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Pytorch implementation of paper "RANSAC-Flow: generic two-stage image alignment" (ECCV 2020)

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If our project is helpful for your research, please consider citing :

          title={RANSAC-Flow: generic two-stage image alignment},
          author={Shen, Xi and Darmon, Fran{\c{c}}ois and Efros, Alexei A and Aubry, Mathieu},
          booktitle={16th European Conference on Computer Vision}

Since some functions have different behaviors in different Pytorch version, we recommand to install EXACT version indicated in the Dependencies if you want to reproduce our results in the paper. For more details, please refer to this issue.

Table of Content

1. Visual Results

1.1. Aligning Artworks (More results can be found in our project page)

Input Our Fine Alignment
Animation Avg Animation Avg
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1.2. 3D recontruction (More results can be found in our project page)

Source Target 3D Reconstruction
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1.3. Texture transfer

Source Target Texture Transfer
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Other results (such as: aligning duplicated artworks, optical flow, localization etc.) can be seen in our paper.

2. Installation

2.0 Docker (If you use this, you can skip 2.1~ procedure)

install docker compose v2 from here

docker compose build
docker compose run app bash

You can run 3. Quick Start part by running below command inside the docker.

cd quick_start

Then open "localhost:8888" in your host browser.

2.1. Dependencies

Our model can be learnt in a single GPU GeForce GTX 1080Ti (12G).

Install Pytorch adapted to your CUDA version :

Other dependencies (tqdm, visdom, pandas, kornia, opencv-python) :


2.2. Pre-trained models

Quick download :

cd model/pretrained

For more details of the pre-trained models, see here

2.3. Datasets

Download the results of ArtMiner :

cd data/
bash # Brueghel detail dataset (208M) : visual results, aligning groups of details

Download our training data here (~9G). It includes the validation and test data as well.

3. Quick Start

A quick start guide of how to use our code is available in demo.ipynb


4. Train

4.1. Generating training pairs

To run the training, we need pairs that are coarsely aligned. We provide a notebook to show how to generate the training pairs. Note that, we also provide our training pairs in here.

4.2. Reproducing the training on MegaDepth

The training data need to be downloaded from here and saved into ./data. The file structure is :

├── MegaDepth_Train/
├── MegaDepth_Train_Org/
├── Val/
└── Test/

As mentioned in the paper, the model trained on MegaDepth contains the following 3 different stages of training:

  • Stage 1 : we only trained the reconstruction loss. You can find the hyper-parameters in train/ You can run the training of this stage by :
cd train/ 
  • Stage 2 : in this stage, we train jointly: reconstruction loss + cycle consistency of the flow. We started from the model trained in the stage 1. The hyper-parameters are in train/ You need to change the argument --resumePth to your model path. Once it is done, run:
cd train/ 
  • Stage 3 : finally, we trained all the three losses together: reconstruction loss + cycle consistency of the flow + matchability loss. We started from the model trained in the stage 2. The hyper-parameters are in train/ You need to change the argument --resumePth to your model path. Once it is done, run:
cd train/ 

4.3. Fine-tuning on your own dataset

If you want to conduct fine-tuning on your own dataset. It is recommended to start from our MegaDepth trained model. You can see all the arguments of training by :

cd train/ 
python --help

If you don't need to predict the matchability, you can set the weight of the matchability loss to 0 (--eta 0 in the, and set your path of images (--trainImgDir). Please refer to train/ for other arguments.

In case of predicting matchability, you need to tune the weight of the matchability loss (argument --eta in the depending on the dataset.

5. Evaluation

The evaluation of different tasks can be seen in the following files:

6. Acknowledgement

We appreciate helps from :

7. Changelog


  • Remove useless parts + rename some functions / parameters to make it compatible with papers + more comments

  • Fix bug in YFCC evaluation, see here. results in the paper have been updated as well.

  • Make a comparison to recent work GLU-Net, results are updated in the paper.

  • Add csv file containing annotated coorespondences for RobotCar, see here for more details.


  • Update results on Aachan day-night dataset, see here