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Moon over the Crest

Moon over the Crest | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Canon EOS60D + 70-200 f/4 L - Serre Chevalier Valley, French Alps

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Hong Kong in the 1950s captured by a Teenager

Hong Kong in the 1950s captured by a Teenager | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
These stunning photographs of Hong Kong in the 1950s are captured beautifully by a teenager. It’s was the teenager Ho Fan who arrived from Shanghai in…
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See Classic Artworks Come To Life In Spellbinding "Beauty" Video

Animator and filmmaker Rino Stefano Tagliafierro has always found the intensity of the emotions he encounters through classical paintings unmatched by other artforms. And when he sat down to craft his latest short film, Beauty, he sought to convey the emotional impact of that artwork on him to an audience who might not be otherwise moved.

"The idea of Beauty is born from the desire to (convey) the main emotions that every person encounters throughout his life path," says Tagliafierro. "Classical art has always attracted my most intense emotions, so I decided to (let it) represent them."

The resulting project, Beauty, is a tour through the human life cycle--from birth to death--that draws on those classical paintings to tell that story in an absorbing way. By adding subtle animation to the artworks he chose, Tagliafierro actively depicts the motion that's only ever implied in the original pieces. The result is a stunning, haunting series of moving images that makes the work feel alive in different--often surreal--ways.

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Interesting artistic angle and amazing result on most processed paintings. Definitely worth a look.

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We put Instagram's Hyperlapse app to the test in Times Square

We put Instagram's Hyperlapse app to the test in Times Square | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Instagram has a new app out. It's called Hyperlapse and promises to help iPhone owners shoot smooth, professional-grade video clips. You can speed them up and make time-lapse footage, or chose a slower pace to see Instagram's special image stabilization algorithms in action. To keep things steady, Hyperlapse relies on your iPhone's gyroscope rather than searching for traditional scene references like angles and high contrast tracking points. Having to compute all that information would murder your battery, and turning to the hardware's existing sensors is a clever way of avoiding the hassle. Best of all, everything's done through an incredibly simple user interface. There are no accounts to set up or sign into. Not an Instagram user? It doesn't even matter.

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Wondering whether Instagram only got "inspired" by Microsoft Research's demos at Siggraph a few weeks ago, or if there are deeper "similarities" beyond Instagram releasing an iOS "flavor" of Hyperlapse... (see http://sco.lt/91e8vp)

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This ultra-rare, insanely cool 1200mm f/5,6 USM Canon lens could be yours… for just US$165,000!

This ultra-rare, insanely cool 1200mm f/5,6 USM Canon lens could be yours… for just US$165,000! | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Is your camera bag too light? Do you often find yourself wishing you could see clean into next week? Well, now you can solve both problems at one fell swoop, for a snip at the price of £99,000 (US$165,000 or thereabouts).…

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Apple Dumps Aperture, iPhoto in Favor of Photos App

Apple Dumps Aperture, iPhoto in Favor of Photos App | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Apple is streamlining its photography-software options. The company said on June 27th that it will stop development of its professional photo-editing OS X title Aperture in favor of the newly announced Photos software, which will be available for both OS X and iOS 8. You won't get updates or bug fixes beyond the current version of Aperture.

According to The Loop, the Photos app will also take over iPhoto, Apple's existing consumer-level photo editor, to give users a more seamless experience across devices. Photos is expected to launch with iOS 8 and on OS X early next year. It will store all the pictures you've taken into iCloud so you can retrieve them wherever you are.

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Looks like Aperture users might have to get progressively ready to Yet Another Migration of their pix and (more important IMHO), the corresponding metadata, whether they stick to AppleDom or migrate to AdobeDom...

(and now we understand why iPhoto and Aperture converged in terms of library structure a while ago)

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Linx Computational Imaging Mobile module combines cameras

Linx Computational Imaging Mobile module combines cameras | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

The image quality of mobile cameras has reached a dead end,” claims LinX Computational Imaging. So, of course, they say they have a new route, by developing miniature multi-aperture camera modules.

