A Comparison of Video Browsing Performance between Desktop and Virtual Reality Interfaces

Florian Spiess, Ralph Gasser, Silvan Heller, Heiko Schuldt, Luca Rossetto
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Proceedings of the International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR '23)
Thessaloniki, Greece

Interactive retrieval with user-friendly and performant interfaces remains a necessity for video retrieval, even in light of significant gains in retrieval performance through multi-modal encoders. In recent years, novel interaction modalities such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have gained popularity, but the best way to adapt paradigms from traditional retrieval interfaces, especially for result browsing and interaction, remains an open research question. In this paper, we compare two video retrieval interfaces in a controlled setting to gain insight into the differences in video browsing between VR and desktop interfaces. We formulate hypotheses explaining why there might be performance differences between the two interfaces, define metrics to test the hypotheses, and show results based on data gathered at an evaluation campaign. Our results show that VR interfaces can be competitive in browsing performance and indicate that there can even be an advantage when browsing larger result sets in VR.

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