Personalized movie summarization is demand of the current era due to an exponential growth in movies production. The employed methods for movies summarization fail to satisfy the user’s requirements due to the subjective nature of movies data. Therefore, in this paper, we present a user-preference based movie summarization scheme. First, we segmented movie into shots using a novel entropy-based shots segmentation mechanism. Next, temporal saliency of shots is computed, resulting in highly salient shots in which character faces are detected. The resultant shots are then forward propagated to our trained deep CNN model for facial expression recognition (FER) to analyze the emotional state of the characters. The final summary is generated based on user-preferred emotional moments from the seven emotions, i.e., afraid, angry, disgust, happy, neutral, sad, and surprise. The subjective evaluation over five Hollywood movies proves the effectiveness of our proposed scheme in terms of user satisfaction. Furthermore, the objective evaluation verifies the superiority of the proposed scheme over state-of-the-art movie summarization methods.

1. Introduction

The video data is exponentially increasing over the Internet and personal storage devices including social networks, surveillance, and movies data due to advances and easy access to capturing technologies. Movies data specifically has become one of the most entertaining sources for viewers. However, browsing a movie in enormous collections and searching for a desired scene within a complete movie is a tedious and time-consuming task. Movie summarization (MS) techniques have tried to tackle this problem by producing a short video sequence from the movie, which contains the most important events or scenes. Hence, the viewers may have an idea about the context and the semantics of the movie by watching only the important scenes.

In recent years, many MS techniques have been presented by researchers that can be broadly categorized into automatic MS techniques [110] and user-preference based MS techniques [1115]. In automatic MS techniques, there is no direct preference from the users to generate a summary. These techniques rely on multiple clues such as scripts, subtitles, and movies structure in combination with visual and aural features. For instance, Ngo et al. [1] utilized concept-expansion trees to construct a relational graph for characterizing the semantic concepts of documentary videos. You et al. [2] proposed a summarization method, where four perceptive models are fused according to different cues including motion, contrast, statistical rhythm, and special scenes using a linear combination to generate the summary. In contrast, Weng et al. [3] analyzed the movie from the perspective of relationships between the characters of a movie rather than audio-visual features. They constructed a role-network and then identified the leading roles. The role-network is then used to segment the movie into several substories. Similarly, Salamin et al. [4] used an audio segmentation method along with maximum a posteriori probability (MAP) approach to determine main characters in a movie, which can be used for indexing and retrieval of specific character’s shots as well as for summary generation. Sang and Xu [5] used face clustering to get main characters and, based on their appearance, they generated movie summary which contained only main characters. Evangelopoulos et al. [6] proposed a multimodal saliency based summarization scheme for movies. They extracted features from three different modalities and integrated them to form a multimodal saliency curve. They used spatiotemporal saliency model, an AM-FM speech model, and Part of Speech (POS) tagging to extract features from visual, aural, and textual module, respectively. Aparicio et al. [8] summarized movies and documentaries of different genres by analyzing six different text summarization algorithms on movie scripts and subtitles. The key contribution of their work is selecting a method that best fits among the six techniques for a movie or documentary of a particular genre. Another text based movie summarization scheme presented by Hesham et al. [9] generated a short summary as a trailer using subtitles of the movies. Hang Do et al. [10] summarized movies based on developing characters network. The relationships between characters are based on their appearance, which is used to segment the full-length movie into scenes. Finally, the storyline of the movie is generated as a summary by measuring the social strength of each character in the social network.

Due to diverse nature of movies and contradiction between user’s preferences, the generated summary using automatic MS techniques may be felicitous for one user, but it may be infelicitous to others. Such MS schemes do not have strength to generate a summary that can fulfill the diverse subjective requirements of users. Therefore, user’s preferred shots selection for movie summary is still a challenging problem, which is well addressed by user-preference based MS techniques. For example, Li et al. [11] suggested that substories from movies can be detected using short- and long-term audio-visual temporal features analysis. The length of generated summary is controlled by user input. Similarly, Ellouze et al. [12] used audio-visual features for personalized movie summary, where user can choose contents and type of various shots along with the duration of the summary. However, the comparison of user-preferred contents and movie contents is performed at feature level rather than semantic level. Peng et al. [13] utilized the emotion and attention of a viewer to generate summary according to user’s mood by analyzing his facial expression, eye movement, blink, and head motion while watching a video. A movie summarization scheme based on user generated data is presented by Sun et al. [15]. They used real-time comments given by audience on the timestamp of a movie. The contents of the comments show the concepts of the ongoing scene, while the number of the comments indicates excitement level of the audience. Concluding the MS literature, movies are richer sources, providing semantics of complex ideas through audio-visual data. Therefore, segmenting a movie based on semantic level features gives best baseline for MS. Human emotions are one of the semantic level information, which can be extracted from video contents. FER has various applications in different domains such as medical [21], content recommendation [22], surveillance [23], safety [24], and robotics [25]. Similarly, in movies data, emotions of characters are the prominent element that directly gets audience’s attention, which can be exploited to generate a meaningful summary.