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Reminds me of Pelican imaging in a way. At some point they were supposed to cover the back of your smartphone with an array of  lenses...

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You Will Never Trust Your Brain Again After Experiencing The Following Optical Illusions

You Will Never Trust Your Brain Again After Experiencing The Following Optical Illusions | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Our brains have developed incredible tactics and coping mechanisms to help us make sense of the complex world around us. But some parts of our highly adaptive minds aren't perfect and can be exposed through carefully crafted illusions. 

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Great mashup of some very familiar (yet still enjoyable) and other unexpected optical illusions that either fool our mind, or expand it (look at the BW pictures where we tend to recreate colors)

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This Cheesy Video Was The First Upload On YouTube 9 Years Ago Today

This Cheesy Video Was The First Upload On YouTube 9 Years Ago Today | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

The very first video on YouTube was uploaded on April 23, 2005, by Jawed Karim, one of YouTube's founders, and there's no chance the video would've gone viral today.

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Where a near decade looks like a half century

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FFmpeg 2.2: Live HDS muxer, libx265 encoder & more

FFmpeg 2.2: Live HDS muxer, libx265 encoder & more | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

New major release:

- Live HDS muxer

- string validation in ffprobe

- support for decoding through VDPAU in ffmpeg (the -hwaccel option)

- stereoscopic 3d metadata handling

- WebP encoding via libwebp

- ATRAC3+ decoder

- OpenGL device

- Support DNx444

- libx265 encoder

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Via Nicolas Weil
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Would be curious to see how the libx265 encoder sports compared to NGcodec

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, March 28, 1:36 AM

FFmpeg is a complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video. It includes libavcodec - the leading audio/video codec library.

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Windows Azure Media Services Building Awesome: The server that streamed the Olympics

Windows Azure Media Services Building Awesome: The server that streamed the Olympics | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

For the last two years, I have been working to extend the capabilities to of the Origin Server for Window Azure Media Services. In January of 2013, Windows Azure Media Services (WAMS) became generally available as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) on Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. Just over a year later, it would stream the largest live sporting event in history – millions of concurrent users and over 10,000 hours of unique content over the 16-day Sochi Winter Olympic Games. This article describes the capabilities of Microsoft’s origin server, as well as the evolution of the product in the last two years to meet today’s demanding streaming media space.


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90% of internet bandwith will be consumed by video said Cisco...

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The 'Netflix For Pirated Movies' Is Back, And Its Creators Say It Will Never Die

The 'Netflix For Pirated Movies' Is Back, And Its Creators Say It Will Never Die | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

A desktop app called Popcorn Time launched last week gaining  considerable attention for presenting pirated streaming movies in a  clean and easy to use format. It was essentially a Netflix for pirated  movies.

By Friday, it was taken down. The anonymous team of developers wrote a blog  post proclaiming their motivation was 'we need to move on with our lives'.

Now, Torrentfreak  reported that a team of developers called YTS resurrected the project and  officially relaunched it Sunday.

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Popcorn time is back ! Beyond the debate around the pirated content database it is leveraging, the real thing they achieved is a total streamlining of the user experience, with a focus on simplicity and an impressive result. It may not be (hopefully) the future of TV but it clearly paves the way while echoing a few slides from http://j.mp/beyondscreens

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Popcorn time is back ! Beyond the debate around the pirated content database it is leveraging, the real thing they achieved is a total streamlining of the user experience, with a focus on simplicity and an impressive result. It may not be (hopefully) the future of TV but it clearly paves the way while echoing a few slides from http://j.mp/beyondscreens

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Stunning rediscovered photos show life in Japan 100 years ago

Stunning rediscovered photos show life in Japan 100 years ago | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
A worker pulls a passenger cart over a wooden bridge, Mount Fuji's snowy peak rising in the background. Men wear long dark robes as they catch fish from traditional Japanese boats, and women dive for pearls in the river. Looking at these photos of rural Japan, it's hard to believe they were only taken 100 years ago ...
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Moving...

