Amazing Colorization

In a perfect example of very bad blog etiquette, I can’t remember where I saw this link, but it’s very cool:

Colorization Using Optimization

This paper presents a technique for automated colorization of images and also videos. All the user has to do is add simple strokes of colour indicating rough desired colorization of an area and the algorithm colours the image intelligently. The video shown has incredible colouring added from black-and-white and the colour hinting was only performed on roughly 1 in 10 frames.

The sample pictures explain it best, look through them and see if you’re not impressed!

Matlab source for the algorithm is available for download from that site.