Proceedings: GI 2014

Casual authoring using a video navigation history

Matthew Fong, Abir Hajri, Gregor Miller, Sidney Fels

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2014: Montréal, Québec, Canada, 7 - 9 May 2014, 109-114

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    author = {Fong, Matthew and Hajri, Abir and Miller, Gregor and Fels, Sidney},
    title = {Casual authoring using a video navigation history},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2014},
    series = {GI 2014},
    year = {2014},
    issn = {0713-5424},
    isbn = {978-1-4822-6003-8},
    location = {Montr{\'e}al, Qu{\'e}bec, Canada},
    pages = {109--114},
    numpages = {6},
    publisher = {Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society},
    address = {Toronto, Ontario, Canada},


We propose the use of a personal video navigation history, which records a user's viewing behaviour, as a basis for casual video editing and sharing. Our novel interaction supports users' navigation of previously-viewed intervals to construct new videos via simple playlists. The intervals in the history can be individually previewed and searched, filtered to identify frequently-viewed sections, and added to a playlist from which they can be refined and re-ordered to create new videos. Interval selection and playlist creation using a history-based interaction is compared to a more conventional filmstrip-based technique. Using our novel interaction participants took at most two-thirds the time taken by the conventional method, and we found users gravitated towards using a history-based mechanism to find previously-viewed intervals compared to a state-of-the-art video interval selection method. Our study concludes that users are comfortable using a video history, and are happy to re-watch interesting parts of video to utilize the history's advantages in an authoring context.