Turning people into puppets

By | August 22, 2011

One person's expressions (top row) are mapped to another person's face (bottom row) by real-time matching to an image database. In this case, the input is a video of Cameron Diaz, and the database is formed from a video (John Malkovich, bottom-left 4 images) or an unstructured set of photographs downloaded from the Internet (George W. Bush, bottom-right 4 images).

Given a photo of person A, we seek a photo of person B with similar pose and expression. Solving this problem enables a form of puppetry, in which one person appears to control the face of another. When deployed on a webcam-equipped computer, our approach enables a user to control another person's face in real-time. This image-retrieval inspired approach employs a fully-automated pipeline of face analysis techniques, and is extremely general–we can puppet anyone directly from their photo collection or videos in which they appear. We show several examples using images and videos of celebrities from the Internet.


via Being John Malkovich – ECCV 2010 on Vimeo.

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