RGBE vs Modified TIFF for encoding high dynamic range images

Singnoo, J and Finlayson, G.D (2011) RGBE vs Modified TIFF for encoding high dynamic range images. In: 5th European Conference on Colour in Graphics, Imaging, and Vision, 2010-06-14 - 2010-06-17.

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High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging has become more widespread in consumer imaging in the past few years, due to the emergence of methods for the recovering HDR radiance maps from multiple photographs [10]. In the domain of HDR encoding, the RGBE radiance format (.hdr) is one of the most widely used. However, conventional image editing applications do not always support this encoding and those that do take considerable time to read or write HDR images (compared with more conventional formats) and this hinders workflow productivity. In this paper we propose a simple, fast, and practical framework to extend the conventional 12 and 16-bit/channel integer TIFF gamma-encoded image format for storing such a wide dynamic range. We consider the potential of our framework for the tone-mapping application both by measuring the ?E S-CIELAB color difference between original and encoded image, and by conducting a psychophysical experiment to evaluate the perceptual image quality of the proposed framework and compare it with an RGBE radiance encoding. The preliminary results show that our encoding frameworks work well for all images of a 65 image dataset, and give equivalent results compared to RGBE radiance formats, while both consuming much less computational cost and removing the need for a separate image coding format. The results suggest that our method, used in the normal tone mapping workflow, is a good candidate for HDR encoding and could easily be integrated with the existing TIFF image library.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Computing Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Interactive Graphics and Audio
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Colour and Imaging Lab
Depositing User: Rhiannon Harvey
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2012 11:35
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2023 14:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/37635

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