QuerYD: A video dataset with high-quality textual and audio narrations

Andreea-Maria Oncescu, Jõao F. Henriques, Yang Liu, Andrew Zisserman, Samuel Albanie

We introduce QuerYD, a new large-scale dataset for retrieval and event localisation in video. A unique feature of our dataset is the availability of two audio tracks for each video: the original audio, and a high-quality spoken description of the visual content. The dataset is based on YouDescribe, a volunteer project that assists visually-impaired people by attaching voiced narrations to existing YouTube videos. This ever-growing collection of videos contains highly detailed, temporally aligned audio and text annotations. The content descriptions are more relevant than dialogue, and more detailed than previous description attempts, which can be observed to contain many superficial or uninformative descriptions. To demonstrate the utility of the QuerYD dataset, we show that it can be used to train and benchmark strong models for retrieval and event localisation. All data, code and models will be made available, and we hope that QuerYD inspires further research on video understanding with written and spoken natural language.

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