Learning to Transfer Visual Effects from Videos to Images

Christopher Thomas, Yale Song, Adriana Kovashka

We study the problem of animating images by transferring spatio-temporal visual effects (such as melting) from a collection of videos. We tackle two primary challenges in visual effect transfer: 1) how to capture the effect we wish to distill; and 2) how to ensure that only the effect, rather than content or artistic style, is transferred from the source videos to the input image. To address the first challenge, we evaluate five loss functions; the most promising one encourages the generated animations to have similar optical flow and texture motions as the source videos. To address the second challenge, we only allow our model to move existing image pixels from the previous frame, rather than predicting unconstrained pixel values. This forces any visual effects to occur using the input image's pixels, preventing unwanted artistic style or content from the source video from appearing in the output. We evaluate our method in objective and subjective settings, and show interesting qualitative results which demonstrate objects undergoing atypical transformations, such as making a face melt or a deer bloom.

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