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Deformable Surface Tracking and Alpha Matting for the Automation of Post-production Workflows

Objective

In today´s era of automation and intelligent systems, a huge amount of video and film post-production work can still only be completed manually by specialized artists. In the case of visual effects (VFX) and 2D/3D conversion, artists spend about 20%-40% of their time doing labour-intensive additive and subtracting retouching.
To address this issue, AutoPost will develop productive end-user solutions for small and medium post-houses, by embedding scientific state-of-the-art solutions for tracking deformable surfaces and natural video matting into the established workflow of visual effects and 2D-to-3D conversion artists. The AutoPost solutions will considerably reduce the workload and will make post-production performance more efficient, both creatively and financially, while still allowing supervision and artistic control of the results by the user.
To ensure a professional adoption, the developed tools will be accessible through a general plugin suite, The AutoPost Plugin Suite, for industry-standard post-production platforms as well as SDKs and functional plugin prototypes. The developments will be accomplished in accordance with the real-world working requirements defined by SME project partners from the creative industries, who will act as stakeholders for other post-houses, end-users and further external partners from their networks.
AutoPost’s tools will allow companies to reduce the weight of the labour cost factor in their competitive profile, aiming to boost the competitiveness of the EU post-houses in every market, especially since infrastructure and labour costs can dictate where in the world films are finally produced.
To fulfil AutoPost’s objectives, a complementary and compact group of engineers, VFX and 2D/3D conversion artists, compositing experts and business-related professionals will work together, specifying, developing and evaluating the tools.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

FUNDACIO EURECAT
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona)
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 294 875

Participants (5)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 315 875
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
MOTO GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 86 800
Address
Brueckenstrasse 1
10179 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
S.A. IMAGES ET CINEMA

Participation ended

Belgium
EU contribution
€ 70 262,50
Address
Rue De L Abbaye 47/11
4432 Alleur
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IMCUBE LABS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 162 050
Address
Einsteinufer 17
10587 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MOVIES BENELUX
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 18 287,50
Address
Rue De L'abbaye 47/11
4432 Ans
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)