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  • Research Article
  • Open Access

Temporal Segmentation of MPEG Video Streams

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20022002:847653

  • Received: 30 July 2001
  • Published:


Many algorithms for temporal video partitioning rely on the analysis of uncompressed video features. Since the information relevant to the partitioning process can be extracted directly from the MPEG compressed stream, higher efficiency can be achieved utilizing information from the MPEG compressed domain. This paper introduces a real-time algorithm for scene change detection that analyses the statistics of the macroblock features extracted directly from the MPEG stream. A method for extraction of the continuous frame difference that transforms the 3D video stream into a 1D curve is presented. This transform is then further employed to extract temporal units within the analysed video sequence. Results of computer simulations are reported.


  • shot detection
  • video indexing
  • compressed domain
  • MPEG stream

Authors’ Affiliations

Multimedia and Vision Research Lab, Department of Electronic Engineering, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS, UK


© Calic and Izquierdo 2002