13 July 1994 Photorealistic scene presentation: virtual video camera
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This paper presents a low cost alternative for presenting photo-realistic imagery during the final approach, which often is a peak workload phase of flight. The method capitalizes on `a priori' information. It accesses out-the-window `snapshots' from a mass storage device, selecting the snapshots that deliver the best match for a given aircraft position and runway scene. It then warps the snapshots to align them more closely with the current viewpoint. The individual snapshots, stored as highly compressed images, are decompressed and interpolated to produce a `clear-day' video stream. The paper shows how this warping, when combined with other compression methods, saves considerable amounts of storage; compression factors from 1000 to 3000 were achieved. Thus, a CD-ROM today can store reference snapshots for thousands of different runways. Dynamic scene elements not present in the snapshot database can be inserted as separate symbolic or pictorial images. When underpinned by an appropriate suite of sensor technologies, the methods discussed indicate an all-weather virtual video camera is possible.
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Michael J. Johnson, Joel Clark W. Rogers, "Photorealistic scene presentation: virtual video camera", Proc. SPIE 2220, Sensing, Imaging, and Vision for Control and Guidance of Aerospace Vehicles, (13 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.179614; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.179614


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