GPU-Based Background Illumination Correction for Blue Screen Matting

Nicolas Ley, Christian Weigel, M. Mehnert
Institute for Media Technology, Technische Universitat Ilmenau, Postfach 10 05 65, 98684 Ilmenau, Germany
IEEE International Symposium on Consumer Electronics, 2007. ISCE 2007


   title={GPU-Based Background Illumination Correction for Blue Screen Matting},

   author={Ley, N. and Weigel, C. and Mehnert, M.},

   booktitle={Consumer Electronics, 2007. ISCE 2007. IEEE International Symposium on},




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Separation of foreground objects from an almost constant backing color for video applications is still a common problem ([1]). For non-realtime situations there is a wide variety of different powerful mathematical approaches that can deal with most of the matting problems. For SD/HD studio realtime keyers most solutions are not applicable due to their algorithm complexity or high effort in user interaction. Excellent hardware keyers, such as Ultimattetrade work on most occasions, but even under controlled lighting in a blue-/greenscreen matting problems may occur, or creativity is limited by necessary lighting conditions. As a preprocessing algorithm for traditional chroma keying systems, we present a simple background illumination correction based approach for avoiding matting problems due to uneven or poor lit blue-/greenscreens. Using the computational power of GPU computing (GPGPU [2]) the presented algorithm is realtime capable and offers an improvement for achievable mattes quality.
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