Time Mapping Using Space-Time Saliency

Sampling and filtering using our system. The sampling is denser in the middle to stretch out a little the more interesting part of the video.



We describe a new approach for generating regular-speed, low-frame-rate (LFR) video from a high-frame-rate (HFR) input while preserving the important moments in the original. We call this time-mapping, a time-based analogy to high dynamic range to low dynamic range spatial tone-mapping. Our approach makes these contributions:

Results of our space-time saliency method on a benchmark dataset show it is state-of-the-art. In addition, the benefits of our approach to HFR-to-LFR time-mapping over more direct methods are demonstrated in a user study.


This video spotlight summarizes the main problem and our contributions.

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This video shows the results on the saliency benchmark dataset and the high-speed video dataset.

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or its [High-Quality Version 154MB].


The space-time saliency implementation is available at here.



Our initial investigation with Eduardo Gastal on processing high-speed videos helped to provide focus on our time-mapping project. We would also like to thank him and Patrick Meegan for capturing the high-speed video clips used in this paper.