Comparison of Motion Smoothing Strategies for Video Stabilization using Parametric Models
Javier Sánchez
⚠ This is a preprint. It may change before it is accepted for publication.


This paper is devoted to a rigorous implementation and to an exhaustive comparison of video stabilization techniques. These techniques aim at removing the undesirable effects of camera shake. They first estimate a global transform from frame to frame, which can be a translation, a similarity, an affine map or a homography. This generates a signal that can be smoothed and used to compensate the noisy transform signal. This paper compares all classic smoothing methods and their boundary conditions. It also analyzes two algorithms to crop the video after stabilization. The stabilization results are displayed in a scale space form permitting to extract valuable information about ego-motion such as its frequencies and its general tendencies.