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Selective sharpness enhancement of corrupted old film sequences by coupled nonlinear reaction-diffusion time-evolution
Author(s): Takahiro Saito; Kentarou Yashiro; Jun Satsumabayashi; Takashi Komatsu
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Paper Abstract

In old movie film, most of sharp brightness transitions have been blurred, and film materials are often corrupted by several distortions such as blotches. To restore original edge sharpness without augmenting visibility of such distortions, first we characterize such distortion areas, repair them and then sharpen only blurred edges selectively. This paper presents a locally-adaptive sharpening method based on the coupled nonlinear reaction-diffusion time-evolution equipped with a second-order nonlinear smoothing term, a reaction term and an overshooting term. The overshooting term adds an overshoot only to the blurred edges. The coupled nonlinear reaction-diffusion method utilizes information about local image contents and the characterized film distortions, to control the degree of the second-order smoothing and the magnitude of the overshoot to be added. Our method sharpens blurred edges selectively much better than our previously presented adaptive peaking method. Our method, of course, is applicable to sharpness enhancement of general blurred images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 January 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4671, Visual Communications and Image Processing 2002, (4 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.453130
Show Author Affiliations
Takahiro Saito, Kanagawa Univ. (Japan)
Kentarou Yashiro, Kanagawa Univ. (Japan)
Jun Satsumabayashi, Kanagawa Univ. (Japan)
Takashi Komatsu, Kanagawa Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4671:
Visual Communications and Image Processing 2002
C.-C. Jay Kuo, Editor(s)

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