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LASR: Learning Articulated Shape Reconstruction From a Monocular Video
Remarkable progress has been made in 3D reconstruction of rigid structures from a video or a collection of images. However, it is still challenging to reconstruct nonrigid structures from RGB inputs, due to the under-constrained nature of this problem. While template-based approaches, such as parametric shape models, have achieved great success in terms of modeling the "closed world" of known object categories, their ability to handle the "open-world" of novel object categories and outlier shapes is still limited. In this work, we introduce a template-free approach for 3D shape learning from a single video. It adopts an analysis-by-synthesis strategy that forward-renders object silhouette, optical flow, and pixels intensities to compare against video observations, which generates gradients signals to adjust the camera, shape and motion parameters. Without relying on a category-specific shape template, our method faithfully reconstructs nonrigid 3D structures from videos of human, animals, and objects of unknown classes in the wild.