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Colour videos with depth: acquisition, processing and evaluation

Christian Richardt

March 2012, 132 pages

This technical report is based on a dissertation submitted November 2011 by the author for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy to the University of Cambridge, Gonville & Caius College.

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The human visual system lets us perceive the world around us in three dimensions by integrating evidence from depth cues into a coherent visual model of the world. The equivalent in computer vision and computer graphics are geometric models, which provide a wealth of information about represented objects, such as depth and surface normals. Videos do not contain this information, but only provide per-pixel colour information. In this dissertation, I hence investigate a combination of videos and geometric models: videos with per-pixel depth (also known as RGBZ videos). I consider the full life cycle of these videos: from their acquisition, via filtering and processing, to stereoscopic display.

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  author =	 {Richardt, Christian},
  title = 	 {{Colour videos with depth: acquisition, processing and
  year = 	 2012,
  month = 	 mar,
  url = 	 {},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-815}