Saturday, August 16, 2008

Enhancing video by using still images of the scene

I don't normally do this but there is some amazing work being done at the University of Washington.

Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scene from pro on Vimeo.

Spotted on CrunchGear.

I was impressed by smile and blink detection in my little point n shoot. That's nothing compared to what these folks are doing.

They take some still images of a scene and then a video. The still images, including HDR images, can be used to enhance the quality of the video scene. There is also a brilliant image stabalisation system that works after shooting.

My only question is just how much of this requires operator skill and how much is automatic?


Tony Stevenson said...

Flippin heck! That's amazing - thanks for sharing - so we can expect in the future to spend even more time optimnising our photos? Always so much the better to get them right first time.

Peter Marks said...

I think it shows that there's still a lot of innovation to come as the computers in cameras get more capable.

It also shows that you can't believe what you see with your eyes in a moving picture.