How to remove shadow from frames extracted with foreground detector?

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Avinash S
Avinash S on 5 Feb 2016
Commented: Avinash S on 7 Feb 2016
Im working on tracking the human silhouette with input from webcam. I have used vision.foregroundDetector to get the foreground masks. But they detect the shadows too. How to eliminate them? Code:
foregroundDetector = vision.ForegroundDetector('NumGaussians',3,'NumTrainingFrames',10,
'LearningRate',0.000001);
vid = videoinput('winvideo', 1); %select input device
i=1;
while(1)
%frame = step(vid); % read the next video frame
frame = getsnapshot(vid);
foreground = step(foregroundDetector, frame);
se = strel('square', 3);
filteredForeground = imopen(foreground, se);
fname = sprintf('frames/frame%d.jpg',i);
imwrite(filteredForeground,fname,'jpg');
i = i+1;
end
Output Frame:

Accepted Answer

Dima Lisin
Dima Lisin on 6 Feb 2016
One thing to try is to convert the video frame to a color space like HSV or YCbCr, and then only feed the chroma channels into the foreground detector. This is going to eliminate most shadows. However, it may also eliminate legitimate objects which do not have a lot of saturated colors.

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