Video Fingerprinting – State of the Art report

Video-fingerprinting systems detect whether a particular segment of video is (partly) based on the same original video as video footage in a database of reference videos. Typical applications  the media domain include detection of copyright infringement, counting broadcasts of advertisements, detection of changes in advertisements and new applications  are in development. One of these new applications is linking archive footage to finished television productions. For instance to show the link between a documentary and all the clips in the archive it consists of. This will allow users to browse through collections of video in a novel way, as currently the metadata is not supplying users with such detailed metadata.

Sound and Vision is involved in a project (vdFP) that will examine the possibilities of Video Fingerprinting for the abovementioned applications. The vdFP project is managed by TNO and JOANNEUM RESEARCH. Two industrial partners (ZiuZ and HS-ART Digital) and Sound and Vision complete the consortium. Recently, the project has released a State of the Art report. That can be downloaded here.

This document reports the existing technologies for video fingerprinting inside and outside the consortium. Besides video fingerprinting, it also reports on adjacent technologies like audio fingerprinting, near duplicate detection (video fingerprinting for videos that are not exactly the same) and video linking (finding copies of visual objects in different videos). For each technology item, the document presents the state-of-the-art and give a list of commercially available systems.

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