Automatic Text Detection and Tracking in Digital Video

TitleAutomatic Text Detection and Tracking in Digital Video
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsLi H, Doermann D, Kia O
JournalIEEE Transactions on Image Processing - Special Issue on Image and Video Processing for Digital Libraries
Pagination147 - 156
Date Published2000/01//

Text that appears in a scene or is graphically added to video can provide an important supplemental source of index information as well as clues for decoding the video's structure and for classification. In this work, we present algorithms for detecting and tracking text in digital video. Our system implements a scale-space feature extractor that feeds an artificial neural processor to detect text blocks. Our text tracking scheme consists of two modules: a sum of squared difference (SSD) based module to find the initial position and a contour-based module to refine the position. Experiments conducted with a variety of video sources show that our scheme can detect and track text robustly.