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Acquiring accurate silhouettes has many applications in computer vision. This is usually done through motion detection, or a simple background subtraction under highly controlled environments (i.e. chroma-key backgrounds). Lighting and contrast issues in typical outdoor or office environments make accurate segmentation very difficult in these scenes. In this paper, gradients are used in conjunction with intensity and colour to provide a robust segmentation of motion, after which graph cuts are utilised to refine the segmentation. The results presented using the ETISEO database demonstrate that an improved segmentation is achieved through the combined use of motion detection and graph cuts, particularly in complex scenes.