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19 February 2013 HDR image multi-bit watermarking using bilateral-filtering-based masking
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Proceedings Volume 8655, Image Processing: Algorithms and Systems XI; 865505 (2013)
Event: IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging, 2013, Burlingame, California, United States
The present paper proposes a blind multi-bit watermarking method for High Dynamic Range (HDR) images. The proposed approach is designed in order to guarantee the watermark imperceptibility both in the HDR marked image and in its Low Dynamic Range (LDR) counterpart, being thus robust against significant non-linear distortions such as those performed by tone-mapping operators (TMOs). In order to do so, the wavelet transform of the Just Noticeable Difference (JND)- scaled space of the original HDR image is employed as embedding domain. Moreover, a visual mask taking into account specific aspects of the Human Visual System (HVS) is exploited to improve the quality of the resulting watermarked image. Specifically, bilateral filtering is used to locate information on the detail part of the HDR image, where the watermark should be preferably embedded. A contrast sensitivity function is also employed to modulate the watermark intensity in each wavelet decomposition subband according to its scale and orientation. An extensive set of experimental results testifies the effectiveness of the proposed scheme in embedding multi-bit watermarks into HDR images without affecting the visual quality of the original image, while being robust against TMOs.
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Vassilis Solachidis, Emanuele Maiorana, and Patrizio Campisi "HDR image multi-bit watermarking using bilateral-filtering-based masking", Proc. SPIE 8655, Image Processing: Algorithms and Systems XI, 865505 (19 February 2013);


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