Histogram Correlation for Video Scene Change Detection

  • Nisreen I. Radwan
  • Nancy M. Salem
  • Mohamed I. El Adawy
Part of the Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing book series (AINSC, volume 166)


In this paper a novel and simple scene change detection algorithm based on the correlation between the frames of the video is proposed. The first frame of the video is taken as a reference frame. The correlation between the histogram of the reference frame and the histogram of all video frames is computed. The plotting of the relationship between the computed correlation values and frame number illustrates the differentiation between scene and motion changes. When the correlation values are constant over a number of frames, so there is a motion scene where the background is not changed. While changing the correlation values over a number of frames indicate a gradual scene change. Changing of these values sharply indicates abrupt scene change. Experimental results show that this method is effective for motion, abrupt and gradual shot transition detection. It achieves an F-measure exceeding 0.89 for gradual shot transition compared with 0.84 when using a PCA based method.


scene change detection gradual transition abrupt transition image histogram correlation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nisreen I. Radwan
    • 1
  • Nancy M. Salem
    • 2
  • Mohamed I. El Adawy
    • 2
  1. 1.National Research CentreCairoEgypt
  2. 2.Faculty of EngineeringHelwan UniversityCairoEgypt

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