Image Animation with Perturbed Masks

11/13/2020 ∙ by Yoav Shalev, et al. ∙ 0

We present a novel approach for image-animation of a source image by a driving video, both depicting the same type of object. We do not assume the existence of pose models and our method is able to animate arbitrary objects without knowledge of the object's structure. Furthermore, both the driving video and the source image are only seen during test-time. Our method is based on a shared mask generator, which separates the foreground object from its background, and captures the object's general pose and shape. A mask-refinement module then replaces, in the mask extracted from the driver image, the identity of the driver with the identity of the source. Conditioned on the source image, the transformed mask is then decoded by a multi-scale generator that renders a realistic image, in which the content of the source frame is animated by the pose in the driving video. Due to lack of fully supervised data, we train on the task of reconstructing frames from the same video the source image is taken from. In order to control the source of the identity of the output frame, we employ during training perturbations that remove the unwanted identity information. Our method is shown to greatly outperform the state of the art methods on multiple benchmarks. Our code and samples are available at



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