Video matting is the process of taking a sequence of frames, isolating the foreground, and replacing the background in each frame. We look at existing single-frame matting techniques and present a method that improves upon them by adding depth information acquired by a time-offlight range scanner. We use the depth information to automate the process so it can be practically used for video sequences. In addition, we show that we can improve the results from natural matting algorithms by adding a depth channel. The additional depth information allows us to reduce the artifacts that arise from ambiguities that occur when an object is a similar color to its background.


Automatic Natural Video Matting with Depth. [pdf]
Oliver Wang, Jonathan Finger, Qingxiong Yang, James Davis, Ruigang Yang.
Pacific Graphics 2008. [bibtex]