Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 1-23

First online:

Content-based retrieval of Flash™ movies: research issues, generic framework, and future directions

  • Jun YangAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Engineering and Information Technology, City University of Hong KongSchool of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
  • , Qing LiAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Engineering and Information Technology, City University of Hong Kong Email author 
  • , Liu WenyinAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong
  • , Yueting ZhuangAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, Zhejiang University

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As a prevailing web media format, nowadays Flash™ movies are created, delivered, and viewed by over millions of users in their daily experiences with the Internet. However, issues regarding the indexing and retrieval of Flash movies are unfortunately overlooked by the research community, which severely restrict the utilization of the extremely valuable Flash resource. A close examination reveals that the intrinsic complexity of a Flash movie, including its heterogeneous media components, its dynamic nature, and user interactivity, makes content-based Flash retrieval a host of research issues not thoroughly addressed by the existing techniques. As the first endeavor in this area, we propose a generic framework termed as FLAME (FLash Access and Management Environment) embodying a 3-layer structure that addresses the representation, indexing, and retrieval of Flash movies by mining and understanding of the movie content. An experimental prototype for Flash retrieval is implemented to verify the feasibility and effectiveness of FLAME, and future research directions on Flash management and retrieval are discussed in details.


Flash animation Content-based retrieval Multimedia information retrieval