One-shot Face Reenactment

Cheng Li (SenseTime Research), Yunxuan Zhang (SenseTime Research), Yue He (SenseTime Research), Siwei Zhang (SenseTime Research), Ziwei Liu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), Chen Change Loy (Nanyang Technological University)

To enable realistic shape (e.g. pose and expression) transfer, existing face reenactment methods rely on a set of target faces for learning subject-specific traits. However, in real-world scenario end-users often only have one target face at hand, rendering existing methods inapplicable. In this work, we bridge this gap by proposing a novel one-shot face reenactment learning framework. Our key insight is that the one-shot learner should be able to disentangle and compose appearance and shape information for effective modeling. Specifically, the target face appearance and the source face shape are first projected into latent spaces with their corresponding encoders. Then these two latent spaces are associated by learning a shared decoder that aggregates multi-level features to produce the final reenactment results. To further improve the synthesizing quality on mustache and hair regions, we additionally propose FusionNet which combines the strengths of our learned decoder and the traditional warping method. Extensive experiments show that our one-shot face reenactment system achieves superior transfer fidelity as well as identity preserving capability than alternatives. More remarkably, our approach trained with only one target image per subject achieves competitive results to those using a set of target images, demonstrating the practical merit of this work.


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title={One-shot Face Reenactment},
author={Cheng Li and Yunxuan Zhang and Yue He and Siwei Zhang and Ziwei Liu and Chen Change Loy},
booktitle={Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC)},
publisher={BMVA Press},
editor={Kirill Sidorov and Yulia Hicks},