Generalized Image Acquisition and Analysis

Synchronization and Rolling Shutter Compensation for Consumer Video Camera Arrays

Two major obstacles to the use of consumer camcorders in computer vision applications are the lack of synchronization hardware, and the use of a "rolling" shutter, which introduces a temporal shear in the video volume. We present two simple approaches for solving both the rolling shutter shear and the synchronization problem at the same time. The first approach is based on strobe illumination, while the second employs a subframe warp along optical flow vectors. In our experiments we have used the proposed methods to effectively remove temporal shear, and synchronize up to 16 consumer-grade camcorders in multiple geometric configurations.


A Kaleidoscopic Approach to Surround Geometry and Reflectance Acquisition

Ivo Ihrke, Ilya Reshetouski, Alkhazur Manakov, Art Tevs, Michael Wand, Hans-Peter Seidel
In: CVPR Workshop on Computational Cameras and Displays (CCD), 2012


We describe a system for acquiring reflectance fields of objects without moving parts and without a massively parallel hardware setup. Our system consists of a set of planar mirrors which serve to multiply a single camera and a single projector into a multitude of virtual counterparts. Using this arrangement, we can acquire reflectance fields with an average angular sampling rate of about 120+ view/light pairs per surface point. The mirror system allows for freely programmable illumination with full directional coverage. We employ this setup to realize a 3D acquisition system that employs structured illumination to capture the unknown object geometry, in addition to dense reflectance sampling. On the software side, we combine state-of-the-art 3D reconstruction algorithms with a reflectance sharing technique based on non-negative matrix factorization in order to reconstruct a joint model of geometry and reflectance. We demonstrate for a number of test scenes that the kaleidoscopic approach can acquire complex reflectance properties faithfully. The main limitation is that the multiplexing approach limits the attainable spatial resolution, trading it off for improved directional coverage.


author = {Ivo Ihrke and Ilya Reshetouski and Alkhazur Manakov and Art Tevs and Michael Wand and Hans-Peter Seidel},
title = "{A Kaleidoscopic Approach to Surround Geometry and Reflectance Acquisition}",
booktitle = {Proceedings of IEEE International Workshop on Computational Cameras and Displays },
pages = "1--8",
year = {2012},
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