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Water Surface Modeling from a Single Viewpoint Video

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7 Author(s)
Chuan Li ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of Bath, Bath, UK ; Pickup, D. ; Saunders, T. ; Cosker, D.
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We introduce a video-based approach for producing water surface models. Recent advances in this field output high-quality results but require dedicated capturing devices and only work in limited conditions. In contrast, our method achieves a good tradeoff between the visual quality and the production cost: It automatically produces a visually plausible animation using a single viewpoint video as the input. Our approach is based on two discoveries: first, shape from shading (SFS) is adequate to capture the appearance and dynamic behavior of the example water; second, shallow water model can be used to estimate a velocity field that produces complex surface dynamics. We will provide qualitative evaluation of our method and demonstrate its good performance across a wide range of scenes.

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Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 7 )