1998: Automatic Trailer Production

Lienhart, R.; Pfeiffer, S.; Effelsberg, W. “Automatic Trailer Production”, in: B. Furht (Ed.), “Handbook of Multimedia Computing”, CRC Press, pp. 361-378, 1998.


Presented is an algorithm for automatic production of a video abstract of a feature film, similar to movie trailers. It selects clips from the original video based on detection of special events like dialogs, shots, explosions and text occurrences, and on general action indicators applied to scenes. An editing model is used to assemble these clips into a movie trailer. Such movie abstracts are useful for multimedia archives, in movie marketing or for home entertainment.