A novel camera path planning algorithm for real-time video stabilization

Research paper by Yun Gu Lee

Indexed on: 18 Dec '19Published on: 27 May '19Published in: EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing


In video stabilization, a steady camera path plan is as important as accurate camera motion prediction. While several camera path planning algorithms have been studied, most algorithms are used for post-processing video stabilization. Since all of the frames are accessible in post-processing video stabilization, a camera path planning method can generate a good camera path, considering the camera movements at all of the frames. Meanwhile, the number of accessible frames in real-time video stabilization is limited. Thus, smooth camera path planning is a challenging issue in real-time video stabilization. For example, a camera path planner does not know in advance the locations of sudden camera motions, so it is not easy to compensate a sudden camera movement. Therefore, this paper proposes a novel camera path planning algorithm for real-time video stabilization. A camera path planning method should fully utilize the given image margin to provide steady camera paths. In contrast, it should retain the certain amount of an unused image margin for use in frames with dynamic or sudden camera movements. To resolve this problem, the proposed algorithm uses two terms related to the steady camera path and the amount of image margin, and it cross-optimizes the two terms to provide a new camera path on-the-fly. Experimental results show that the proposed algorithm provides excellent performance in real-time video stabilization while requiring negligible computation.