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Issue No. 03 - May/June (2010 vol. 16)
ISSN: 1077-2626
pp: 407-418
Yebin Liu , Tsinghua University, Beijing
Qionghai Dai , Tsinghua University, Beijing
Wenli Xu , Tsinghua University, Beijing
This paper presents a robust multiview stereo (MVS) algorithm for free-viewpoint video. Our MVS scheme is totally point-cloud-based and consists of three stages: point cloud extraction, merging, and meshing. To guarantee reconstruction accuracy, point clouds are first extracted according to a stereo matching metric which is robust to noise, occlusion, and lack of texture. Visual hull information, frontier points, and implicit points are then detected and fused with point fidelity information in the merging and meshing steps. All aspects of our method are designed to counteract potential challenges in MVS data sets for accurate and complete model reconstruction. Experimental results demonstrate that our technique produces the most competitive performance among current algorithms under sparse viewpoint setups according to both static and motion MVS data sets.
Multiview stereo, MVS, free-viewpoint video, point cloud.

W. Xu, Y. Liu and Q. Dai, "A Point-Cloud-Based Multiview Stereo Algorithm for Free-Viewpoint Video," in IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics, vol. 16, no. , pp. 407-418, 2009.
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