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MPEG-4 Authoring Tool Using Moving Object Segmentation and Tracking in Video Shots

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EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20032003:916782

  • Received: 29 April 2002
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An Authoring tool for the MPEG-4 multimedia standard integrated with image sequence analysis algorithms is described. MPEG-4 offers numerous capabilities and is expected to be the future standard for multimedia applications. However, the implementation of these capabilities requires a complex authoring process, employing many different competencies from image sequence analysis and encoding of audio/visual/BIFS to the implementation of different delivery scenarios: local access on CD/DVD-ROM, Internet, or broadcast. However powerful the technologies underlying multimedia computing are, the success of these systems depends on their ease of authoring. In this paper, a novel Authoring tool fully exploiting the object-based coding and 3D synthetic functionalities of the MPEG-4 standard is described. It is based upon an open and modular architecture able to progress with MPEG-4 versions and it is easily adaptable to newly emerging better and higher-level authoring and image sequence analysis features.


  • MPEG-4
  • Authoring tools
  • image sequence analysis

Authors’ Affiliations

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, The Polytechnic Faculty, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Gr-54124, Greece
Informatics and Telematics Institute (ITI), 1st Km Thermi-Panorama Road, Thermi-Thessaloniki, P.O. Box 361, Gr-57001, Greece
Computer Science Department, University of Crete, P.O. Box 2208 Heraklion, Gr-71409, Greece
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Gr-15773, Greece
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Gr-54124, Greece


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