Color and Quality Enhancement of Videoconferencing Whiteboards
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Whiteboards are commonly used as a medium of instant illustration of ideas during several activities including presentations, lectures, meetings, and related others through videoconferencing systems. However, the acquisition of whiteboard contents is inhibited by issues inherent to the camera technologies, the whiteboard glossy surfaces along with other environmental issues such as room lighting or camera positioning. The contents of whiteboards are mostly invisible due to the low luminance contrast and other related color degradation problems. This article presents an account of a work aimed at extracting the whiteboard image and consequently enhancing its perceptual quality and legibility. Two different methods based on color balancing and color warping are introduced to improve the global and local luminance contrast as well as color saturation of the contents. The methods are implemented based on different general models of the videoconferencing environment for avoiding color shifts and unnaturalness of results. Our evaluations, through psycho-visual experiments, reveal the significance of the proposed method’s improvements over the state of the art methods in terms of visual quality and visibility.