Recently, a lot of research has been done for human emotion recognition using facial expression analysis. A comprehensive survey on FER is presented by Corneanu et al. [26] for RGB, 3D, thermal, and multimodal schemes. Traditional facial feature extraction schemes such as Gabor wavelet transform [27], optical flow [28], local binary patterns [29], and model-based methods [30] have many limitations like high computation and low performance due to diverse environments, i.e., light changes, pose, and clutter background. Moreover, these schemes are restricted to frontal faces and uniform skin colors. Recently, deep learning technologies [31] have shown tremendous results in the field of computer vision compared to traditional approaches. For instance, Kim et al. [32] proposed a hierarchical committee of deep CNNs by combining the decisions of multiple models trained on public FER databases. A feature redundancy-reduced (FRR-CNN) is proposed by Xie et al. [33] for FER to generate less redundant features and compact representation of the image. Uddin et al. [34] extracted local directional position patterns from depth video data and fed them into a deep belief network (DBN) for FER. Inspired from CNN approaches, in this paper, we proposed a user-preference based MS scheme, based on FER to determine the emotional state of the characters using CNN model. The user should choose the kind of emotional states that he prefers to be part of the final summary. The main contributions of this work are summarized as follows:(1)Emotions of characters in a movie are the prominent elements that directly get audience’s attention. Therefore, users always show interest in certain kind of emotional scenes in a movie. In this paper, we present a framework for generating summary based on user’s preferred emotional scenes via an input query during summary generation.(2)The hierarchical structure of a movie assists generating a sensible summary in which shots segmentation plays an important role. Therefore, we propose an entropy-based shots segmentation mechanism, which segments shots based on visual information. This strategy helps categorize shots into informative and noninformative.(3)Deep learning approaches need huge data for better learning of parameters, whereas existing FER CNN models are not trained on such huge data. Therefore, for precise training of FER first we trained the model from the scratch over VGG face dataset to learn the structure of face and then we fine-tuned this model for FER on KEDF dataset. Our strategy gives prominent results over state-of-the-art techniques.

The rest of paper is arranged as follows: Section 2 discusses the proposed methodology for movie summarization in detail. Experimental results and discussion are presented in Section 3, followed by the conclusion and future work in Section 4.

2. Proposed Methodology

Our proposed MS scheme is four folded: (1) entropy-based shots segmentation, (2) saliency extraction and face detection, (3) FER based on deep CNN model, and (4) summary generation. All the steps are discussed in subsequent sections in detail. The proposed system can generate summaries based on user-preference for any genre of movie. The overall framework of the proposed scheme is given in Figure 1.

2.1. Entropy-Based Shots Segmentation

Movies are also called structured videos because they include hierarchical structure of scenes and shots. A single shot is an uninterrupted segment of a movie that consists of sequential frames with static or continuous camera motion, while a scene consists of one or more shots of the same place or activity captured from different angles [1]. This structure assists in MS at initial stage by segmenting the full-length movie into shots and scenes. Shots segmentation is a key step for any summarization technique, especially, when dealing with entertainment videos. Recently, numerous domain specific shots segmentation techniques have been proposed such as color histogram based [15], deep feature based [35], person appearance based [31], and spare coding based methods [36]. In this paper, we proposed entropy-based shots segmentation technique, which analyzes frame sequences and selects the frame with sharp change in visual contents. Entropy for a single frame can be calculated using (1) and (2).Herein, is the probability of pixel, , is the number of pixels in the neighborhood of pixel , and is the number of pixels having same intensities. Entropy of a frame represents the amount of information and semantics of the visual contents. Thus, it helps categorize the shots into informative and noninformative. Furthermore, the generated summary represents the informative shots only by excluding the shots with no or less information.

