Video-to-Video Synthesis

Ting-Chun Wang1   Ming-Yu Liu1   Jun-Yan Zhu2   Guilin Liu1   Andrew Tao1   Jan Kautz1   Bryan Catanzaro1

1NVIDIA Corporation      2MIT

[Paper] [arXiv] [Video] [Code]


We study the problem of video-to-video synthesis, whose goal is to learn a mapping function from an input source video (e.g., a sequence of semantic segmentation masks) to an output photorealistic video that precisely depicts the content of the source video. While its image counterpart, the image-to-image synthesis problem, is a popular topic, the video-to-video synthesis problem is less explored in the literature. Without understanding temporal dynamics, directly applying existing image synthesis approaches to an input video often results in temporally incoherent videos of low visual quality. In this paper, we propose a novel video-to-video synthesis approach under the generative adversarial learning framework. Through carefully-designed generator and discriminator architectures, coupled with a spatial-temporal adversarial objective, we achieve high-resolution, photorealistic, temporally coherent video results on a diverse set of input formats including segmentation masks, sketches, and poses. Experiments on multiple benchmarks show the advantage of our method compared to strong baselines. In particular, our model is capable of synthesizing 2K resolution videos of street scenes up to 30 seconds long, which significantly advances the state-of-the-art of video synthesis. Finally, we apply our approach to future video prediction, outperforming several state-of-the-art competing systems.

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arXiv, 2018.


Ting-Chun Wang, Ming-Yu Liu, Jun-Yan Zhu, Guilin Liu, Andrew Tao, Jan Kautz, and Bryan Catanzaro. "Video-to-Video Synthesis", in NIPS, 2018. Bibtex

Code: Pytorch

Our Example Results


Semantic Labels → Cityscapes Street Views


Edge → Face


Pose → Body


We thank Karan Sapra, Fitsum Reda, and Matthieu Le for generating the segmentation maps for us. We also thank Lisa Rhee and Miss Ketsuki for allowing us to use her dance videos for training. We thank William S. Peebles for proofreading the paper.


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  title={Video-to-Video Synthesis},
  author={Ting-Chun Wang and Ming-Yu Liu and Jun-Yan Zhu and Guilin Liu and Andrew Tao and Jan Kautz and Bryan Catanzaro},
  booktitle={Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS)},