Multiresolution Motion Estimation for Omnidirectional Images
This paper presents a novel local motion estimation algorithm for omnidirectional images. The algorithm captures correlation between two spherical images of a scene, taken from arbitrary viewpoints, with the objective to reduce the encoding rate of these images. It first performs a multiresolution decomposition of the spherical images, in order to improve the consistency of the motion estimation, with a limited computational complexity. Then, it determines pairs of similar solid angles and matches blocks of the two omnidirectional images, directly in the spherical domain. This approach allows a simple motion estimation implementation, that avoids potential discrepancies induced while unfolding omnidirectional images to implement a classical motion estimation on images. The proposed algorithm is shown to provide a quite efficient image prediction, and the prediction error is almost exclusively composed of high frequency noise.