### Image stitching

Digital Visual Effects
*Yung-Yu Chuang*

*with slides by Richard Szeliski, Steve Seitz, Matthew Brown and Vaclav Hlavac*

**Image stitching**

• Stitching = alignment + blending

geometrical registration

photometric registration

**Applications of image stitching**

• Video stabilization

• Video summarization

• Video compression

• Video matting

• Panorama creation

**Video summarization**

**Video compression** **Object removal**

input video

**Object removal**

background estimation

**Panorama creation**

**Why panorama?**

• Are you getting the whole picture?

– Compact Camera FOV = 50 x 35˚

**Why panorama?**

• Are you getting the whole picture?

– Compact Camera FOV = 50 x 35˚

– Human FOV = 200 x 135˚

**Why panorama?**

• Are you getting the whole picture?

– Compact Camera FOV = 50 x 35˚

– Human FOV = 200 x 135˚

– Panoramic Mosaic = 360 x 180˚

**Panorama examples**

• Similar to HDR, it is a topic of computational photography, seeking ways to build a better camera using either hardware or software.

• Most consumer cameras have a panorama mode

• Mars:

http://www.panoramas.dk/fullscreen3/f2_mars97.html

• Earth:

http://www.panoramas.dk/new-year-2006/taipei.html http://www.360cities.net/

http://maps.google.com.tw/

**What can be globally aligned?**

• In image stitching, we seek for a matrix to globally warp one image into another. Are any two images of the same scene can be aligned this way?

– Images captured with the same center of projection

– A planar scene or far-away scene

**A pencil of rays contains all views**

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camera synthetic

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Can generate any synthetic camera view

**as long as it has the same center of projection!**

**Mosaic as an image reprojection**

mosaic projection plane

• The images are reprojected onto a common plane

• The mosaic is formed on this plane

*• Mosaic is a synthetic wide-angle camera*

**Changing camera center**

• Does it still work? synthetic PP PP1

PP2

**What cannot **

• The scene with depth variations and the camera has movement

**Planar scene (or a faraway one)**

• PP3 is a projection plane of both centers of projection, so we are OK!

• This is how big aerial photographs are made

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**Motion models**

• Parametric models as the assumptions on the relation between two images.

**2D Motion models**

**Motion models**

**Translation**

**2 unknowns**

**Affine**

**6 unknowns**

**Perspective**

**8 unknowns**

**3D rotation**

**3 unknowns**

**A case study: cylindrical panorama**

• What if you want a 360 field of view?

mosaic projection cylinder

**Cylindrical panoramas**

• Steps

– Reproject each image onto a cylinder – Blend

– Output the resulting mosaic

**applet**

• http://graphics.stanford.edu/courses/cs178/ap plets/projection.html

**Cylindrical panorama**

1. Take pictures on a tripod (or handheld) 2. Warp to cylindrical coordinate

3. Compute pairwise alignments 4. Fix up the end-to-end alignment 5. Blending

6. Crop the result and import into a viewer

It is required to do radial distortion correction for better stitching results!

**Taking pictures**

Kaidan panoramic tripod head

**Translation model** **Where should the synthetic camera be**

• The projection plane of some camera

• Onto a cylinder

real

camera synthetic

camera

**Cylindrical projection**

Adopted from http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/image-projections.htm

**Cylindrical projection**

**Cylindrical projection**

Adopted from http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/image-projections.htm

**Cylindrical projection**

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**Cylindrical reprojection**

**f = 380**
**f = 280**

**Image 384x300**

top-down view Focal length – the dirty secret…

**A simple method for estimating f**

Or, you can use other software, such as AutoStich, to help.

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**Input images** **Cylindrical warping**

**Blending**

• Why blending: parallax, lens distortion, scene motion, exposure difference

**Blending**

**Blending** **Blending**

**Gradient-domain stitching** **Gradient-domain stitching**

**Assembling the panorama**

• Stitch pairs together, blend, then crop

**Problem: Drift**

• Error accumulation

– small errors accumulate over time

**Problem: Drift**

• Solution

– add another copy of first image at the end – there are a bunch of ways to solve this problem

• add displacement of (y_{1}–y_{n})/(n -1) to each image after
the first

• compute a global warp: y’ = y + ax

• run a big optimization problem, incorporating this constraint

– best solution, but more complicated – known as “bundle adjustment”

(x_{1},y_{1})

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**End-to-end alignment and crop**

**Rectangling panoramas**

**video**

**Rectangling panoramas**

**Rectangling panoramas** **Viewer: panorama**

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example: http://www.cs.washington.edu/education/courses/cse590ss/01wi/projects/project1/students/dougz/index.html

**Viewer: texture mapped model**

example: http://www.panoramas.dk/

**365-GB panorama (biggest on the earth)**

**Mont Blanc / Canon 70D / 70,000 images / **
**2-week shooting / 2-month processing **

**video** **web**
**London**

**Cylindrical panorama**

1. Take pictures on a tripod (or handheld) 2. Warp to cylindrical coordinate

3. Compute pairwise alignments 4. Fix up the end-to-end alignment 5. Blending

6. Crop the result and import into a viewer

**Determine pairwise alignment?**

• Feature-based methods: only use feature points to estimate parameters

• We will study the “Recognising panorama”

paper published in ICCV 2003

• Run SIFT (or other feature algorithms) for each image, find feature matches.

**Determine pairwise alignment**

• p’=Mp, where M is a transformation matrix, p and p’ are feature matches

• It is possible to use more complicated models such as affine or perspective

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• RANSAC = Random Sample Consensus

• An algorithm for robust fitting of models in the presence of many data outliers

• Compare to robust statistics

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*Run k times:*

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its distance to the fitted model, count the
*number of inlier points, c*

*Output with the largest c*

How many times?

How big?

Smaller is better

How to define?

Depends on the problem.

**How to determine k**

*p: probability of real inliers*

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**Example: line fitting** **Example: line fitting**

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**Model fitting** **Measure distances**

**Count inliers**

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**The best model**

*c=15*

**RANSAC for Homography**

**RANSAC for Homography** **RANSAC for Homography**

**Tools for image stitching**

• Hugin

• Image Composite Editor

• AutoStitch

• Google photo

• …

**Applications of panorama in VFX**

• Background plates

• Image-based lighting

**Troy (image-based lighting)**

http://www.cgnetworks.com/story_custom.php?story_id=2195&page=4

**Spiderman 2 (background plate)**

**Reference**

• Richard Szeliski, Image Alignment and Stitching: A Tutorial,
*Foundations and Trends in Computer Graphics and Computer *
*Vision, 2(1):1-104, December 2006. *

• R. Szeliski and H.-Y. Shum. Creating full view panoramic image mosaics and texture-mapped models, SIGGRAPH 1997, pp251-258.

• M. Brown, D. G. Lowe, Recognising Panoramas, ICCV 2003.