A Robust and Efficient Framework for Sports-Field Registration

Xiaohan Nie, Shixing Chen, Raffay Hamid; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2021, pp. 1936-1944


We propose a novel framework to register sports-fields as they appear in broadcast sports videos. Unlike previous approaches, we particularly address the challenge of field-registration when: (a) there are not enough distinguishable features on the field, and (b) no prior knowledge is available about the camera. To this end, we detect a grid of keypoints distributed uniformly on the entire field instead of using only sparse local corners and line intersections, thereby extending the keypoint coverage to the texture-less parts of the field as well. To further improve keypoint based homography estimate, we differentialbly warp and align it with a set of dense field-features defined as normalized distance-map of pixels to their nearest lines and key-regions. We predict the keypoints and dense field-features simultaneously using a multi-task deep network to achieve computational efficiency. To have a comprehensive evaluation, we have compiled a new dataset called SportsFields which is collected from 192 video-clips from 5 different sports covering large environmental and camera variations. We empirically demonstrate that our algorithm not only achieves state of the art field-registration accuracy but also runs in real-time for HD resolution videos using commodity hardware.

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@InProceedings{Nie_2021_WACV, author = {Nie, Xiaohan and Chen, Shixing and Hamid, Raffay}, title = {A Robust and Efficient Framework for Sports-Field Registration}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)}, month = {January}, year = {2021}, pages = {1936-1944} }