Mining visual actions from movies


This paper presents an approach for mining visual actions from real-world videos. Given a large number of movies, we want to automatically extract short video sequences corresponding to visual human actions. Firstly, we retrieve actions by mining verbs extracted from the transcripts aligned with the videos. Not all of these samples visually characterize the action and, therefore, we rank these videos by visual consistency. We investigate two unsupervised outlier detection methods: one-class Support Vector Machine (SVM) and densest component estimation of a similarity graph. Alternatively, we show how to use automatic weak supervision provided by a random background class, either by directly applying a binary SVM, or by using an iterative re-training scheme for Support Vector Regression machines (SVR). Experimental results explore actions in 144 episodes of the TV series ``Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' and show: (a) the applicability of our approach to a large scale set of real-world videos, (b) the importance of visual consistency for ranking videos retrieved from text, (c) the added value of random non-action samples and (d) the ability of our iterative SVR re-training algorithm to handle weak supervision. The quality of the rankings obtained is assessed on manually annotated data for six different action classes.

Related publication

The paper Mining visual actions from movies, published at the BMVC 2009 conference, presents our approach and gives some results on the TV-show Buffy the vampire slayer. A poster is available here and a one-page abstract can be viewed here.

Oral presentation at BMVC 2009

  Mining visual actions from movies
Slides and video of the presentation at the BMVC 2009 conference

Example results

Below, you will find the top 10 automatically retrieved results for the actions walking and falling.

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