A Better Use of Audio-Visual Cues: Dense Video Captioning with Bi-modal Transformer

17 May 2020  ·  Vladimir Iashin, Esa Rahtu ·

Dense video captioning aims to localize and describe important events in untrimmed videos. Existing methods mainly tackle this task by exploiting only visual features, while completely neglecting the audio track. Only a few prior works have utilized both modalities, yet they show poor results or demonstrate the importance on a dataset with a specific domain. In this paper, we introduce Bi-modal Transformer which generalizes the Transformer architecture for a bi-modal input. We show the effectiveness of the proposed model with audio and visual modalities on the dense video captioning task, yet the module is capable of digesting any two modalities in a sequence-to-sequence task. We also show that the pre-trained bi-modal encoder as a part of the bi-modal transformer can be used as a feature extractor for a simple proposal generation module. The performance is demonstrated on a challenging ActivityNet Captions dataset where our model achieves outstanding performance. The code is available: v-iashin.github.io/bmt

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Temporal Action Proposal Generation ActivityNet Captions BMT Average Precision 48.23 # 1
Average Recall 80.31 # 1
Average F1 60.27 # 1
Dense Video Captioning ActivityNet Captions BMT METEOR 8.44 # 8
BLEU-3 3.84 # 2
BLEU-4 1.88 # 4