(12) United States Patent
(io) Patent No.: (45) Date of Patent:
US 7,565,031 B2 Jul. 21, 2009
(54) METHOD AND CIRCUIT FOR SCALING RASTER IMAGES
(75) Inventor: Andreas Loew, Gross-Gerau (DE)
(73) Assignee: Thomson Licensing, Boulogne Billancourt (FR)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 618 days.
(21) Appl.No.: 10/806,734
(22) Filed: Mar. 23, 2004
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2004/0218835 Al Nov. 4, 2004
(30) Foreign Application Priority Data
Apr. 3, 2003 (DE) 103 15 442
(51) Int. CI.
G06K 9/32 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 382/298; 345/660; 348/581;
348/704; 358/451; 708/208
(58) Field of Classification Search 382/298
See application file for complete search history.
(56) References Cited
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FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
EP 0497494 8/1992
* cited by examiner
Primary Examiner—Matthew C Bella
Assistant Examiner—David P Rashid
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Robert D. Shedd; Robert B.
A method is proposed which enables high-resolution raster images to be represented on lower-resolution displays. The method according to the invention selects support points in lines and columns of the original image, which have a smallest possible variation of their distances and approximate the set scaling at least in ranges. Consequently, rational scaling ratios can also be achieved in an advantageous manner. In order to represent fine details of the original image in the scaled image as well, the adjacent pixels of the support points are also incorporated into the calculation of the pixels that are output. Furthermore, a circuit for scaling a raster image inreal time is proposed. Moreover, a film scanner having a scaling device in accordance with the method according to the invention is proposed.
5 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets