Hi guys! It's been a while, hope you've got some masterpieces in the making I kind of don't feel like making AMVs anymore however my brain still feels bad after doing all that masking for my projects so I figured out I could try making a nice tool for that as my Engineering Thesis. I have signed up to develop a tool which would do masking automatically after you've given it a sample mask in the scene or marked an area which you would like to mask. Pretty much like rotobrush in After Effects but I have an ambition to actually make it work well in most cases, including animations In order for these algorithms to have any chance to work I need a hella big dataset of masked scenes and, as seems logical, I am incapable of producing it on my own. So here goes my request: if you happened to do some masking for your video and wished to help me out, I would be most grateful if you provided me with your masked scene and your name and surname so that I could mention you in my thesis. The data would be used for that purpose exclusively and wouldn't be shared with absolutely anyone. If you wished to help me out with my project here are some options on how you can do it: 1) Most conviniently would be providing me with the scene before masking and a scene after masking in a format in which the masked area would be entirely white and the background entirely black. Here is an example: Preferred format is providing me with 2 files or folders: 1) With original scene in lossless AVI or PNG/JPG sequence 2) Masked scene in lossless AVI or PNG/JPG sequence The above option however requires some work from you so I basically accept any format which would make it possible for me to get the result mentioned above on my own in a faster way than masking it out myself, which includes: 2. A project (Vegas or After Effects) with masking done and the source scene. 3. A rendered result mentioned in 1) but with greenscreen/bluescreen/whatever makes it possibly for me to key the color out and information about the source (series, episodes, things like that). Or, well, whatever makes it possible for me to analyse the source material and create a black-and-white result. The source doesn't really matter: whether it's animation, live action footage, whatever masked. Email address: email@example.com. Please provide me with any possible way to download what you want to share with me. I know this is not the tiniest thing to ask and I am in my very initial phase of planning my work but since I know it might be hard to get the amount of data needed, I have to start early. My thesis should be finished by January 2018. If the machine learning and automatic masking doesn't work out how I want it to, I'm going to at least develop the most convinient masking tool there is Feel free to ask any questions or doubts. Or maybe you know about a similar tool that already exists? I'm only aware of rotobrush and I've been out of hobby for a couple of years ^^' Thank you for taking your time to read this and I well, if you wish to help me out, I will be moooooost grateful. Whoa, what an essay! PROGRESS UPDATE: Hi! October is here! I'm still collecting and generating data myself since it's the most important part of the project. I need to have my thesis written by mid December. By then I want to have a model with noticeable results and a web interface so that you could make it running like this. After that I plan on developing the tool as my own project to make it usable for end-users (you <3) and, of course, imporve the model if I manage to get ANY reasonable result during my work for thesis. So basically, keep them coming!