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Role of shot length in characterizing tempo and dramatic story sections in motion pictures

Adams, Brett, Dorai, Chitra and Venkatesh, Svetha 2000, Role of shot length in characterizing tempo and dramatic story sections in motion pictures, in The first IEEE Pacific-Rim Conference on Multimedia : 2000 International Symposium on Multimedia Information Processing : conference proceedings, [University of Sydney], [Sydney, N. S. W.], pp. 54-57.

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Title Role of shot length in characterizing tempo and dramatic story sections in motion pictures
Author(s) Adams, Brett
Dorai, Chitra
Venkatesh, Svetha
Conference name IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Multimedia (1st : 2000 : Sydney, N. S. W.)
Conference location Sydney, N. S. W.
Conference dates 13-15 Dec. 2000
Title of proceedings The first IEEE Pacific-Rim Conference on Multimedia : 2000 International Symposium on Multimedia Information Processing : conference proceedings
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2000
Conference series IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Multimedia
Start page 54
End page 57
Total pages 4
Publisher [University of Sydney]
Place of publication [Sydney, N. S. W.]
Keyword(s) tempo function
shot length
motion
Summary Motivated by existing cinematic conventions known as film grammar, we proposed a computational approach to determine tempo as a high-level movie content descriptor as well as means for deriving dramatic story sections and events occurring in movies. Movie tempo is extracted from two easily computed aspects in our approach: shot length and motion. Story sections and events are generally associated with changes in tempo, and are thus identified by edges located in the tempo function. In this paper, we analyze our initial founding of the tempo function on the basis that the distribution of both shot length and motion in movies is normal. Given that the distribution of shot length is approximately Weibull as confirmed in our experiments, we examine the impact of modelling and modifying the contributions of shot length to tempo. We derive an appropriate normalization function that faithfully encapsulates the role of shot length in tempo perception, and analyze the changes to the story sections identified in films.
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Language eng
Field of Research 089999 Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2000, IEEE
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