MSU Video Colorization Benchmark

Explore the best video colorization algorithms!

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G&M Lab head: Dr. Dmitriy Vatolin
Measurements, analysis: 
David Chikovani,
Sergey Lavrushkin

Our benchmark evaluates the best video colorization methods for color propagation and automatic colorization.

Everyone is welcome to participate! Apply your video colorization method to our dataset and submit the results to see how well it performs. Check the Submitting section to learn the details.

Over 2000 People

have participated in the verified
pairwise subjective comparison

36 High-Resolution Test Clips

with diverse complexity of spatial
and temporal information

11 methods tested

including video color propagation
and automatic video colorization

7 metrics

and their correlations
for detailed comparison

Structural Distortion Maps

for explicit artifacts detection

Speed/Quality Scatter Plots

and tables with metrics
for a comprehensive comparison

What’s New

  • July, 2024: Benchmark Release


For a comprehensive assessment of the video colorization task, we used various objective metrics and subjective comparison. Over 2000 valid participants have selected the most visually appealing colorization result in a number of pairwise comparisons. In addition, we calculated the FPS (frames per second) to compare the speed of both algorithms and metrics.

Check the Methodology section to learn the details.

Scroll below for comparison charts, tables, and interactive visual comparisons of video colorization models result.


† denote color propagation with 1 anchor frame
‡ denote color propagation with 2 anchor frames
* denote automatic colorization




To add your video colorization method to the benchmark, follow these steps:

1. Download the dataset
2. Apply your video colorization method to the dataset
3. Send to
the following information:
  • The full and short names of the video colorization method that we will specify in our benchmark. Also provide information about how many anchor frames were used.
  • An compressed directory with colorized frames or videos. The link must be valid within a month after receiving it. Please ensure that you permit us to download the file. By submitting this video, you agree that third parties may use it.
  • The exact commands, options, versions of used programs, etc. Each submission must contain results of exactly one model with fixed settings. Please do not fine-tune model parameters by hand for each video segment.
  • If you want us to verify your method, send us the executable, and we will run it ourselves. Then we will add the FPS of your algorithm in charts and tables. Executable's arguments must include paths to the folder with input PNG images and the folder for output PNG images. By submitting this executable, you agree that third parties may use it.

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Further Reading

Check the “Methodology” section to learn how we prepare our dataset.

Check the “Metrics” section to learn more about metrics and their correlations.

Check the “Participants” section to learn which video colorization method implementations we use.

MSU Video Quality Measurement Tool


    The tool for performing video/image quality analyses using reference or no-reference metrics

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  • Modern & Classical Metrics SSIM, MS-SSIM, PSNR, VMAF and 10+ more
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    Blurring, Blocking, Noise, Scene change detection, NIQE and more

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  • GPU support
    Up to 11.7x faster calculation of metrics with GPU
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  • Main MSU VQMT page on

Crowd-sourced subjective
quality evaluation platform

  • Conduct comparison of video codecs and/or encoding parameters

What is it? is a web platform for conducting fast crowd-sourced subjective comparisons.

The service is designed for the comparison of images, video, and sound processing methods.

Main features

  • Pairwise comparison
  • Detailed report
  • Providing all of the raw data
  • Filtering out answers from cheating respondents

09 Jul 2024
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