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The FBI's facial recognition system is here

The FBI's facial recognition system is here | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
As of today the Federal Bureau of Investigation's new biometric database is fully operational. Called the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System, the database will collect fingers prints, palm...
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Scientists reconstruct speech through soundproof glass by watching a bag of potato chips

Scientists reconstruct speech through soundproof glass by watching a bag of potato chips | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Your bag of potato chips can hear what you're saying. Now, researchers from MIT are trying to figure out a way to make that bag of chips tell them everything that you said — and apparently they have a method that works. By pointing a video camera at the bag while audio is playing or someone is speaking, researchers can detect tiny vibrations in it that are caused by the sound. When later playing back that recording, MIT says that it has figured out a way to read those vibrations and translate them back into music, speech, or seemingly any other sound.

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Throw your bag of chips before engaging in a confidential conversation. And avoid any line of sight.

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"Spooky" Quantum Entanglement Reveals Invisible Objects

"Spooky" Quantum Entanglement Reveals Invisible Objects | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

The images, of tiny cats and a trident, are an advance for quantum optics, an emerging physics discipline built on surprising interactions among subatomic particles that Einstein famously called "spooky."

A conventional camera captures light that bounces back from an object. But in the experiment reported in the journal Nature, light particles, or photons, that never strike an object are the ones that produce its picture.

"Even other physicists say 'you can't do that' at first, but that is quantum behavior for you, very strange," says Gabriela Barreto Lemos of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Vienna, Austria, who led the study.

A 2009 University of Glasgow experiment with a divided laser beam first demonstrated such "ghost imaging." But experts say the new technique, which uses two laser beams of different colors, offers new visualization advantages.

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"The two-color advantage is a cool idea," Lett says. "It happens a lot in imaging that the best wavelength of light for a probe is not the one that makes for the best picture. You can imagine tuning light colors like this to get the best advantages of both."

In particular, the experiment's approach could create images in visible light of objects that normally can be seen only under infrared light, says quantum optics expert Miles Padgett of Scotland's University of Glasgow, who headed the 2009 "ghost imaging" experiment.

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As Einstein himself said, this is "spooky" indeed

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Microsoft’s awesome Hyperlapse tech finally makes first-person GoPro videos watchable

Microsoft’s awesome Hyperlapse tech finally makes first-person GoPro videos watchable | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
At Siggraph 2014, Microsoft Research has unveiled Hyperlapse, an ingenious algorithm that will actually make you want to watch first-person GoPro footage. Hyperlapse scans through hours of video footage, reconstructs the physical path that you took in 3D, and then generates a super-smooth 10x-speed hyperlapse video that is immensely watchable (it's a lot like a video game, in fact). Really, watch the videos below - I guarantee they'll be the coolest thing you see today.
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The folks at @MSFTResearch have done a helluva job, Hyperlapse looks to me like "Photosynth, meet video"...

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Super Typhoon Neoguri as seen from ISS is humongous !

Super Typhoon Neoguri as seen from ISS is humongous ! | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

“Supertyphoon Neoguri is ENORMOUS” says Alexander Gerst, ESA’s German astronautcurrently serving aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as he observes the monster storm swirling below on our Home Planet.

“Watch Out Japan!” added Gerst while he and his crewmates working aboard the ISS send back breathtaking imagery of the gigantic super typhoon heading towards Japan.

Neoguri is currently lashing the Japanese island of Okinawa with powerful damaging winds of over 125 mph and heavy downpours of flooding rain.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center or JTWC reports that Neoguri is creating large and dangerous swells with wave heights to 37 feet (11.2 meters).

CNN reports today, July 8, that over 600,000 people have been told to evacuate and over 100,000 already have no power. Gusts have reached 212 kph (132 mph),

“Supertyphoon Neoguri did not even fit into our fisheye lens view. I have never seen anything like this.” Taken from the ISS on 8 July 2014. Credit: ESA/NASA/Alexander Gerst
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Amazone images from the ISS, and Interesting comments.

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Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs

Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Here's how he conducted his experiment.

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Both fascinating and entertaining to discover what happens when a Dutch "light chaser" inspires a "DIY kind of guy" 350 years later.

