NeMI: Unifying Neural Radiance Fields with Multiplane Images for Novel View Synthesis

Jiaxin Li, Zijian Feng, Qi She, Henghui Ding, Changhu Wang, Gim Hee Lee

In this paper, we propose an approach to perform novel view synthesis and depth estimation via dense 3D reconstruction from a single image. Our NeMI unifies Neural radiance fields (NeRF) with Multiplane Images (MPI). Specifically, our NeMI is a general two-dimensional and image-conditioned extension of NeRF, and a continuous depth generalization of MPI. Given a single image as input, our method predicts a 4-channel image (RGB and volume density) at arbitrary depth values to jointly reconstruct the camera frustum and fill in occluded contents. The reconstructed and inpainted frustum can then be easily rendered into novel RGB or depth views using differentiable rendering. Extensive experiments on RealEstate10K, KITTI and Flowers Light Fields show that our NeMI outperforms state-of-the-art by a large margin in novel view synthesis. We also achieve competitive results in depth estimation on iBims-1 and NYU-v2 without annotated depth supervision. Project page available at https://vincentfung13.github.io/projects/nemi/

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