DuctTake is a system designed to enable practical compositing of multiple takes of a scene into a single video. Current industry solutions are based around object segmentation, a hard problem that requires extensive manual input and cleanup, making compositing an expensive part of the film-making process. Our method instead compos- ites shots together by finding optimal spatiotemporal seams using motion-compensated 3D graph cuts through the video volume. We describe in detail the required components, decisions, and new techniques that together make a usable, interactive tool for compositing HD video, paying special attention to running time and performance of each section. We validate our approach by presenting a wide variety of examples and by comparing result quality and creation time to composites made by professional artists using current state-of-the-art tools.


We are currently working on a way to distribute a demo version of the software for filmmakers to try out, and will update this space when we have more information.


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DuctTake: Spatiotemporal Video Compositing. [pdf] [bibtex]
J. Rüegg, O. Wang, A. Smolic, M. Gross.
Eurographics 2013.

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