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High-performance electronic image stabilisation for shift and rotation correction
Author(s): Steve C. J. Parker; D. L. Hickman; F. Wu
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Paper Abstract

A novel low size, weight and power (SWaP) video stabiliser called HALO™ is presented that uses a SoC to combine the high processing bandwidth of an FPGA, with the signal processing flexibility of a CPU. An image based architecture is presented that can adapt the tiling of frames to cope with changing scene dynamics. A real-time implementation is then discussed that can generate several hundred optical flow vectors per video frame, to accurately calculate the unwanted rigid body translation and rotation of camera shake. The performance of the HALO™ stabiliser is comprehensively benchmarked against the respected Deshaker 3.0 off-line stabiliser plugin to VirtualDub. Eight different videos are used for benchmarking, simulating: battlefield, surveillance, security and low-level flight applications in both visible and IR wavebands. The results show that HALO™ rivals the performance of Deshaker within its operating envelope. Furthermore, HALO™ may be easily reconfigured to adapt to changing operating conditions or requirements; and can be used to host other video processing functionality like image distortion correction, fusion and contrast enhancement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 2014
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9076, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications XI, 907602 (9 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2050267
Show Author Affiliations
Steve C. J. Parker, RFEL Ltd. (United Kingdom)
D. L. Hickman, Tektonex Ltd. (United Kingdom)
F. Wu, RFEL Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9076:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications XI
Daniel J. Henry; Davis A. Lange; Dale Linne von Berg; S. Danny Rajan; Thomas J. Walls; Darrell L. Young, Editor(s)

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