A mixed-initiative interface for animating static pictures

Nora S. Willett, Rubaiat Habib Kazi, Michael Chen, George Fitzmaurice, Adam Finkelstein, Tovi Grossman

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Abstract

We present an interactive tool to animate the visual elements of a static picture, based on simple sketch-based markup. While animated images enhance websites, infographics, logos, e-books, and social media, creating such animations from still pictures is difficult for novices and tedious for experts. Creating automatic tools is challenging due to ambiguities in object segmentation, relative depth ordering, and non-existent temporal information. With a few user drawn scribbles as input, our mixed initiative creative interface extracts repetitive texture elements in an image, and supports animating them. Our system also facilitates the creation of multiple layers to enhance depth cues in the animation. Finally, after analyzing the artwork during segmentation, several animation processes automatically generate kinetic textures [27] that are spatio-temporally coherent with the source image. Our results, as well as feedback from our user evaluation, suggest that our system effectively allows illustrators and animators to add life to still images in a broad range of visual styles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUIST 2018 - Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages649-661
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359481
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 11 2018
Event31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2018 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: Oct 14 2018Oct 17 2018

Publication series

NameUIST 2018 - Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

Other

Other31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2018
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period10/14/1810/17/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

Keywords

  • Animation
  • Dynamics
  • Kinetic textures
  • Pictures

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    Willett, N. S., Kazi, R. H., Chen, M., Fitzmaurice, G., Finkelstein, A., & Grossman, T. (2018). A mixed-initiative interface for animating static pictures. In UIST 2018 - Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (pp. 649-661). (UIST 2018 - Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3242587.3242612