Image processing method and apparatus

  • US 6,496,598 B1
  • Filed: 03/01/2000
  • Issued: 12/17/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/02/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for converting monoscopic images for viewing in three dimensions comprising:

  • receiving monoscopic images;

    analyzing said monoscopic images to determine characteristics of the images and to determine if there is any continuity between successive first and second of said monoscopic images;

    processing said monoscopic images based on the determined image characteristics and/or the determination if there is any continuity between the first and second monoscopic images; and

    outputting the processed images to suitable storage and/or stereoscopic display systems, wherein said analyzing further includes determining the motion of said monoscopic images by;

    dividing each image into a plurality of blocks, wherein corresponding blocks on an adjacent image are offset horizontally and/or vertically; and

    comparing each said block with said corresponding blocks to find a minimum mean square error and thereby the motion of the block.

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