The invention relates to a method for separating successive image sequences of
motion-picture films, video tapes or the like into individual sequences. According
to said method, sequence changes of a first type, which are based on a change in
the mean brightness of successive images, and/or sequence changes of a second type,
which are based on a change in the content of successive images, are detected and
separation markers for the automatic separation of the image sequences into individual
sequences are set.