Entirely watching separate video segments of interest or their summary might not be smooth enough nor comprehensible for viewers since contextual information between those segments may be lost. A unified framework for context-preserving video retrieval and summarization is proposed in order to solve this problem. Given a video database and ontologies specifying relationships among concepts used in MPEG-7 annotations, the objective is to identify according to a user query
segments together with summaries of
segments. Two types of contextual segments are defined:
segments intended to form semantically coherent segments, and
segments intended to semantically link together two separate segments.
Relationships among verbs
 are exploited to identify contextual segments as the relationships can provide the knowledge about events, causes and effects of actions over time. A query model and context-preserving video summarization are also presented.