On the Importance of Video Action Recognition for Visual Lipreading

22 Mar 2019  ·  Xinshuo Weng ·

We focus on the word-level visual lipreading, which requires to decode the word from the speaker's video. Recently, many state-of-the-art visual lipreading methods explore the end-to-end trainable deep models, involving the use of 2D convolutional networks (e.g., ResNet) as the front-end visual feature extractor and the sequential model (e.g., Bi-LSTM or Bi-GRU) as the back-end. Although a deep 2D convolution neural network can provide informative image-based features, it ignores the temporal motion existing between the adjacent frames. In this work, we investigate the spatial-temporal capacity power of I3D (Inflated 3D ConvNet) for visual lipreading. We demonstrate that, after pre-trained on the large-scale video action recognition dataset (e.g., Kinetics), our models show a considerable improvement of performance on the task of lipreading. A comparison between a set of video model architectures and input data representation is also reported. Our extensive experiments on LRW shows that a two-stream I3D model with RGB video and optical flow as the inputs achieves the state-of-the-art performance.

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