CVMP '21: European Conference on Visual Media Production

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SESSION: Session 1

Semantic-driven Colorization

Recent colorization works implicitly predict the semantic information while learning to colorize black-and-white images. Consequently, the generated color is easier to be overflowed, and the semantic faults are invisible. According to human experience in colorization, our brains first detect and recognize the objects in the photo, then imagine their plausible colors based on many similar objects we have seen in real life, and finally colorize them, as described in Figure 1. In this study, we simulate that human-like action to let our network first learn to understand the photo, then colorize it. Thus, our work can provide plausible colors at a semantic level. Plus, the semantic information predicted from a well-trained model becomes understandable and able to be modified. Additionally, we also prove that Instance Normalization is also a missing ingredient for image colorization, then re-design the inference flow of U-Net to have two streams of data, providing an appropriate way of normalizing the features extracted from the black-and-white image. As a result, our network can provide plausible colors competitive to the typical colorization works for specific objects. Our interactive application is available at

Automatic Camera Control and Directing with an Ultra-High-Definition Collaborative Recording System

Capturing an event from multiple camera angles can give a viewer the most complete and interesting picture of that event. To be suitable for broadcasting, a human director needs to decide what to show at each point in time. This can become cumbersome with an increasing number of camera angles. The introduction of omnidirectional or wide-angle cameras has allowed for events to be captured more completely, making it even more difficult for the director to pick a good shot. In this paper, a system is presented that, given multiple ultra-high resolution video streams of an event, can generate a visually pleasing sequence of shots that manages to follow the relevant action of an event. Due to the algorithm being general purpose, it can be applied to most scenarios that feature humans. The proposed method allows for online processing when real-time broadcasting is required, as well as offline processing when the quality of the camera operation is the priority. Object detection is used to detect humans and other objects of interest in the input streams. Detected persons of interest, along with a set of rules based on cinematic conventions, are used to determine which video stream to show and what part of that stream is virtually framed. The user can provide a number of settings that determine how these rules are interpreted. The system is able to handle input from different wide-angle video streams by removing lens distortions. Using a user study it is shown, for a number of different scenarios, that the proposed automated director is able to capture an event with aesthetically pleasing video compositions and human-like shot switching behavior.

Depth Estimation from a Single Omnidirectional Image using Domain Adaptation

Omnidirectional cameras are becoming popular in various applications owing to their ability to capture the full surrounding scene in real-time. However, depth estimation for an omnidirectional scene is more difficult than normal perspective images due to its different system properties and distortions. It is hard to use normal depth estimation methods such as stereo matching or RGB-D sensing. A deep-learning-based single-shot depth estimation approach can be a good solution, but it requires a large labelled dataset for training. The 3D60 dataset, the largest omnidirectional dataset with depth labels, is not applicable for general scene depth estimation because it covers very limited scenes. In order to overcome this limitation, we propose a depth estimation architecture for a single omnidirectional image using domain adaptation. The proposed architecture gets labelled source domain and unlabelled target domain data together as its input and estimated depth information of the target domain using the Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN) based method. The proposed architecture shows >10% higher accuracy in depth estimation than traditional encoder-decoder models with a limited labelled dataset.

VPN: Video Provenance Network for Robust Content Attribution

We present VPN - a content attribution method for recovering provenance information from videos shared online. Platforms, and users, often transform video into different quality, codecs, sizes, shapes, etc. or slightly edit its content such as adding text or emoji, as they are redistributed online. We learn a robust search embedding for matching such video, invariant to these transformations, using full-length or truncated video queries. Once matched against a trusted database of video clips, associated information on the provenance of the clip is presented to the user. We use an inverted index to match temporal chunks of video using late-fusion to combine both visual and audio features. In both cases, features are extracted via a deep neural network trained using contrastive learning on a dataset of original and augmented video clips. We demonstrate high accuracy recall over a corpus of 100,000 videos.

SESSION: Session 2

FacialFilmroll: High-resolution multi-shot video editing

We present FacialFilmroll, a solution for spatially and temporally consistent editing of faces in one or multiple shots. We build upon unwrap mosaic [Rav-Acha et al. 2008] by specializing it to faces. We leverage recent techniques to fit a 3D face model on monocular videos to (i) improve the quality of the mosaic for edition and (ii) permit the automatic transfer of edits from one shot to other shots of the same actor. We explain how FacialFilmroll is integrated in post-production facility. Finally, we present video editing results using FacialFilmroll on high resolution videos.

Speech-Driven Conversational Agents using Conditional Flow-VAEs

Automatic control of conversational agents has applications from animation, through human-computer interaction, to robotics. In interactive communication, an agent must move to express its own discourse, and also react naturally to incoming speech. In this paper we propose a Flow Variational Autoencoder (Flow-VAE) deep learning architecture for transforming conversational speech to body gesture, during both speaking and listening. The model uses a normalising flow to perform variational inference in an autoencoder framework and is a more expressive distribution than the Gaussian approximation of conventional variational autoencoders. Our model is non-deterministic, so can produce variations of plausible gestures for the same speech. Our evaluation demonstrates that our approach produces expressive body motion that is close to the ground truth using a fraction of the trainable parameters compared with previous state of the art.

Photometric Stereo with Area Lights for Lambertian Surfaces

This paper presents a photometric stereo technique that uses area lights for normal recovery and 3D geometry reconstruction of mid-sized objects. The object is illuminated in succession by several off-the-shelf LED area lights and images are captured by at least two DSLR cameras. Compared to point light sources, area lights have the advantage of producing high illuminance, resulting in low image noise and fast shutter speed, which is important if the captured object is not completely static during the acquisition of the images, e.g., when capturing a human face. Area lights are standard photo equipment which makes them cheaper, easier to obtain, and install than specialized many-lights hardware. The normal map of the object is recovered by our photometric stereo approach that uses ray tracing techniques to simulate the light transport in the scene. Furthermore, our approach takes the effects of occlusion and interreflections into account. The normal map is iteratively optimized which in turn is utilized to update the depth information of the object. Our synthetic and real-world experiments show that area lights are applicable for photometric stereo at the cost of an increased computational effort.