Automated Classification of Cricket Pitch Frames in Cricket Video

Sandesh Bananki Jayanth, Gowri Srinivasa

Abstract

Automated detection of the cricket pitch is a fundamental step in content-based indexing and summarization of cricketvideos. In this paper, we propose visual-content based algorithms to automate the extraction of video frames with thecricket pitch in focus from input cricket videos. As a preprocessing step, we first select a subset of frames with a viewof the cricket field. This reduces the search space by eliminating frames that contain a view of the audience, close-upshots of specific players, advertisements, etc. The subset of frames containing the cricket field is then processed using astatistical modeling of the grayscale (brightness) histogram (SMoG). Since, in the present day, most videos are shot incolor and SMoG does not utilize this information, we propose an alternative: color quantization based region of interestextraction (CQRE). Experimental results demonstrate that successive application of the two methods outperforms eitherone applied exclusively, regardless of the quality of the input. The SMoG-CQRE combination for cricket pitch detectionyields an average accuracy of 98:6% in the best case (a high resolution video with good contrast) and an average accuracyof 87:9% in the worst case (a low resolution video with poor contrast). Since, the extraction of pitch frames only formsthe first step in analyzing key action frames in a match, we also present an an algorithm for player detection in theseframes.

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