MovieCuts: A New Dataset and Benchmark for Cut Type Recognition

Alejandro Pardo*, Fabian Caba Heilbron, Juan León Alcázar, Ali Thabet, Bernard Ghanem

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Understanding movies and their structural patterns is a crucial task in decoding the craft of video editing. While previous works have developed tools for general analysis, such as detecting characters or recognizing cinematography properties at the shot level, less effort has been devoted to understanding the most basic video edit, the Cut. This paper introduces the Cut type recognition task, which requires modeling multi-modal information. To ignite research in this new task, we construct a large-scale dataset called MovieCuts, which contains 173, 967 video clips labeled with ten cut types defined by professionals in the movie industry. We benchmark a set of audio-visual approaches, including some dealing with the problem’s multi-modal nature. Our best model achieves 47.7% mAP, which suggests that the task is challenging and that attaining highly accurate Cut type recognition is an open research problem. Advances in automatic Cut-type recognition can unleash new experiences in the video editing industry, such as movie analysis for education, video re-editing, virtual cinematography, machine-assisted trailer generation, machine-assisted video editing, among others. Our data and code are publicly available:

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Vision – ECCV 2022 - 17th European Conference, Proceedings
EditorsShai Avidan, Gabriel Brostow, Moustapha Cissé, Giovanni Maria Farinella, Tal Hassner
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783031200700
StatePublished - 2022
Event17th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2022 - Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: Oct 23 2022Oct 27 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13667 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference17th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2022
CityTel Aviv


  • Cinematography
  • Cut-types
  • Movie understanding
  • Recognition
  • Shot transition
  • Video editing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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