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

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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.

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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)