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Video Scene Cut Detection and Analysis Tool

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Latest Release: v0.5 (August 31, 2018)

Main Webpage: py.scenedetect.com

Documentation: manual.scenedetect.com

Download/Install: https://pyscenedetect.readthedocs.io/en/latest/download/

Quick Install: Requires Python modules numpy, OpenCV cv2, and (optional) tqdm for displaying progress. To install PySceneDetect via pip:

pip install scenedetect

To test if you have the required prerequisites, open a python prompt, and run the following:

import numpy
import cv2

If both of those commands execute without any problems, you should be able to install PySceneDetect without any issues. To enable video splitting support, you will also need to have mkvmerge or ffmpeg installed on your system. See getting started guide after installation for details.

Also see the USAGE.md file for details on detection modes, default values/thresholds to try, and how to effectively choose the optimal detection parameters. Full documentation for PySceneDetect can be found on Readthedocs, or by visiting py.scenedetect.com.

To install from source instead, download the latest release and call python setup.py install (see the download page for details.

PySceneDetect is a command-line tool, written in Python and using OpenCV, which analyzes a video, looking for scene changes or cuts. The output timecodes can then be used with another tool (e.g. mkvmerge, ffmpeg) to split the video into individual clips. A frame-by-frame analysis can also be generated for a video, to help with determining optimal threshold values or detecting patterns/other analysis methods for a particular video. See the USAGE.md file for details.

There are two main detection methods PySceneDetect uses: detect-threshold (comparing each frame to a set black level, useful for detecting cuts and fades to/from black), and detect-content (compares each frame sequentially looking for changes in content, useful for detecting fast cuts between video scenes, although slower to process). Each mode has slightly different parameters, and is described in detail below.

In general, use detect-threshold mode if you want to detect scene boundaries using fades/cuts in/out to black. If the video uses a lot of fast cuts between content, and has no well-defined scene boundaries, you should use the detect-content mode. Once you know what detection mode to use, you can try the parameters recommended below, or generate a statistics file (using the -s / --statsfile flag) in order to determine the correct paramters - specifically, the proper threshold value.

Note that PySceneDetect is currently in beta; see Current Features & Roadmap below for details. For help or other issues, you can contact me on my website, or we can chat in #pyscenedetect on Freenode. Feel free to submit any bugs or feature requests to the Issue Tracker here on Github.

Download & Installation

Downloading: The latest version of PySceneDetect (v0.4) can be downloaded here; to run it, you will need:

To enable video splitting support, you also need to have one of the following tools installed (Linux users can usually grab them from your package manager):

More complete documentation and installation instructions can be found on Readthedocs, including a detailed guide on how to install the above dependencies. Note that in some cases the Windows version may require an additional opencv_ffmpeg.dll file for the specific version of OpenCV installed.

To ensure you have all the system requirements installed, open a python interpreter/REPL, and ensure you can import numpy and import cv2 without any errors. You can download a test video and view the expected output from the resources branch (see the end of the Usage section below for details).

Installing: Once you have all the system requirements, go to where you downloaded PySceneDetect and extract the archive. To install PySceneDetect, run the following command in the folder containing the extracted files (the one containing setup.py):

python setup.py install

After installation, you can use PySceneDetect as the scenedetect command from any terminal/command prompt. To verify the installation, run the following command to display what version of PySceneDetect you have installed:

scenedetect version


There is now a dedicated USAGE.md file (here) containing more detailed usage instructions. Documentation is also being added to Readthedocs, which will eventually replace the content of this file (see the PySceneDetect Quickstart Section for details)..

To run PySceneDetect, use the scenedetect command if you have it installed to your system. Otherwise, if you are running from source, you can invoke python scenedetect.py or ./scenedetect.py (instead of scenedetect in the examples shown below and elsewhere). To display the help file, detailing the command line parameters:

scenedetect help

To perform content-based analysis with the default parameters, on a video named myvideo.mp4, saving a list of scenes to myvideo_scenes.csv (they are also printed to the terminal when list-scenes is specified):

scenedetect --input myvideo.mp4 detect-content list-scenes -o myvideo_scenes.csv

To automatically split the input video into scenes using stream copying (default) with a statsfile specified (requires ffmpeg or mkvmerge to be installed):

scenedetect --input myvideo.mp4 --statsfile myvideo.stats.csv detect-content split-video

To automatically split the input video in precise mode (re-encodes input, slower but frame-perfect accuracy for output files, requires ffmpeg to be installed):

scenedetect --input myvideo.mp4 --statsfile myvideo.stats.csv detect-content split-video -p

To perform content-based analysis, with a threshold intensity of 30:

scenedetect --input myvideo.mp4 detect-content --threshold 30

To perform threshold-based analysis, with a threshold intensity of 16 and a match percent of 90:

scenedetect --input myvideo.mp4 detect-threshold --threshold 16 --min-percent 90

Detailed descriptions of the above parameters, as well as their default values, can be obtained by using the --help flag.

Below is a visual example of the parameters used in threshold mode (click for full-view):

parameters in threshold mode

You can download the file testvideo.mp4, as well as the expected output testvideo-results.txt, from the resources branch, for testing the operation of the program. Data for the above graph was obtained by running PySceneDetect on testvideo.mp4 in statistics mode (by specifying the -s argument).

Current Features & Roadmap

You can view the latest features and version roadmap on Readthedocs. See docs/changelog.md for a list of changes in each version, or visit the Releases page to download a specific version. Feel free to submit any bugs/issues or feature requests to the Issue Tracker.

Additional features being planned or in development can be found here (tagged as feature) in the issue tracker. You can also find additional information about PySceneDetect at http://www.bcastell.com/projects/pyscenedetect/.

Licensed under BSD 3-Clause (see the LICENSE file for details).

Copyright (C) 2012-2018 Brandon Castellano. All rights reserved.