Wei-Chen Chiu and Mario Fritz
Video data provides a rich source of information that is available to us today in large quantities e.g. from online resources. Tasks like segmentation benefit greatly from the analysis of spatio-temporal motion patterns in videos and recent advances in video segmentation has shown great progress in exploiting these addition cues. However, observing a single video is often not enough to predict meaningful segmentations and inference across videos becomes necessary in order to predict segmentations that are consistent with objects classes. Therefore the task of video co-segmentation is being proposed, that aims at inferring segmentation from multiple videos. But current approaches are limited to only considering binary foreground/background segmentation and multiple videos of the same object. This is a clear mismatch to the challenges that we are facing with videos from online resources or consumer videos.
We propose to study multi-class video co-segmentation where the number of object classes is unknown as well as the number of instances in each frame and video. We achieve this by formulating a non-parametric bayesian model across videos sequences that is based on a new videos segmentation prior as well as a global appearance model that links segments of the same class. We present the first multi-class video co-segmentation evaluation. We show that our method is applicable to real video data from online resources and outperforms state-of-the-art video segmentation and image co-segmentation baselines.
Figure 2. New Multi-Object Video Co-Segmentation (MOViCS) challenge on consumer videos collected from Youtube. The dataset has 4 different video sets including 11 videos with 514 frames in total. 5 frames per video are equidistantly sampled to provide ground truth annotations.
 Multi-Class Video Co-Segmentation with a Generative Multi-Video Model, Wei-Chen Chiu and Mario Fritz, IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), (2013)