Researchers partner with Adobe to revolutionize visual SFX
Julia Sullivan, ECE ILLINOIS
3/23/2017 3:05:54 PM
Spiderman, Man of Steel, The Matrix, Game of Thrones, and even Boardwalk Empire wouldn't be the same without green-screen technology. Most moviegoers recognize the signature solid green backdrops in pre-production still images and understand that the final product will have fantastic backgrounds, sizeable crowds, or special effects in the green-screen's space. But a new paper by ECE ILLINOIS researchers affiliated with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and co-authors from Adobe may change everything.
As the authors explain in their paper, Deep Image Matting, "Previous algorithms have poor performance when an image has similar foreground and background colors or complicated textures." Their solution is to use new algorithms based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. The result is improved results that can be used in natural settings and lead to lower special effects costs.
But the new methods aren't just for video applications. This research has applications within Adobe's programs like Photoshop to help designers remove the background of images.
These developments have caught media attention and have been shared by techcrunch.