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Vision models fine-tuned by cinema professionals for High Dynamic Range imaging in movies

Publication by Praveen Cyriac, Trevor Canham, David Kane, Marcelo Bertalmío
Related to the Smart Asset re-Use in Creative Environments (SAUCE) project
Published in Multimedia Tools and Applications, 2020


Many challenges that deal with processing of HDR material remain very much open for the film industry, whose extremely demanding quality standards are not met by existing automatic methods. Therefore, when dealing with HDR content, substantial work by very skilled technicians has to be carried out at every step of the movie production chain. Based on recent findings and models from vision science, we propose in this work effective tone mapping and inverse tone mapping algorithms for production, post-production and exhibition. These methods are automatic and real-time, and they have been both fine-tuned and validated by cinema professionals, with psychophysical tests demonstrating that the proposed algorithms outperform both the academic and industrial state-of-the-art. We believe these methods bring the field closer to having fully automated solutions for important challenges for the cinema industry that are currently solved manually or sub-optimally. Another contribution of our research is to highlight the limitations of existing image quality metrics when applied to the tone mapping problem, as none of them, including two state-of-the-art deep learning metrics for image perception, are able to predict the preferences of the observers.