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Tools for Placing Cuts and Transitions in Interview Video, SIGGRAPH 2012

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Published on May 1, 2012

Floraine Berthouzoz, Wilmot Li, Maneesh Agrawala

We present a set of tools designed to help editors place cuts and create
transitions in interview video. To help place cuts, our interface
links a text transcript of the video to the corresponding locations
in the raw footage. It also visualizes the suitability of cut locations
by analyzing the audio/visual features of the raw footage to find
frames where the speaker is relatively quiet and still. With these
tools editors can directly highlight segments of text, check if the
endpoints are suitable cut locations and if so, simply delete the text
to make the edit. For each cut our system generates visible (e.g.
jump-cut, fade, etc.) and seamless, hidden transitions.We present a
hierarchical, graph-based algorithm for efficiently generating hidden
transitions that considers visual features specific to interview
footage. We also describe a new data-driven technique for setting
the timing of the hidden transition. Finally, our tools offer a one
click method for seamlessly removing 'ums' and repeated words
as well as inserting natural-looking pauses to emphasize semantic
content. We apply our tools to edit a variety of interviews and also
show how they can be used to quickly compose multiple takes of
an actor narrating a story.

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