Fast Video Object Segmentation using the Global Context Module

01/30/2020 ∙ by Yu Li, et al. ∙ 11

We developed a real-time, high-quality video object segmentation algorithm for semi-supervised video segmentation. Its performance is on par with the most accurate, time-consuming online-learning model, while its speed is similar to the fastest template-matching method which has sub-optimal accuracy. The core in achieving this is a novel global context module that reliably summarizes and propagates information through the entire video. Compared to previous approaches that only use the first, the last, or a select few frames to guide the segmentation of the current frame, the global context module allows us to use all past frames to guide the processing. Unlike the state-of-the-art space-time memory network that caches a memory at each spatiotemporal position, our global context module is a fixed-size representation that does not use more memory as more frames are processed. It is straightforward in implementation and has lower memory and computational costs than the space-time memory module. Equipped with the global context module, our method achieved top accuracy on DAVIS 2016 and near-state-of-the-art results on DAVIS 2017 at a real-time speed.

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