iQIYI Research Paper on Smart Animation Colorization Accepted by Prestigious Technology Conference
Building on iQIYI's proprietary smart colorization engine that will be employed in the Company's original animation series Devour Eternity, the new model proposed in this research paper improves the accuracy and efficiency of automatic animation colorization. iQIYI's newest smart colorization engine reduces manual labor by nearly 30% compared with traditional manual colorization, thereby enabling producers to devote more of their time and energy to creative ideas.
iQIYI's smart colorization engine is an automated animation and cartoon colorization system that helps studios and producers colorize their line art efficiently and at a high quality.
Powered by deep-learning technology, the engine analyzes massive animation production data and generates colorization models of varying styles, including realistic, line drawing, and Kawaii style. When colorizing new works, the AI-powered engine automatically identifies the line arts and colorizes them according to the style selected by the studio. It takes only 0.7 seconds to finish colorizing one whole piece of line art. The engine includes a layered output mode that enables illustrators to refine their coloring to achieve even better results
In animation production, line art colorization is considered as mundane yet time-consuming work that requires a large amount of time to refine.
Although a flourishing animation and comics market means that coloring artists are in high demand, rising labor costs and the low efficiency of manual colorization have emerged as obstacles hindering the expansion of animation production. The static comics colorization tools available today cannot deliver the desired colorization results for animation, which demands style consistency and high requirements for colorization quality and refinement.
The smart colorization engine developed by iQIYI, an industry first, deploys a novel approach to solving this pressing issue within the animation industry. iQIYI's smart colorization engine is expected to help increase the refresh rate of animation work and stimulate the development of
iQIYI is committed to exploring the application of new technology to content production, and use technology to replace work that are simple and repetitive, allowing creators to focus on their ideas and improving the content production process to industrialize content production.
iQIYI has developed a suite of AI-assisted production solutions, such as Xmaking, Ysera, Aichuang Media System, covering all stages in the content production process, including shooting, asset management and post-production. The solution significantly shortens the time needed for variety show production.
iQIYI's smart colorization engine extends the reach of AI technology to the animation industry, and is expected to help drive a rise in production volume while cutting costs and maintaining quality, making the Company a pioneer in industrializing animation and comics content production.