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New version of MagicPlan mobile app streamlines creation of accurate floor plans

New version of MagicPlan mobile app streamlines creation of accurate floor plans | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

The app, which debuted in 2011, now allows users to create a floor plan for a home in as little as 15 minutes by tapping into their mobile device’s accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and camera, said Pierre Gaubil, Sensopia’s co-founder and CEO.

To build a floor plan, users stand in a central spot in each room and rotate, tagging each corner of the room and noting the location of doorways.

The app also allows users to overlay features like electrical outlets, furniture, and home accessories like fans and mirrors on the floor plans. Plans can then be shared via the Web or through files formats like JPEG, PDF or DXF, a file format used by computer-aided design (CAD) applications.

Before the latest update, less than half of MagicPlan’s users were able to create a floor plan because they lacked the patience or were unable to follow instructions, Gaubil said. In addition to making the app easier to use, Sensopia also made it more tolerant of user error.

 

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I've used the app a few times over the past 4 years and each time  I must admit that 1/ the app has constantly progressed and 2/ it is a smart use of your smartphone.

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Apple just hired one of Nokia's PureView camera experts

Apple just hired one of Nokia's PureView camera experts | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Now that Nokia is out of the smartphone game, many of its key staff are undoubtedly considering their options. Senior Lumia engineer Ari Partinen, who Nokia calls "(our) own camera expert" has just made his choice, and it's not Microsoft. He tweeted that he'll be "starting a new chapter in Cupertino," then confirmed that his new boss is indeed Tim Cook.

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Eye-Fidelity, meet 41 MegaPixels :-)

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Lytro’s Magical DLSR Lets You Refocus Photos After You Take Them | Gadget Lab | WIRED

Lytro’s Magical DLSR Lets You Refocus Photos After You Take Them | Gadget Lab | WIRED | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

With the Illum, Lytro is targeting a more specialized market. In addition to the 8X (30 – 250mm) zoom lens, it has a constant f/2.0 aperture, 1/4000 shutter, and a four-inch backside touchscreen display. According to the company, the new sensor can capture 40 million light rays (Lytro doesn’t list megapixels) to the original’s 11 million. Its desktop processing software works with traditional products, like Adobe’s Photoshop and Apple’s Lightroom. Photographers can use the camera’s software to refocus pictures after the fact, generate 3-D images, adjust the depth of field, and create tilt shifts. It will be available in July for $1,500.

 

Beyond its lens and bigger sensor, there are other ways the Illum surpasses Lytro’s original model. For example, because it’s such a different concept than most photographers are accustomed to, the camera has built-in software that color codes the display with depth information. It effectively previews the depth range you’ll have to work with once you shoot a photo. This, Lytro says, is to help photographers start to think in three dimensions. Afterwards, photographers can export the images to traditional formats, or thanks to WebGL, publish them online in ways that let people interact with them and manipulate them later.

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Before it was : point, focus, shoot. Now it will be : point, shoot, and let the viewer refocus wherever afterwards. This change in photography 101 basic steps has yet a price : $1500. Who's in ?

(still waiting for a demo of what the HTC One can apparently do in a more limited way)

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Une nouvelle façon de travailler se fait jour, on prends un maximum de matériaux, et on retravaille tout ça en agence

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Unleash your camera’s inner Hulk with a free hack to the firmware

Unleash your camera’s inner Hulk with a free hack to the firmware | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

In 2012, two Canadian teenagers, Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, successfully sent a Lego mini figure up into space using a weather balloon as the vehicle. To document the event from liftoff to crash-land, they rigged a basic Canon point-and-shoot camera to continuously snap photos. While it sounds like a complicated science project, it’s actually something many have successfully accomplished (Ho and Muhammad just made theirs unique by sending the little Lego guy with it and, oh, they’re teens). And hacking the camera might actually be the easy part, thanks to an open-source firmware update.

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Like CHDK, Magic Lantern is open-source software for Canon DSLRS, with an emphasis on enhancing video production (Magic Lantern’s creators don’t like to refer to it as a hack but a separate program that complements the camera’s software, but you get the idea). The supported DSLRs are the ones that can handle video capture, like the EOS 5D Mark II, 60D, Rebel T1i, etc., with future support for the 7D, 5D Mark III, and more. Essentially, it gives these DSLRs many of the similar advanced features that are found in more expensive video cameras.

