Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
This paper describes and provides an initial solution to a novel video editing task, i.e., video de-fencing. It targets automatic restoration of the video clips that are corrupted by fence-like occlusions during capture. The authors' key observation lies in the visual parallax between fences and background scenes, which is caused by the fact that the former are typically closer to the camera. Unlike in traditional image inpainting, fence-occluded pixels in the videos tend to appear later in the temporal dimension and are therefore recoverable via optimized pixel selection from relevant frames. To eventually produce fence-free videos, major challenges include cross-frame sub-pixel image alignment under diverse scene depth, and "Correct" pixel selection that is robust to dominating fence pixels.