Monday, April 20, 2015

Disney Research: Visually Consistent Acoustic Redubbing






This paper introduces a method for automatic redubbing of video that exploits the many-to-many mapping of phoneme sequences to lip movements modelled as dynamic visemes. For a given utterance, the corresponding dynamic viseme sequence is sampled to construct a graph of possible phoneme sequences that synchronize with the video. When composed with a pronunciation dictionary and language model, this produces a vast number of word sequences that are in sync with the original video, literally putting plausible words into the mouth of the speaker. We demonstrate that traditional, many-to-one, static visemes lack flexibility for this application as they produce significantly fewer word sequences. This work explores the natural ambiguity in visual speech and offers insight for automatic speech recognition and the importance of language modeling.' via youtube

Friday, April 10, 2015

John Lounsbery Animation Drawings from Lady and the Tramp

Beautiful set of drawings by John Lounsbery (one of the nine old men) from Disney's Lady and the Tramp. They're up for sale today here: Heritage Auctions