A rain pixel recovery algorithm for videos with highly dynamic scenes

Jie Chen, Lap Pui Chau

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Rain removal is a very useful and important technique in applications such as security surveillance and movie editing. Several rain removal algorithms have been proposed these years, where photometric, chromatic, and probabilistic properties of the rain have been exploited to detect and remove the rainy effect. Current methods generally work well with light rain and relatively static scenes, when dealing with heavier rainfall in dynamic scenes, these methods give very poor visual results. The proposed algorithm is based on motion segmentation of dynamic scene. After applying photometric and chromatic constraints for rain detection, rain removal filters are applied on pixels such that their dynamic property as well as motion occlusion clue are considered; both spatial and temporal informations are then adaptively exploited during rain pixel recovery. Results show that the proposed algorithm has a much better performance for rainy scenes with large motion than existing algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6662475
Pages (from-to)1097-1104
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Image Processing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • adaptive filters
  • dynamic scene
  • motion buffering
  • motion occlusion
  • Motion segmentation
  • rain removal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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