Here’s a talk I recently gave that overviews the field of computer vision and its applications to visual effects in movies and television:
The first 24 minutes are a general introduction to computer vision, why it’s difficult, and what kinds of problems computer vision researchers in academia and industry study. The rest of the talk overviews computer vision problems that are encountered in the design and production of visual effects, with lots of stills and videos from movies and TV. The main categories of problems (Matting, Image Compositing and Editing, Features, Dense Correspondence, Matchmoving, Motion Capture, and 3D Acquisition) parallel the chapters in my book.
Thanks to the RPI Cognitive Science Department for hosting and recording the talk.