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In this paper, we address the problem of image bit-depth expansion and present a novel method to generate high bit-depth (HBD) images from a single low bit-depth (LBD) image. We expand image bit-depth by reconstructing the least significant bits (LSBs) for the LBD image after it is rescaled to high bit-depth. For image regions whose intensities are neither locally maximum nor minimum, neighborhood flooding is applied to convert 2D interpolation problem into 1D interpolation, for local maxima/minima (LMM) regions where interpolation is not applicable, a virtual skeleton marking algorithm is proposed to convert problematic 2D extrapolation problem into 1D interpolation. At last, a content-adaptive reconstruction model is proposed to obtain the output HBD image. The experimental results show that proposed method significantly outperforms existing methods in PSNR and SSIM without contouring artifacts.
Date of Conference: 9-13 July 2012