The Roto Brush

Jue Wang

Adobe Research

Xue Bai

Adobe Research, University of Minnesota

Guillermo Sapiro

University of Minnesota

David Simons

Adobe Research

Dan Wilk

Adobe Research


The Roto Brush is a revolutionary new approach in After Effects CS5 for Isolating moving foreground elements from their backgrounds. It is largely based on the Video SnapCut system, a research prototype that was jointly developed by Adobe and University of Minnesota, and was presented at SIGGRAPH 2009. Roto Brush works much like the Quick Select tool in Photoshop: you draw foreground and background strokes on key frames to make an initial selection, and the system automatically propagates the selection to other frames, which provides a fast workflow for generating masks in video.

Here are some links to learn this feature:


Project Publications

Dynamic Color Flow: A Motion-Adaptive Color Model for Object Segmentation in Video

Bai, X., Wang, J., Sapiro, G. (Feb. 1, 2010)
In Proc. European Conference on Computer Vision

Video SnapCut: Robust Video Object Cutout Using Localized Classifiers

Bai, X., Wang, J., Simons, D., Sapiro, G. (Feb. 1, 2009)
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH), 28(3)