Generalized Image Acquisition and Analysis

Property and Lighting Manipulations for Static Volume Stylization Using a Painting Metaphor

Although volumetric phenomena are important for realistic rendering and can even be a crucial component in the image, the artistic control of the volume’s appearance is challenging. Appropriate tools to edit volume properties are missing, which can make it necessary to use simulation results directly. Alternatively, high-level modifications that are rarely intuitive, e.g., the tweaking of noise function parameters, can be utilized. Our work introduces a solution to stylize single-scattering volumetric effects in static volumes. Hereby, an artistic and intuitive control of emission, scattering and extinction becomes possible, while ensuring a smooth and coherent appearance when changing the viewpoint. Our method is based on tomographic reconstruction, which we link to the volumetric rendering equation. It analyzes a number of target views provided by the artist and adapts the volume properties to match the appearance for the given perspectives. Additionally, we describe how we can optimize for the environmental lighting to match a desired scene appearance, while keeping volume properties constant. Finally, both techniques can be combined. We demonstrate several use cases of our approach and illustrate its effectiveness.

Three-Dimensional Kaleidoscopic Imaging

Ilya Reshetouski, Alkhazur Manakov, Hans-Peter Seidel, and Ivo Ihrke
CVPR 2011 (oral)

  We introduce three-dimensional kaleidoscopic imaging, a promising alternative for recording multi-view imagery.
  The main limitation of multi-view reconstruction techniques is the limited number of views that are available from multi-camera systems, especially for dynamic scenes.
  Our new system is based on imaging an object inside a kaleidoscopic mirror system. We show that this approach can generate a large number of high-quality views well distributed over the hemisphere surrounding the object in a single shot. In comparison to existing multi-view systems, our method offers a number of advantages: it is possible to operate with a single camera, the individual views are perfectly synchronized, and they have the same radiometric and colorimetric properties.
  We describe the setup both theoretically, and provide methods for a practical implementation. Enabling interfacing to standard multi-view algorithms for further processing is an important goal of our techniques.

  Example of labeling process:

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Source image Silhouette image Chambers extraction Visual hull
Labeling of views


Paper [pdf]
Supplemental materials [pdf]
Presentation [ppt]
Labeling data example (with MatLab loader) [zip]
Labeling of the dynamic scene example: Input movie [mpg], Segmentation movie [mpg], Labeling movie [mpg]