Image Animation with Perturbed Masks

Yoav Shalev, Lior Wolf

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We present a novel approach for image-animation of a source image by a driving video, both depicting the same type of object. We do not assume the existence of pose models and our method is able to animate arbitrary objects without the knowledge of the object's structure. Furthermore, both, the driving video and the source image are only seen during test-time. Our method is based on a shared mask generator, which separates the foreground object from its background, and captures the object's general pose and shape. To control the source of the identity of the output frame, we employ perturbations to interrupt the unwanted identity information on the driver's mask. A mask-refinement module then replaces the identity of the driver with the identity of the source. Conditioned on the source image, the transformed mask is then decoded by a multi-scale generator that renders a realistic image, in which the content of the source frame is animated by the pose in the driving video. Due to the lack of fully supervised data, we train on the task of reconstructing frames from the same video the source image is taken from. Our method is shown to greatly outperform the state-of-the-art methods on multiple benchmarks. Our code and samples are available at

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2022 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2022
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781665469463
StatePublished - 2022
Event2022 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2022 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: 19 Jun 202224 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
ISSN (Print)1063-6919


Conference2022 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans


FundersFunder number
Horizon 2020 Framework Programme
European Research Council
Horizon 2020725974


    • Image and video synthesis and generation
    • Pose estimation and tracking
    • Vision applications and systems


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