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AUTOPOST

AutoPost

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- OBJECTIVES :

The goal of AutoPost project is to automate major parts of the daily workload in audio-visual post-production, particularly for small and medium post houses and, with it, to make post-production more efficient by reducing time-consuming and costly manual processing.

- APPROACH :

This objective will be achieved by bridging the existing gap between commercially-available post-production tools and state-of-the-art research in the domain of surface tracking and natural matting, alleviating the operator workload associated with additive and subtractive retouching and related tasks on material that lacks planning with respect to post-production requirements. The project aims to develop deformable tracking and natural matting methods for automation of VFX and 2D-to-3D conversion workflows. One of the key requirements is the applicability to general movie productions filmed without specific constraints (markers, availability of 3D-models, individual object layers, green screens, etc.), since they constitute most of the problematic, labour intensive footage encountered in daily post-production tasks of small and medium post-houses. To ensure industry adoption, the tracking and matting algorithms will be integrated into plugins for industry standard tools. These plugins will constitute the “The AutoPost Plugin Suite”, an extensible, ready-to-market multiplatform post-production tool targeting regular 2D VFX post-production, 2D-to-3D conversion and native 3D production applications. Furthermore, AutoPost will follow a user-centered approach. The design and implementation of those plugins will be iteratively specified and evaluated under real working conditions by SME project partners from creative industries, stakeholders of related post-production tools, post-houses and end-users. AutoPost will run from January 1st, 2015 to June 30th, 2016.

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