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Optical Engineering

Tone mapping-based high-dynamic-range image compression: study of optimization criterion and perceptual quality
Author(s): Manish Narwaria; Matthieu P. Da Silva; Patrick Le Callet; Romuald Pepion
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Paper Abstract

We study the issue of quality assessment in tone mapping-based high-dynamic-range (HDR) image compression. In this, there are two stages at which a decision should be made regarding perceptual visual quality: (a) for finding the optimal parameters of the dynamic range reduction function so that the visual quality is maximized, and (b) visual quality judgment of the decompressed image. We first investigate two objective optimization criteria, namely mean squared error and structural similarity index measure, toward optimization of a tone mapping model-based HDR image compression method. We then conduct a comprehensive subjective study to evaluate the visual quality of the compressed HDR images. Therefore, we consider both objective and subjective aspects for HDR image compression. To our knowledge, no systematic and comprehensive studies exist in the current literature which shed light on the issue of quality assessment in HDR compression. So this study brings in new knowledge and perspective for the relatively less investigated topic of HDR compression from the view point of perceptual quality. We further evaluate the prediction performances of four objective methods on the 140 compressed HDR images that have been subjectively rated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 October 2013
PDF: 16 pages
Opt. Eng. 52(10) 102008 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.52.10.102008
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 52, Issue 10
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Manish Narwaria, Institut de Recherche en Communications et en Cybernétique de Nantes (France)
Matthieu P. Da Silva, Institut de Recherche en Communications et en Cybernétique de Nantes (France)
Patrick Le Callet, Institut de Recherche en Communications et en Cybernétique de Nantes (France)
Romuald Pepion, Institut de Recherche en Communications et en Cybernétique de Nantes (France)


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