Code release for "Convolutional Two-Stream Network Fusion for Video Action Recognition", CVPR 2016.
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Convolutional Two-Stream Network Fusion for Video Action Recognition

This repository contains the code for our CVPR 2016 paper:

Christoph Feichtenhofer, Axel Pinz, Andrew Zisserman
"Convolutional Two-Stream Network Fusion for Video Action Recognition"
in Proc. CVPR 2016

If you find the code useful for your research, please cite our paper:

      title={Convolutional Two-Stream Network Fusion for Video Action Recognition},
      author={Feichtenhofer, Christoph and Pinz, Axel and Zisserman, Andrew},
      booktitle={Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},


The code was tested on Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 10 using MATLAB R2015b and NVIDIA Titan X or Z GPUs.

If you have questions regarding the implementation please contact:

Christoph Feichtenhofer <feichtenhofer AT>



  1. Download the code git clone --recursive

  2. Compile the code by running compile.m.

    • This will also compile a modified (and older) version of the MatConvNet toolbox. In case of any issues, please follow the installation instructions on the MatConvNet homepage.
  3. Edit the file cnn_setup_environment.m to adjust the models and data paths.

  4. Download pretrained model files and the datasets, linked below and unpack them into your models/data directory.

  • Optionally you can pretrain your own twostream models by running
    1. cnn_ucf101_spatial(); to train the appearance network stream.
    2. cnn_ucf101_temporal(); to train the optical flow network stream.
  1. Run cnn_ucf101_fusion(); this will use the downloaded models and demonstrate training of our final architecture on UCF101/HMDB51.
    • In case you would like to train on the CPU, clear the variable opts.train.gpus
    • In case you encounter memory issues on your GPU, consider decreasing the cudnnWorkspaceLimit (512MB is default)

Pretrained models


Pre-computed optical flow images and resized rgb frames for the UCF101 and HMDB51 datasets

Use it on your own dataset