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      Intra-and-Inter-Constraint-based Video Enhancement based on Piecewise Tone Mapping


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          Video enhancement plays an important role in various video applications. In this paper, we propose a new intra-and-inter-constraint-based video enhancement approach aiming to 1) achieve high intra-frame quality of the entire picture where multiple region-of-interests (ROIs) can be adaptively and simultaneously enhanced, and 2) guarantee the inter-frame quality consistencies among video frames. We first analyze features from different ROIs and create a piecewise tone mapping curve for the entire frame such that the intra-frame quality of a frame can be enhanced. We further introduce new inter-frame constraints to improve the temporal quality consistency. Experimental results show that the proposed algorithm obviously outperforms the state-of-the-art algorithms.

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              A general framework based on histogram equalization for image contrast enhancement is presented. In this framework, contrast enhancement is posed as an optimization problem that minimizes a cost function. Histogram equalization is an effective technique for contrast enhancement. However, a conventional histogram equalization (HE) usually results in excessive contrast enhancement, which in turn gives the processed image an unnatural look and creates visual artifacts. By introducing specifically designed penalty terms, the level of contrast enhancement can be adjusted; noise robustness, white/black stretching and mean-brightness preservation may easily be incorporated into the optimization. Analytic solutions for some of the important criteria are presented. Finally, a low-complexity algorithm for contrast enhancement is presented, and its performance is demonstrated against a recently proposed method.

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                IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 74-82, 2013
                This manuscript is the accepted version for TCSVT (IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology)
                cs.CV cs.MM

                Computer vision & Pattern recognition, Graphics & Multimedia design


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