Automatic Real-Time Video Matting Using Time-of-Flight Camera and Multichannel Poisson Equations

Liang Wang, Minglun Gong, Chenxi Zhang, Ruigang Yang, Cha Zhang, Yee-Hong Yang
2011 International Journal of Computer Vision  
This paper presents an automatic real-time video matting system. The proposed system consists of two novel components. In order to automatically generate trimaps for live videos, we advocate a Time-of-Flight (TOF) camerabased approach to video bilayer segmentation. Our algorithm combines color and depth cues in a probabilistic fusion framework. The scene depth information returned by the TOF camera is less sensitive to environment changes, which makes our method robust to illumination
more » ... dynamic background and camera motion. For the second step, we perform alpha matting based on the segmentation Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article (result. Our matting algorithm uses a set of novel Poisson equations that are derived for handling multichannel color vectors, as well as the depth information captured. Realtime processing speed is achieved through optimizing the algorithm for parallel processing on graphics hardware. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our matting system on an extensive set of experimental results.
doi:10.1007/s11263-011-0471-x fatcat:m3sg6g6vkjat7f3rbauos257mu