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Stereo image quality: effects of mixed spatio-temporal resolution

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4 Author(s)
Stelmach, L. ; Commun. Res. Centre, Ottawa, Ont., Canada ; Wa James Tam ; Meegan, D. ; Vincent, A.

We explored the response of the human visual system to mixed-resolution stereo video-sequences, in which one eye view was spatially or temporally low-pass filtered. It was expected that the perceived quality, depth, and sharpness would be relatively unaffected by low-pass filtering, compared to the case where both eyes viewed a filtered image. Subjects viewed two 10-second stereo video-sequences, in which the right-eye frames were filtered vertically (V) and horizontally (H) at 1/2 H, 1/2 V, 1/4 H, 1/4 V, 1/2 H 1/2 V, 1/2 H 1/4 V, 1/4 H 1/2 V, and 1/4 H 1/4 V resolution. Temporal filtering was implemented for a subset of these conditions at 1/2 temporal resolution, or with drop-and-repeat frames. Subjects rated the overall quality, sharpness, and overall sensation of depth. It was found that spatial filtering produced acceptable results: the overall sensation of depth was unaffected by low-pass filtering, while ratings of quality and of sharpness were strongly weighted towards the eye with the greater spatial resolution. By comparison, temporal filtering produced unacceptable results: field averaging and drop-and-repeat frame conditions yielded images with poor quality and sharpness, even though perceived depth was relatively unaffected. We conclude that spatial filtering of one channel of a stereo video-sequence may be an effective means of reducing the transmission bandwidth

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Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 2 )