Face Recognition

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So what if we can't figure out who an actor is and don't know what show/movie your watching? Face recognition would be great, kind of like the Amazon phone scanner!
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It is an interesting technical challenge.

As I recall, Hulu has experimented with a semi-automated
system that they call "Face Match".  Some examples
of that system in action can be seen here:

  https://twitter.com/search?f=images&q=hulu+%22face+match%22

If anyone is interested in reading some very technical
implementation details, see these four Hulu blog posts:

  1.  Hulu's "Face Match" system overview
  2.  Face detection functionality
  3.  Shot boundary detection and face tracking
  4.  Clustering, recognition and summary

(Note:  Those posts contain some broken page-navigation links.
To find all four posts, use the links provided here.)

Related technical paper:
   http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-07308-8_20

(Disclaimer:  I'm not affiliated with Hulu.)
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Hi Anna Frei,

It sounds like you are requesting that IMDb implement facial recognition software to match on screen images to the faces of celebrities in IMDb's database. Since Amazon owns IMDb, they may be able to adapt their facial recognition software for the use you propose.

There are problems that may make adapting Amazon's software difficult for finding the name of an actor in a film.
  1. Amazon's phone scanner software was written for a specific purpose, it may not be suitable for the purpose you envision.
  2. The images of people on IMDb may not sufficiently match many of the images you wish to search.
  3. Unless you limit the scope of the search by supplying the film or television program, it would take a large amount of processing time to compare an arbitrary image with the images on IMDb.
This Wikipedia article describes the general state of the art for facial recognition.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facial_recognition_system

Google has a general image search that can also be very useful.
http://www.google.com/insidesearch/features/images/searchbyimage.html

Finally, a number of IMDb users have created lists of celebrities who look alike. This is a Google search of such lists:
https://www.google.com/#q=site:imdb.com%2Flist+look+alike
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It sounds like you need IMDb X-ray which is available when watching on Amazon Video ... http://www.imdb.com/x-ray/
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Aha!  I'd forgotten about X-Ray.

(How silly of me to blather on about Hulu's tech
when I'd forgotten all about yours.)
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Col,

I also forgot about IMDb X-Ray.

By the way, there is a typo at the bottom of the IMDb X-Ray page (http://www.imdb.com/x-ray/). The word available is misspelled as vailable.

Thousands of titles vailable on Amazon Fire TV devices, Fire tablets, Fire phone, Android phones and Android tablets.
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Well spotted, thanks.  A fix has been made and should be live within the next day or so. 
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This is a query regarding the extent of X-Ray. How come X-ray isn't on all videos and especially on a series of videos, Scorpion. X-ray is on some but not all and I get a little disappointed when I scroll over to the left of the screen and see nothing.

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