Temporal gradient-domain path tracing

Manzi, Marco; Kettunen, Markus; Durand, Frédo; Zwicker, Matthias; Lehtinen, Jaakko (2016). Temporal gradient-domain path tracing. ACM transactions on graphics, 35(6), p. 246. Association for Computing Machinery 10.1145/2980179.2980256

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We present a novel approach to improve temporal coherence in Monte Carlo renderings of animation sequences. Unlike other approaches that exploit temporal coherence in a post-process, our technique does so already during sampling. Building on previous gradient-domain rendering techniques that sample finite differences over the image plane, we introduce temporal finite differences and formulate a corresponding 3D spatio-temporal screened Poisson reconstruction problem that is solved over windowed batches of several frames simultaneously. We further extend our approach to include second order, mixed spatio-temporal differences, an improved technique to compute temporal differences exploiting motion vectors, and adaptive sampling. Our algorithm can be built on a gradient-domain path tracer without large modifications. In particular, we do not require the ability to evaluate animation paths over multiple frames. We demonstrate that our approach effectively reduces temporal flickering in animation sequences, significantly improving the visual quality compared to both path tracing and gradient-domain rendering of individual frames.

Item Type: Journal Article (Original Article)
Division/Institute: 08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF) > Computer Graphics Group (CGG)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)
UniBE Contributor: Manzi, Marco and Zwicker, Matthias
Subjects: 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
500 Science > 510 Mathematics
ISSN: 0730-0301
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
Funders: [4] Swiss National Science Foundation
Language: English
Submitter: Matthias Zwicker
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 11:48
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2017 11:48
Publisher DOI: 10.1145/2980179.2980256
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BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.95082
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/95082

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