Robust camera calibration for sport videos using court models

D.S. Farin, S. Krabbe, P.H.N. With, de, W.W.J. Effelsberg

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We propose an automatic camera calibration algorithm for court sports. The obtained camera calibration parameters are required for applications that need to convert positions in the video frame to real-world coordinates or vice versa. Our algorithm uses a model of the arrangement of court lines for calibration. Since the court model can be specified by the user, the algorithm can be applied to a variety of different sports. The algorithm starts with a model initialization step which locates the court in the image without any user assistance or a-priori knowledge about the most probable position. Image pixels are classified as court line pixels if they pass several tests including color and local texture constraints. A Hough transform is applied to extract line elements, forming a set of court line candidates. The subsequent combinatorial search establishes correspondences between lines in the input image and lines from the court model. For the succeeding input frames, an abbreviated calibration algorithm is used, which predicts the camera parameters for the new image and optimizes the parameters using a gradient-descent algorithm. We have conducted experiments on a variety of sport videos (tennis, volleyball, and goal area sequences of soccer games). Video scenes with considerable difficulties were selected to test the robustness of the algorithm. Results show that the algorithm is very robust to occlusions, partial court views, bad lighting conditions, or shadows.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStorage and Retrieval Methods and Applications for Multimedia, San Jose (CA)
EditorsMinerva M. Yeung, Rainer W. Lienhart, Chung-Sheng Li
Place of PublicationBellingham
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE


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