BilVideo-7: An MPEG-7 Compatible Video Indexing and Retrieval System

	Bilkent University Multimedia Database Group (BILMDG) 
Muhammet Baştan, Hayati Çam, Uğur Güdükbay, Özgür Ulusoy
Department of Computer Engineering
© 2008-2009 ©, Bilkent, Ankara, Turkey

BilVideo-7 is an MPEG-7 compatible, distributed video database management system that supports complex multimodal queries in an integrated way. An MPEG-7 profile is developed to represent the videos by decomposing them into Shots, Keyframes, Still Regions and Moving Regions. The MPEG-7 compatible XML representations of videos according to this profile are obtained by the MPEG-7 compatible video feature extraction and annotation tool of BilVideo-7, and stored in a native XML database. Users can formulate text-based semantic, color, texture, shape, location, motion and spatio-temporal queries on an intuitive, easy-to-use Visual Query Interface, whose Composite Query Interface can be used to specify very complex queries containing any type and number of video segments with their descriptors. The multi-threaded Query Processing Server parses queries into subqueries and executes each subquery in a separate thread. Then, it fuses subquery results in a bottom-up manner to obtain the final query result. The whole system is unique in that it provides very powerful querying capabilities with a wide range of descriptors and multimodal query processing in an MPEG-7 compatible interoperable environment.

This website aims to reflect the current status of the BilVideo-7 system, which is under continuous improvement to incorporate more features and foster its performance.

The system description is also available in the following paper and technical report.

Muhammet Baştan, Hayati Çam, Uğur Güdükbay, Özgür Ulusoy, “BilVideo-7: An MPEG-7- Compatible Video Indexing and Retrieval System
IEEE MultiMedia, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 62-73, July-September 2010, ( pdf ) ( ieeexplore ).

Muhammet Baştan, Hayati Çam, Uğur Güdükbay, Özgür Ulusoy, “An MPEG-7 Compatible Video Retrieval System with Integrated Support for Complex Multimodal Queries,”
Bilkent University, Technical Report (BU-CE-0905), 2009. Available at:

In the following sections, we present the details of the BilVideo-7 system.


Last update: 03.09.2011
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