 

But unlike CHDK, Magic Lantern is geared more toward advanced users, in particular those who use Canon DSLRs to create movies (although later updates have added features that benefit photographers too). Magic Lantern was originally created to add audio controls to the EOS 5D Mark II, which Canon didn’t provide. Over time, Magic Lantern evolved, adding a ton of extra features. If you own one of the supported cameras and you dabble a bit with video, however, it doesn’t hurt to try out Magic Lantern’s features, as it’s not difficult to install and it runs independently on the memory card.

 

Once set up, pushing the camera’s Delete button will bring up the extra menus. Magic Lantern’s benefits are many, but some of the notable ones include manual fine-tuning of audio; tools for exposure and focusing; HDR video; bracketing; zebra patterns; and an intervalometer for shooting time lapse and astrophotography. As we’ve mentioned, Magic Lantern is best for more advanced users who’ve gotten to know the ins and outs of their Canon DSLR.

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"Of course we can do it : it is just software..." - The story of these hacked firmwares is almost as interesting as what they can deliver.

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KALRAY to showcase low power, live Ultra HD (4K) HEVC encoder at CCBN 2014 in collaboration with DivX

KALRAY to showcase low power, live Ultra HD (4K) HEVC encoder at CCBN 2014 in collaboration with DivX | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Orsay, Paris, March 20, 2014 — KALRAY, the designer and exclusive provider of the low power, high performance MPPA MANYCOREprocessor, today announced the demonstration at CCBN 2014 of its unique low power live Ultra HD HEVC (4K) encoder running on the KALRAY MPPA MANYCORE processor.

The demonstration will be streaming DivX HEVC UltraHD (4K) video to a 4K TV set. The MPPA-256 , KALRAY’s first MPPA® MANYCORE processor coming with 256 cores on a single chip, will be used for a demonstration at CCBN 2014, being held in Beijing, China (Mar 20-22). The MPPA-256 processor demonstrates a complete Ultra HD HEVC live encoding based on DivX HEVC UltraHD video.

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Imagine combining such raw power with advanced HEVC encoding (thinking of NGCodec) and smart image preprocessing (thinking of Yves Faroudja's latest venture)...

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Grandmont.org is back !

Grandmont.org is back ! | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Old website designed in 1996 for my Grandfather is back online, in its 1996 web flavor, but it is definitely back. Enjoy the history, the pictures, and the QuickTimeVR panoramas.

In memoriam Michel HUET my grandfather (12 Sept 1910 - 18 Feb 2004) who inspired this site 18 years ago. 

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Will have to refresh the whole thing one day with uptodate high resolution pictures. Yet the QuickTimeVR panoramas still work 16 years after...

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Welcome to Faroudja Enterprises

Welcome to Faroudja Enterprises | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

The Faroudja Enterprises founders have realized that their experience in video technology is applicable to video  compression.  The company designs pre-processors and post-processors, used before and after compression coding/decoding, to achieve a lower bit rate and better image quality with existing codecs.

 

THE COMPANY DOES NOT PERFORM COMPRESSION CODING OR DECODING.  THE COMPANY DESIGNS

PRE-PROCESSORS TO BE USED BEFORE COMPRESSION CODING, AND POST-PROCESSORS TO BE USED

AFTER DECODING.

 

A better image quality at the same bit rate may be chosen, or if desirable, a 35% to 50% bit rate reduction for the same image quality as before may be obtained.  In any case, compression artifacts are reduced or eliminated.

 

Significant results have already been achieved:  2 patents have been granted, and 3 more are in the works.  The processes are suited to a wide range of video, from teleconferencing and videophones, to Standard Definition, High Definition and Ultra High Definition applications.

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Absolutely delighted to see that Yves Faroudja is back in the video game with a new venture. I have the deepest respect for him and know how he regrets having missed the opportunity to invest in imsense :-)

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