VIMS: A Video Information Management System

J.C.-M. Lee, Qing Li, W. Xiong

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

13 Citations (Scopus)


Video data management is fast becoming one of the most important topics in multimedia databases. In this paper, we describe the development of an experimental video information management system, called "VIMS", being implemented at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, which employs two fundamental components - i) a Video Classification Component (VCC) for the generation of effective indices necessary for structuring the video data, and ii) a Conceptual Clustering Mechanism (CCM) having extended object-oriented features and techniques. By incorporating CCM concepts and techniques together with the classified features and indices generated from the VCC, the information management system enables users to form dynamically, among other things, video programs (or segments) from existing objects based on semantic features/index terms. A prototype of this system has been constructed, using a persistent object storage manager (viz., EOS), on Sun4 workstations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-28
Number of pages22
JournalMultimedia Tools and Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • And key frame selection
  • Automatic video data structuring
  • Camera break detection
  • Dynamic object clustering
  • Extended object-oriented techniques
  • Video database
  • Video editing and classification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Media Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


Dive into the research topics of 'VIMS: A Video Information Management System'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this