Co-Separating Sounds of Visual Objects

            Ruohan Gao                      Kristen Grauman

The University of Texas at Austin     Facebook AI Research

[arXiv] [Bibtex]


Learning how objects sound from video is challenging, since they often heavily overlap in a single audio channel. Current methods for visually-guided audio source separation sidestep the issue by training with artificially mixed video clips, but this puts unwieldy restrictions on training data collection and may even prevent learning the properties of "true" mixed sounds. We introduce a co-separation training paradigm that permits learning object-level sounds from unlabeled multi-source videos. Our novel training objective requires that the deep neural network's separated audio for similar-looking objects be consistently identifiable, while simultaneously reproducing accurate video-level audio tracks for each source training pair. Our approach disentangles sounds in realistic test videos, even in cases where an object was not observed individually during training. We obtain state-of-the-art results on visually-guided audio source separation and audio denoising for the MUSIC, AudioSet, and AV-Bench datasets.

†On leave from The University of Texas at Austin.
Qualitative Video

In the qualitative video, we show example separation results. We use our system to discover and separate object sounds for realistic multi-source videos from AudioSet dataset and duets in MUSIC dataset.