FORM2 Kinematic Gesture was produced by Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC)
catalog number LDC2003V01 and ISBN 1-58563-269-4.
FORM is a gesture annotation scheme designed to capture the kinematic
information in gesture from videos of speakers. This publication is a
detailed database of gesture-annotated videos stored in the Anvil and
FORM file formats. FORM encodes the "phonetics" of gesture by giving
geometric descriptions of location and movement of the right and left
arms. Other kinematic information such as effort and shape are also
Please go to the FORM website for
There are a total of 24 data files: eight movie files, eight Anvil files, and eight Form files.
The movie files represent 12 minutes
of audio and video recordings excerpted from a lecture given
by Brian MacWhinney on January 24, 2000 at Carnegie Mellon University.
These video recordings were chosen because they are part of the NSF-funded
The video format is as follows:
|Size||360 x 240 pixels|
|Data rate||696 K/sec|
|Video rate||29.82 fps|
|Audio rate||48.000 kHz|
|Audio format||8-bit stereo|
The gesture annotations were created using the FORM 2.0
tag set. The Anvil annotation files used in their creation, augmented with
FORM 1.0 data, are also included. (FORM1 data will be the subject of a separate publication to be released in the near future). FORM1 values that are not included in the FORM2 spec are not included in the publication.
A full description of the FORM tag set with explanations of each value
can be found in the documentation.
This research was conducted using funding from the following grant sources:
ISLE - 9910603
NSF: TalkBank (via subcontract from Carnegie Mellon University) - BCS-998009 and BCS-9978056
NSF: Discourse and Gesture - EIA98-09209
There are no updates available at this time.
The cost of the first 50 copies of this publication (not counting the copies distributed to
LDC members) is covered by the sponsoring grants, and therefore free of charge
to qualified researchers; a $30 shipping and handling fee applies. After these first 50
copies are distributed, additional copies will be available for the production cost of $500
Portions © 2003 Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, © 2000 Brian MacWhinney