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Sprite generation and coding in multiview image sequences

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3 Author(s)
Grammalidis, N. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of Thessaloniki, Greece ; Beletsiotis, D. ; Strintzis, M.G.

A novel algorithm for the generation of background sprite images from multiview image sequences is presented. A dynamic programming algorithm, first proposed by Grammalidis and Strintzis (see IEEE Trans. Circuits Syst. Video Technol., vol.8, p.328-44, 1998) using a multiview matching cost, as well as pure geometrical constraints, is used to provide an estimate of the disparity field and to identify occluded areas. By combining motion, disparity, and occlusion information, a sprite image corresponding to the first (main) view at the first time instant is generated. Image pixels from other views that are occluded in the main view are also added to the sprite. Finally, the sprite coding method defined by MPEG-4 is extended for multiview image sequences based on the generated sprite. Experimental results are presented, demonstrating the performance of the proposed technique and comparing it with standard MPEG-4 coding methods applied independently to each view

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Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 2 )