Adaptive Dithering Using Curved Markov-Gaussian Noise in the Quantized Domain for Mapping SDR to HDR Image

01/20/2020 ∙ by Subhayan Mukherjee, et al. ∙ 8

High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging is gaining increased attention due to its realistic content, for not only regular displays but also smartphones. Before sufficient HDR content is distributed, HDR visualization still relies mostly on converting Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) content. SDR images are often quantized, or bit depth reduced, before SDR-to-HDR conversion, e.g. for video transmission. Quantization can easily lead to banding artefacts. In some computing and/or memory I/O limited environment, the traditional solution using spatial neighborhood information is not feasible. Our method includes noise generation (offline) and noise injection (online), and operates on pixels of the quantized image. We vary the magnitude and structure of the noise pattern adaptively based on the luma of the quantized pixel and the slope of the inverse-tone mapping function. Subjective user evaluations confirm the superior performance of our technique.

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