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A Standard-Compliant Virtual Meeting System with Active Video Object Tracking

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This paper presents an H.323 standard compliant virtual video conferencing system. The proposed system not only serves as a multipoint control unit (MCU) for multipoint connection but also provides a gateway function between the H.323 LAN (local-area network) and the H.324 WAN (wide-area network) users. The proposed virtual video conferencing system provides user-friendly object compositing and manipulation features including 2D video object scaling, repositioning, rotation, and dynamic bit-allocation in a 3D virtual environment. A reliable, and accurate scheme based on background image mosaics is proposed for real-time extracting and tracking foreground video objects from the video captured with an active camera. Chroma-key insertion is used to facilitate video objects extraction and manipulation. We have implemented a prototype of the virtual conference system with an integrated graphical user interface to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed methods.

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Correspondence to Chia-Wen Lin.

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Lin, C., Chang, Y., Wang, C. et al. A Standard-Compliant Virtual Meeting System with Active Video Object Tracking. EURASIP J. Adv. Signal Process. 2002, 756942 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1155/S1110865702204059

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Keywords

  • video conference
  • virtual meeting
  • immersive video conference
  • networked multimedia
  • multipoint control unit
  • MCU
  • multimedia over IP
  • object segmentation
  • object tracking