CPNet: Exploiting CLIP-based Attention Condenser and Probability Map Guidance for High-fidelity Talking Face Generation

Jingning Xu, Benlai Tang, Mingjie Wang, Minghao Li, Meirong Ma

Recently, talking face generation has drawn ever-increasing attention from the research community in computer vision due to its arduous challenges and widespread application scenarios, e.g. movie animation and virtual anchor. Although persevering efforts have been undertaken to enhance the fidelity and lip-sync quality of generated talking face videos, there is still large room for further improvements of synthesis quality and efficiency. Actually, these attempts somewhat ignore the explorations of fine-granularity feature extraction/integration and the consistency between probability distributions of landmarks, thereby recurring the issues of local details blurring and degraded fidelity. To mitigate these dilemmas, in this paper, a novel CLIP-based Attention and Probability Map Guided Network (CPNet) is delicately designed for inferring high-fidelity talking face videos. Specifically, considering the demands of fine-grained feature recalibration, a clip-based attention condenser is exploited to transfer knowledge with rich semantic priors from the prevailing CLIP model. Moreover, to guarantee the consistency in probability space and suppress the landmark ambiguity, we creatively propose the density map of facial landmark as auxiliary supervisory signal to guide the landmark distribution learning of generated frame. Extensive experiments on the widely-used benchmark dataset demonstrate the superiority of our CPNet against state of the arts in terms of image and lip-sync quality. In addition, a cohort of studies are also conducted to ablate the impacts of the individual pivotal components.

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