Is automated conversion of video to text a reality?

R. Bowden, Stephen Cox, R.W. Harvey, Y. Lan, E.-J. Ong, G. Owen, B.-J. Theobald

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A recent trend in law enforcement has been the use of Forensic lip-readers. Criminal activities are often recorded on CCTV or other video gathering systems. Knowledge of what suspects are saying enriches the evidence gathered but lip-readers, by their own admission, are fallible so, based on long term studies of automated lip-reading, we are investigating the possibilities and limitations of applying this technique under realistic conditions. We have adopted a step-by-step approach and are developing a capability when prior video information is available for the suspect of interest. We use the terminology video-to-text (V2T) for this technique by analogy with speech-to-text (S2T) which also has applications in security and law-enforcement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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