respect to video summarization and browsing, ranging from the simplest portrayal of a single thumbnail to represent video stories, to collections of thumbnails in storyboards, to playable video skims, and to video collages with multiple synchronized information perspectives. Advances in interactive video retrieval are charted through the annual National Institiute for Standards Technology (NIST) TRECVID evaluation forum, concluding with discussion on difficulties in evaluating video summarization and browsing interfaces.


Mean Average Precision Information Visualization News Video Video Retrieval Video Summarization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Senior Systems Scientist, Computer Science DeptCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh

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