ABSTRACT Increase in application fields of video has boosted the demand to analyze and organize video libraries for efficient scene analysis and information retrieval. This paper addresses the detection of shot transitions, which plays a crucial role in scene analysis, using a novel method based on fractal dimension (FD) that carries information on roughness of image intensity surface and textural structure. The proposed method is tested on sport videos including soccer and tennis matches that contain considerable amount of abrupt and gradual shot transitions. Experimental results indicate that the FD based shot transition detection method offers promising performance with respect to pixel and histogram based methods available in the literature.
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