2.2. Saliency Extraction and Face Detection

Generally, saliency of an image is used to extract the foreground information, which can also be used for predicting the amount of information in it [37, 38]. To select the most informative shots, we calculated the average saliency score of a single shot using a saliency optimization technique [39]. Firstly, saliency map of a frame is obtained and the sum of all nonzero pixels is divided by the total number of image pixels. Secondly, average saliency score for a single shot is calculated by dividing the total sum of individual frame by total number of frames in a shot. Finally, the average saliency score is compared with a predefined threshold to select the most salient shots. In this way, all the nonsalient or noninformative shots are discarded, and the salient shots become the part of generated summary. The salient shots are further analyzed to detect characters’ faces. For face detection, a multitask cascaded network [40] is used with additional constraint of size. The size constraint for a face is applied due to variation found in scale and poses to remove unwanted faces. Therefore, we selected only those faces, which are 15% of the frame size because main characters are filmed focused and closed. Also, FER is not working perfectly for small-sized faces [41]. Figure 2 represents some sample movie frames with detected faces and their corresponding saliency maps.

2.3. Facial Expression Recognition Using Transfer Learning

Training a deep CNN model requires a huge amount of data for learning its parameters from the scratch. However, transfer learning becomes a key concept in deep learning since it effectively deals with the problems having small datasets [42, 43]. Recently, CNN has beaten human error on image classification, when trained on a dataset with millions of data samples. However, some tasks such as FER are still facing the lack of data. Therefore, to tackle this problem, we used the concept of transfer learning using ResNet [20] CNN model for FER. ResNet CNN model has many versions including ResNet-34, ResNet-50, ResNet-101, and ResNet-152 layers networks. We have utilized ResNet-50 to balance the accuracy and time complexity of the system. Originally, it is trained on 224 × 224 images of ImageNet [44] dataset, which contains millions of samples for 1000 categories. We did not achieve good results when using weights of the pretrained ResNet-50 model for fine-tuning it on KDEF FER dataset [45]. The reason is that we have only face images that represent emotion of a human with very little changes on face in KDEF dataset and the model, which is pretrained on general categories data, is not effective for it. For this purpose, we introduced two step learning procedure where the first step includes training a CNN model from the scratch for face identification and second is transfer learning of the same model for FER. For face identification, we used large-scale VGG face [46] dataset to train weights of ResNet-50 for face data. The ResNet is primarily inspired by the structure of VGG [47] model, where both models use small size kernels for convolutional features extraction. The small-sized filters help learn all kind of tiny patterns in data, which are very common in FER [48]. ResNet utilized multiple consecutive branches of convolutional layers stacked on each other and performed down sampling with stride of 2. The network is ended with a global average pooling layer and one fully connected layer, presenting the number of classes for classification. The architecture of 50 weighted layers is given in Figure 3. The implementation details about transfer learning are discussed in the experimental section.

2.4. Summary Generation

The shots with high saliency and faces are forward propagated to the proposed trained CNN model for FER. In our experiments, we observed that FER from a single frame of a shot is not effective in representing the emotional state of the entire shot. Also, there is a possibility that a shot may contain multiple faces. Hence, the maximum detected emotion is selected as emotional state for the entire shot. Finally, the summary is generated according to the user’s query specifying emotional state from the predefined seven classes of emotions. The flow of summary generation is visualized in Figure 4.

3. Experimental Evaluation

In this section, we have discussed the experimental evaluation of the proposed MS scheme. We performed two sets of experiments: (1) an evaluation of the trained model on KDEF dataset and its comparison with other models and (2) a subjective evaluation on five Hollywood movies of different genres. The experiments are performed using a deep learning framework known as Caffe [49] that is installed over Ubuntu16.04 operating system and equipped with NVIDIA TITAN X GPU having 12 GB dedicated memory running over a hardware of Intel™ Core i5 CPU with 64 GB RAM.

3.1. Datasets

We have used two datasets: VGG face [46] to train ResNet CNN model from scratch and KDEF dataset [45] for transfer learning. VGG face dataset contains 2.6 M images of 2.6 K celebrities around the world. KDEF dataset contains 4900 images of 70 subject including 35 males and 35 females. This dataset contains 7 classes, i.e., afraid, angry, disgust, happy, neutral, sad, and surprise. For each class, image samples are taken from five different angles in two sessions. This dataset best fits for our problem because, in movies, characters’ faces are also found in a variety of poses. Figure 5 represents some sample images from each class of KDEF dataset. For subjective evaluation, five Hollywood movies are used. The detailed description of test movies is given in Table 1.

