Scribbling to color: a great way to colorize black and white photography and video

A recently released paper demonstrates a stunning technique: color from black and white with a few scribbles!

This is really nifty stuff and makes me wonder how long it will take before:
# This shows up in a Gimp plugin
# Ted Turner gets his hands on this and start releasing new colorized movies
# Someone makes an all-color version of Young Frankenstein and releases it (or at least some clips) on the ‘Net
# The site gets noticed and the person behind the site realizes that PNGs would have been a much better choice than BMPs to post on their website — JPEGs at a high enough quality setting should have also been acceptable

I can see additional uses for this sort of technique too: Intelligent masking and an improved selection wand are two things (pertaining to image editing) which immediately come to mind.

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2 Responses to “Scribbling to color: a great way to colorize black and white photography and video”

  1. Your answer to #1 –
    http://zinx.xmms.org/colorize/ – very rough around the edges, needs a maintainer who can commit more time to it than me.
    It doesn’t handle video, but everything else is done. It works a bit different from the matlab code – draw on a transparent layer (or enable white mask and marked includes original, for the matlab code’s behavior)

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