Computer Graphics
TU Braunschweig

Immersive Free-Viewpoint Panorama Rendering from Omnidirectional Stereo Video

Immersive Free-Viewpoint Panorama Rendering from Omnidirectional Stereo Video

In this paper, we tackle the challenging problem of rendering real-world 360° panorama videos that support full 6 degrees-of-freedom (DoF) head motion from a prerecorded omnidirectional stereo (ODS) video. In contrast to recent approaches that create novel views for individual panorama frames, we introduce a video-specific temporally-consistent multi-sphere image (MSI) scene representation. Given a conventional ODS video, we first extract information by estimating framewise descriptive feature maps. Then, we optimize the global MSI model using theory from recent research on neural radiance fields. Instead of a continuous scene function, this MSI representation depicts color and density information only for a discrete set of concentric spheres. To further improve the temporal consistency of our results, we apply an ancillary refinement step which optimizes the temporal coherency between successive video frames. Direct comparisons to recent baseline approaches show that our global MSI optimization yields superior performance in terms of visual quality. Our code and data will be made publicly available.

Author(s):Moritz Mühlhausen, Moritz Kappel, Marc Kassubeck, Leslie Wöhler, Steve Grogorick, Susana Castillo, Martin Eisemann, Marcus Magnor
Published:April 2023
Journal:Computer Graphics Forum
Project(s): Parallax Panorama Video  Immersive Digital Reality 

  title = {Immersive Free-Viewpoint Panorama Rendering from Omnidirectional Stereo Video},
  author = {M{\"u}hlhausen, Moritz and Kappel, Moritz and Kassubeck, Marc and W{\"o}hler, Leslie and Grogorick, Steve and Castillo, Susana  and Eisemann, Martin and Magnor, Marcus},
  journal = {Computer Graphics Forum},
  doi = {10.1111/cgf.14796},
  month = {Apr},
  year = {2023}