3.2. Objective Evaluation of Facial Expression Recognition

The ResNet CNN model is first trained on VGG face [46] dataset having 2597 classes. We resized all the images to 128×128 face regions and each pixel of the image is subtracted from the mean image to normalize the intensities. The full VGG face dataset is filtered out and some images were discarded in training. The dataset used in our experiments contains 0.42 million training and 0.14 million validation images. The original ResNet-50 is trained on 224×224 images; therefore, if we use pretrained ResNet-50, then its kernel size, stride, and padding information is not fitting for 128×128 image classification problem. In our method, the weights of ResNet for 128×128 face images are initialized from the scratch. The detailed description can be seen in the original ResNet article [20]. The model is trained for 50 epochs with 64 batch size and the learning rate is initialized with 0.01, which is decreased after every 10 epochs by the factor of learning rate ratio 10. The reason behind decreasing the learning rate is to prevent the model from overfitting problem during the training. We achieved precise results on VGG face dataset using ResNet-50 layers network, where the accuracy after 50 epochs reached 96.82% and the loss decreased up to 7×10−5. Results of different CNN models fine-tuned on KDEF datasets are given in Table 2. It is clear from Table 2 that all the pretrained models have achieved very less accuracy when fine-tuned on the original weights. The reason of low accuracy is that these models are trained on general categories dataset and we need a model whose parameters are previously trained on face data. Therefore, first we trained ResNet-50 using large-scale VGG face dataset to learn face structure and then fine-tuned the trained model on KDEF dataset for FER.

After training ResNet with face recognition dataset, we claim that its weights can now learn face features and its structure effectively. Therefore, we have used the parameters of the trained model for transfer learning of FER using KDEF dataset. For fine-tuning process, all images of the KDEF dataset are resized to 128×128 face regions and each pixel of image is subtracted from mean image to normalize the intensities. In transfer learning process, we have initialized the learning rate from 0.001 and decreased it after each 10 epochs by the factor of learning rate ratio 10. The model is fine-tuned for 30 epochs, achieving 92.08% validation accuracy with loss of 0.192 at final epoch. Confusion matrix and overall accuracy for the test set of KDEF dataset are given in Table 3. All categories are not much confused with each other, i.e., afraid, angry, and sad classes achieved per-class accuracy under 90% while the rest of all classes have accuracy above 90%. The results for this dataset are very convincing, making our trained model capable of FER in the heterogamous movie data. The KDEF dataset has various categories of face poses and viewpoint variations, which help to easily analyze the character’s facial expressions in the movie.

3.3. Subjective Evaluation of Generated Summary

One of the challenging steps in movie summarization is the evaluation of the generated summary due to the lack of standards. Generally, there are two types of assessment used in video summarization literature that can be categorized into intrinsic and extrinsic techniques. In intrinsic evaluation, the generated summary is directly analyzed from its contents. For instance, fluency in generated summary, coverage of the main theme of original video, and similarity with referenced summary generated by movies expert are checked. In extrinsic evaluation, the performance is evaluated as information retrieval problem using a multichoice questionnaire. The excellence of summary is then measured by the increase in quiz scores. In this paper, we followed the second technique because it generates summary based on user’s query to select emotional shots of a specific class. In our experiments, a total of ten subjects participated in the subjective evaluation, in which six students are selected from graduate and four from undergraduate program having age in the range from 20 to 25 years. All the participants were instructed to watch the selected movies before the evaluation and asked to rate the following three questions between 1 and 10 after watching the summary generated by their desired query. Table 4 represents the statistics of all the detected emotions in the informative shots of the test movies.Q 1: How much the summary is relevant to the input query?Q 2: How about the enjoyability of each summary?Q 3: How about the informativeness of each summary?

In Figure 6, the average scores of all the participants for each test movie are calculated and represented in the form of graphs. It is clear from Figure 6 that all the test movies give good results except “Salt”, which is an action movie. In action movies, the human movements are fast, making the task of FER very challenging due to blur effects. Our proposed scheme achieved best results for movie “Notting Hill”, which is a romantic movie, containing very rich emotions. Figure 7 represents some shots from movie “Notting Hill” with corresponding emotional state of the shots. Concluding the overall evaluation and discussion, we claim that the performance of our proposed scheme is best on movies of genre drama, comedy, romance, and fantasy compared to action and adventures.

4. Conclusion

In this article, we presented a user-preference based movie summarization scheme. First, we segmented the movie into shots using a novel entropy-based shots segmentation mechanism. Secondly, we computed temporal saliency for each shot to discard nonsalient shots. Next, character’s faces are detected in the salient shots and fed into a deep CNN model for FER. Finally, the summary is generated according to the user’s query of any emotion state from the predefined seven classes. We evaluated our trained model for FER and the overall proposed scheme of movie summarization using objective and subjective analysis. We found that our proposed scheme demonstrates better performance compared to other movies summarization techniques. In future, we aim to conduct experiments on animated movies and fuse both aural and visual features for movies summary generation.

Data Availability

All the datasets and testing movies are publicly available. We provided the citation of each dataset and the movies are downloaded from online databases, i.e., YouTube and Crackle. The python code for analysis and the trained model will be made available to readers upon request.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.


This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2018R1D1A1B07043302).