Disney Research's DuctTake Software Could Revolutionize Compositing from Different Takes

DuctTake_PaperImage-DisneyCompositing is often a time-consuming process, but software can help do a lot of the work for you, especially tracking. Unfortunately, when a scene is particularly difficult and you're adding in parts from other takes and things are moving, it can be very hard to make things look seamless. That's where Disney's new DuctTake software comes in. They have developed a way to seamlessly composite elements of multiple takes into a single video automatically. See the software in action in the video below.

Thanks to Vashi Nedomansky for sending this my way, here is Disney on the new software they are calling DuctTake:

DuctTake is a system designed to enable practical compositing of multiple takes of a scene into a single video. Current industry solutions are based around object segmentation, a hard problem that requires extensive manual input and cleanup, making compositing an expensive part of the film making process. Our method composites shots together by finding optimal spatiotemporal seams using motion compensated 3D graph cuts through the video volume. We describe in detail the required components, decisions, and new techniques that together make a usable, interactive tool for compositing HD video, paying special attention to running time and performance of each section. We validate our approach by presenting a wide variety of examples and by comparing result quality and creation time to composites made by professional artists using current state-of-the-art tools.

Some of you may already be saying that this is pretty easy to do in post, but this software aims to do it automatically and seamlessly, which is absolutely amazing. Normally you have to do quite a bit of feathering or stabilizing, especially if the shot is not locked down. This certainly won't replace VFX artists, but it should make the process that much faster, allowing them to focus on more important or time-consuming tasks.

I think it might be some time before we actually get to use something this software or something like this, but the developments are pretty amazing, and there is no doubt visual effects is improving all the time.

You can find out more about DuctTake using the links below.


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Just to specify that the guy who found this GREAT info is Steve Oakley :)

May 31, 2013 at 7:11PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

You voted '+1'.

Steve should have sent it to me on the 20th. :)

May 31, 2013 at 7:18PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

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Hahaha great reply Joe :D And thank you as always for the quality and the intelligence of your articles...

May 31, 2013 at 8:07PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I saw an article about this yesterday on FilmmakerIQ I think, but seeing the video here now....that is really impressive. Let's hope Disney or a company with similar software developments makes this available to the masses...the possibilities for these capabilities are endless...

May 31, 2013 at 7:15PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


As a recent graduate who is trying to get into compositing and become a VFX artist, it's great to realize there is yet another program I don't know and need to learn!

All kidding aside, I'm looking forward to what this type of program will do for the industry. We're already working overtime for no pay and getting laid off. Maybe something that makes the job easier or faster will help us out with that? I'm hopeful!

May 31, 2013 at 8:34PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


This is fantastic. Really helpful. Save our roto guys a ton of time!

June 1, 2013 at 12:12AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Less exhausting hand-work is always a good thing.

June 1, 2013 at 1:13AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Imagine some of the creative ideas we might execute now where otherwise we wouldn't attempt them due to the complexity and length it would take to complete in post! This is exciting stuff!

June 1, 2013 at 1:14AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


That's what I call real compositing! I hope this will gain market soon! :)

June 1, 2013 at 3:14AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Thats amazing!

June 1, 2013 at 9:04AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I'm usually not a customer for additional software, but take my month money for it!

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