Should We Encode Rain Streaks in Video as Deterministic or Stochastic?

Wei Wei, Lixuan Yi, Qi Xie, Qian Zhao, Deyu Meng, Zongben Xu; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017, pp. 2516-2525


Videos taken in the wild sometimes contain unexpected rain streaks, which brings difficulty in subsequent video processing tasks. Rain streak removal in a video (RSRV) is thus an important issue and has been attracting much attention in computer vision. Different from previous RSRV methods formulating rain streaks as a deterministic message, this work first encodes the rains in a stochastic manner, i.e., a patch-based mixture of Gaussians. Such modification makes the proposed model capable of finely adapting a wider range of rain variations instead of certain types of rain configurations as traditional. By integrating with the spatiotemporal smoothness configuration of moving objects and low-rank structure of background scene, we propose a concise model for RSRV, containing one likelihood term imposed on the rain streak layer and two prior terms on the moving object and background scene layers of the video. Experiments implemented on videos with synthetic and real rains verify the superiority of the proposed method, as com- pared with the state-of-the-art methods, both visually and quantitatively in various performance metrics.

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author = {Wei, Wei and Yi, Lixuan and Xie, Qi and Zhao, Qian and Meng, Deyu and Xu, Zongben},
title = {Should We Encode Rain Streaks in Video as Deterministic or Stochastic?},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {Oct},
year = {2017}