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4 January 2002 User-assisted video segmentation system for visual communication
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Proceedings Volume 4671, Visual Communications and Image Processing 2002; (2002)
Event: Electronic Imaging, 2002, San Jose, California, United States
Video segmentation plays an important role for efficient storage and transmission in visual communication. In this paper, we introduce a novel video segmentation system using point tracking and contour formation techniques. Inspired by the results from the study of the human visual system, we intend to solve the video segmentation problem into three separate phases: user-assisted feature points selection, feature points' automatic tracking, and contour formation. This splitting relieves the computer of ill-posed automatic segmentation problems, and allows a higher level of flexibility of the method. First, the precise feature points can be found using a combination of user assistance and an eigenvalue-based adjustment. Second, the feature points in the remaining frames are obtained using motion estimation and point refinement. At last, contour formation is used to extract the object, and plus a point insertion process to provide the feature points for next frame's tracking.
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Zhengping Wu and Chun Chen "User-assisted video segmentation system for visual communication", Proc. SPIE 4671, Visual Communications and Image Processing 2002, (4 January 2002);

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