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Approximate svBRDF Estimation From Mobile Phone Video

In Proceedings of EGSR 2018, vol. 37 (2018), pp. 12


We demonstrate a new technique for obtaining a spatially varying BRDF (svBRDF) of a flat object using printed fiducial markers and a cell phone capable of continuous flash video. Our homography-based video frame alignment method does not require the fiducial markers to be visible in every frame, thereby enabling us to capture larger areas at a closer distance and higher resolution than in previous work. Pixels in the resulting panorama are fit with a BRDF based on a recursive subdivision algorithm, utilizing all the light and view positions obtained from the video. We show the versatility of our method by capturing a variety of materials with both one and two camera input streams and rendering our results on 3D objects under complex illumination.

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