Layered representation of a video shot with mosaicing

Francesca Odone, Andrea Fusiello, Emanuele Trucco

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This paper presents a motion segmentation method useful for representing efficiently a video shot as a static mosaic of the background plus sequences of the objects moving in the foreground. This generates an MPEG-4 compliant, layered representation useful for video coding, editing and indexing. First, a mosaic of the static background is computed by estimating the dominant motion of the scene. This is achieved by tracking features over the video sequence and using a robust technique that discards features attached to the moving objects. The moving objects get removed in the final mosaic by computing the median of the grey levels. Then, segmentation is obtained by taking the pixelwise difference between each frame of the original sequence and the mosaic of the background. To discriminate between the moving object and noise, temporal coherence is exploited by tracking the object in the binarised difference image sequence. The automatic computation of the mosaic and the segmentation procedure are illustrated with real sequences experiments. Examples of coding and content-based manipulation are also shown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-305
Number of pages10
JournalPattern Analysis and Applications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Content-based representation
  • Mosaicing
  • Motion segmentation
  • MPEG-4
  • Video coding
  • Video sequence analysis


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