07907793 is referenced by 20 patents and cites 171 patents.

Motion picture scenes to be colorized/depth enhanced (2D→3D) are broken into separate elements, backgrounds/sets or motion/onscreen-action. Background and motion elements are combined separately into single frame representations of multiple frames which becomes a visual reference database that includes data for all frame offsets used later for the computer controlled application of masks within a sequence of frames. Each pixel address within the database corresponds to a mask/lookup table address within the digital frame and X, Y, Z location of subsequent frames. Masks are applied to subsequent frames of motion objects based on various differentiating image processing methods, including automated mask fitting of all masks or single masks in an entire frame, bezier and polygon tracing of selected regions with edge detected shaping and operator directed detection of subsequent regions. Colors and/or depths are automatically applied to masks throughout a scene from the composite background and to motion objects.

Title
Image sequence depth enhancement system and method
Application Number
12/542498
Publication Number
7907793 (B1)
Application Date
August 17, 2009
Publication Date
March 15, 2011
Inventor
Barry Sandrew
Encinitas
CA, US
Agent
Joseph J Mayo
ARC IP Law PC
Assignee
Legend Films
CA, US
IPC
G06K 9/36
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