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Measurement and protocol for evaluating video and still stabilization systems
Author(s): Etienne Cormier; Frédéric Cao; Frédéric Guichard; Clément Viard
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Paper Abstract

This article presents a system and a protocol to characterize image stabilization systems both for still images and videos. It uses a six axes platform, three being used for camera rotation and three for camera positioning. The platform is programmable and can reproduce complex motions that have been typically recorded by a gyroscope mounted on different types of cameras in different use cases. The measurement uses a single chart for still image and videos, the texture dead leaves chart. Although the proposed implementation of the protocol uses a motion platform, the measurement itself does not rely on any specific hardware. For still images, a modulation transfer function is measured in different directions and is weighted by a contrast sensitivity function (simulating the human visual system accuracy) to obtain an acutance. The sharpness improvement due to the image stabilization system is a good measurement of performance as recommended by a CIPA standard draft. For video, four markers on the chart are detected with sub-pixel accuracy to determine a homographic deformation between the current frame and a reference position. This model describes well the apparent global motion as translations, but also rotations along the optical axis and distortion due to the electronic rolling shutter equipping most CMOS sensors. The protocol is applied to all types of cameras such as DSC, DSLR and smartphones.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8653, Image Quality and System Performance X, 865303 (4 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2003583
Show Author Affiliations
Etienne Cormier, DxO Labs (France)
Frédéric Cao, DxO Labs (France)
Frédéric Guichard, DxO Labs (France)
Clément Viard, DxO Labs (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8653:
Image Quality and System Performance X
Peter D. Burns; Sophie Triantaphillidou, Editor(s)

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