This paper gives an overview of the Video Search Showcase and reports on the achieved progress over the first three years:

Klaus Schoeffmann, “A User-Centric Media Retrieval Competition: The Video Browser Showdown 2012-2014“, in IEEE Multimedia, Vol. 21, No. 4, Oct.-Dec., 2014, pp. 8-13


The following journal paper, which is available online, evaluates the performance of tools used in VBS2013 in direct comparison to interactive search with a common video player:

Klaus Schoeffmann, David Ahlström, Werner Bailer, Claudiu Cobarzan, Frank Hopfgartner, Kevin McGuinness, Cathal Gurrin, Christian Frisson, Duy-Dinh Le, Manfred del Fabro, Hongliang Bai, and Wolfgang Weiss, “The Video Browser Showdown: A Live Evaluation of Interactive Video Search Tools“, in International Journal of Multimedia Information Retrieval (MMIR), Springer, 2013

Springer Link

Video Browsing in General

An introduction to video browsing in general and overview of video interaction tools is given in the following papers:

Klaus Schoeffmann, Marco A. Hudelist, Jochen Huber, “Video Interaction Tools: A Survey of Recent Work“, ACM Computing Surveys, Vol. 48, No. 1, Article 14, 2015, pp. 1-34. Link

Klaus Schoeffmann, Frank Hopfgartner, Oge Marques, Laszlo Boeszoermenyi, and Joemon M. Jose, “Video browsing interfaces and applications: a review“, in SPIE Reviews , Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 1-35 (018004), SPIE, Online, March 2010. Link to online version (Open Access).

Best Video Browser 2014

In VBS2014 the Signature-Based Video Browser from the SIRET research group at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, won the competition. They provide a download of their tool here (implemented for Windows, with .NET):


In 2017 the following video browsing tools will be used:

  • CITYU: Lu, Yi-Jie et al., Concept-Based Interactive Search System
  • IMOTION: Luca Rossetto et al., Enhanced Retrieval and Browsing in the IMOTION System
  • KLU: Klaus Schoeffmann et al., Collaborative Feature Maps for Interactive Video Search
  • SIRET: Adam Blazek et al., VideoHunter at VBS 2017
  • UU: Wolfgang Huerst et al., Storyboard-based Video Browsing Using Color and Concept Indices
  • VERGE: Anastasia Moumtzidou et al., VERGE in VBS 2017
  • VNU/NII: Vinh-Tiep Nguyen et al., Semantic Extraction and Object Proposal for Video Search


In 2016 the following video browsing tools were used:



In 2015 the following video browsing tools were used:


In 2014 the following browsing systems were used:


In 2013 the following browsing systems were used:


In 2012 the following browsing systems were used: