RIFE: Real-Time Intermediate Flow Estimation for Video Frame Interpolation

12 Nov 2020  ·  Zhewei Huang, Tianyuan Zhang, Wen Heng, Boxin Shi, Shuchang Zhou ·

We propose RIFE, a Real-time Intermediate Flow Estimation algorithm for Video Frame Interpolation (VFI). Many recent flow-based VFI methods first estimate the bi-directional optical flows, then scale and reverse them to approximate intermediate flows, leading to artifacts on motion boundaries and complex pipelines. RIFE uses a neural network named IFNet that can directly estimate the intermediate flows from coarse-to-fine with much better speed. We design a privileged distillation scheme for training IFNet, resulting in a large performance improvement. RIFE does not rely on pre-trained optical flow models and can support arbitrary-timestep frame interpolation with the temporal encoding input. Experiments demonstrate that RIFE achieves state-of-the-art performance on several public benchmarks. Compared with the popular SuperSlomo and DAIN methods, RIFE is 4--27 times faster and produces better results. The code is available at https://github.com/hzwer/arXiv2020-RIFE.

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Video Frame Interpolation Vimeo90K RIFE_Large PSNR 36.10 # 3
SSIM 0.9800 # 2