19 January 2009 Enhancement tuning and control for high dynamic range images in multi-scale locally adaptive contrast enhancement algorithms
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For real-time imaging in surveillance applications, visibility of details is of primary importance to ensure customer confidence. If we display High Dynamic-Range (HDR) scenes whose contrast spans four or more orders of magnitude on a conventional monitor without additional processing, results are unacceptable. Compression of the dynamic range is therefore a compulsory part of any high-end video processing chain because standard monitors are inherently Low- Dynamic Range (LDR) devices with maximally two orders of display dynamic range. In real-time camera processing, many complex scenes are improved with local contrast enhancements, bringing details to the best possible visibility. In this paper, we show how a multi-scale high-frequency enhancement scheme, in which gain is a non-linear function of the detail energy, can be used for the dynamic range compression of HDR real-time video camera signals. We also show the connection of our enhancement scheme to the processing way of the Human Visual System (HVS). Our algorithm simultaneously controls perceived sharpness, ringing ("halo") artifacts (contrast) and noise, resulting in a good balance between visibility of details and non-disturbance of artifacts. The overall quality enhancement, suitable for both HDR and LDR scenes, is based on a careful selection of the filter types for the multi-band decomposition and a detailed analysis of the signal per frequency band.
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Sascha D. Cvetkovic, Johan Schirris, Peter H. N. de With, "Enhancement tuning and control for high dynamic range images in multi-scale locally adaptive contrast enhancement algorithms", Proc. SPIE 7257, Visual Communications and Image Processing 2009, 725717 (19 January 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.805979; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.805979
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