Efficient detection of temporally impulsive dirt impairments in archived films

Jinchang Ren, T. Vlachos

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Abstract

We propose a novel approach for the detection of temporally impulsive dirt impairments in archived film sequences. Our
method does not require motion compensation and uses raw differences between the current frame and each of the
previous and next frames to extract a confidence signal which is used to localize and label dirt regions. A key feature of our
method is the removal of false alarms by local region-growing. Unlike other work utilizing manually added dirt
impairments, we test our method on real film sequences with objective ground truth obtained by infrared scanning. With
confidence information extracted from color channels, dirt areas of low contrast to the corresponding gray image can be
successfully detected by our method when motion-based methods fail. Comparisons with established algorithms
demonstrate that our method offers more efficient, robust and accurate dirt detection with fewer false alarms for a wide
range of test material.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-551
Number of pages10
JournalSignal Processing
Volume87
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • archive restoration
  • film dirt detection
  • efficient detection
  • temporally impulsive
  • dirt impairments
  • archived films

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