Computer Vision for Visual Effects
Speaker: Richard J. Radke, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Department: Electrical Engineering
Location: Engineering Quadrangle J323
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Modern blockbuster movies seamlessly introduce impossible characters and action into real-world settings using digital visual effects. These effects are made possible by research from the field of computer vision, the study of how to automatically understand images. We'll overview classical computer vision algorithms used on a regular basis in Hollywood (such as blue-screen matting, structure from motion, optical flow, and feature tracking) and exciting recent developments that form the basis for future effects (such as natural image matting, multi-image compositing, image retargeting, and view synthesis). We'll also discuss the technologies behind motion capture and three-dimensional data acquisition. The talk will motivate the concepts with many behind-the-scenes images and video clips from TV and movies.