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TouchCut: Fast Image and Video Segmentation using Single-Touch Interaction

Wang, T, Han, B and Collomosse, JP (2014) TouchCut: Fast Image and Video Segmentation using Single-Touch Interaction Computer Vision and Image Understanding, 120. pp. 14-30.

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We present TouchCut; a robust and efficient algorithm for segmenting image and video sequences with minimal user interaction. Our algorithm requires only a single finger touch to identify the object of interest in the image or first frame of video. Our approach is based on a level set framework, with an appearance model fusing edge, region texture and geometric information sampled local to the touched point. We first present our image segmentation solution, then extend this framework to progressive (per-frame) video segmentation, encouraging temporal coherence by incorporating motion estimation and a shape prior learned from previous frames. This new approach to visual object cut-out provides a practical solution for image and video segmentation on compact touch screen devices, facilitating spatially localized media manipulation. We describe such a case study, enabling users to selectively stylize video objects to create a hand-painted effect. We demonstrate the advantages of TouchCut by quantitatively comparing against the state of the art both in terms of accuracy, and run-time performance.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
Date : 1 March 2014
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.cviu.2013.10.013
Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Computer Vision and Image Understanding. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Computer Vision and Image Understanding, 120, March 2014, DOI 10.1016/j.cviu.2013.10.013.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 Jun 2014 08:48
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:57

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