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Carved Visual Hulls for Image-Based Modeling

Authors
  • Furukawa, Yasutaka1
  • Ponce, Jean1, 2
  • 1 University Of Illinois, Department of Computer Science and Beckman Institute, Urbana, IL, 61801, USA , Urbana (United States)
  • 2 Ecole Normale Supérieure, Département d’Informatique, Paris, France , Paris (France)
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Computer Vision
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Mar 29, 2008
Volume
81
Issue
1
Pages
53–67
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11263-008-0134-8
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

This article presents a novel method for acquiring high-quality solid models of complex 3D shapes from multiple calibrated photographs. After the purely geometric constraints associated with the silhouettes found in each image have been used to construct a coarse surface approximation in the form of a visual hull, photoconsistency constraints are enforced in three consecutive steps: (1) the rims where the surface grazes the visual hull are first identified through dynamic programming; (2) with the rims now fixed, the visual hull is carved using graph cuts to globally optimize the photoconsistency of the surface and recover its main features; (3) an iterative (local) refinement step is finally used to recover fine surface details. The proposed approach has been implemented, and experiments with seven real data sets are presented, along with qualitative and quantitative comparisons with several state-of-the-art image-based-modeling algorithms.

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