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Visual acuity and contrast sensitivity with compressed motion video
Author(s): Piet Bijl; Sjoerd C. de Vries
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Paper Abstract

Video of Visual Acuity (VA) and Contrast Sensitivity (CS) test charts in a complex background was recorded using a CCD camera mounted on a computer-controlled tripod and fed into real-time MPEG2 compression/decompression equipment. The test charts were based on the Triangle Orientation Discrimination (TOD) test method and contained triangle test patterns of different sizes and contrasts in four possible orientations. In a perception experiment, VA and CS thresholds at the 75% correct level were obtained for three camera velocities (0, 1.0 and 2.0 deg/s or 0, 4.1 and 8.1 pix/frame) and four compression rates (no compression, 4Mb/s, 2Mb/s and 1 Mb/s). VA is shown to be rather robust to any combination of motion and compression. CS however dramatically decreases when motion is combined with high compression ratios. The data suggest that with the MPEG2 algorithm the emphasis is on the preservation of image detail at the cost of contrast loss.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 April 2009
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 7300, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XX, 730006 (22 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.819948
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Piet Bijl, TNO Defense, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Sjoerd C. de Vries, TNO Defense, Security and Safety (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7300:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XX
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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