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A generic framework for optimal 2D/3D key-frame extraction driven by aggregated saliency maps

Ferreira, L.F. ; Cruz, L. A. S. C. ; Assunção, P.A.

Signal Processing: Image Communication Vol. 39, Nº Part A, pp. 98 - 110, November, 2015.

ISSN (print): 0923-5965
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Journal Impact Factor: 2,209 (in 2014)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1016/j.image.2015.09.005

Abstract
This paper proposes a generic framework for extraction of key-frames from 2D or 3D video sequences, relying on a new method to compute 3D visual saliency. The framework comprises the following novel aspects that distinguish this work from previous ones: (i) the key-frame selection process is driven by an aggregated saliency map, computed from various feature maps, which in turn correspond to different visual attention models; (ii) a method for computing aggregated saliency maps in 3D video is proposed and validated using fixation density maps, obtained from ground-truth eye-tracking data; (iii) 3D video content is processed within the same framework as 2D video, by including a depth feature map into the aggregated saliency. A dynamic programming optimisation algorithm is used to find the best set of K frames that minimises the dissimilarity error (i.e., maximise similarity) between the original video shots of size N>K and those reconstructed from the key-frames. Using different performance metrics and publicly available databases, the simulation results demonstrate that the proposed framework outperforms similar state-of-art methods and achieves comparable performance as other quite different approaches. Overall, the proposed framework is validated for a wide range of visual content and has the advantage of being independent from any specific visual saliency model or similarity metrics.