HDR-VDP-2: A calibrated visual metric for visibility and quality predictions in all luminance conditions

Rafa Mantiuk*, Kil Joong Kim, Allan G. Rempel, Wolfgang Heidrich

*Corresponding author for this work

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Visual metrics can play an important role in the evaluation of novel lighting, rendering, and imaging algorithms. Unfortunately, current metrics only work well for narrow intensity ranges, and do not correlate well with experimental data outside these ranges. To address these issues, we propose a visual metric for predicting visibility (discrimination) and quality (mean-opinion-score). The metric is based on a new visual model for all luminance conditions, which has been derived from new contrast sensitivity measurements. The model is calibrated and validated against several contrast discrimination data sets, and image quality databases (LIVE and TID2008). The visibility metric is shown to provide much improved predictions as compared to the original HDR-VDP and VDP metrics, especially for low luminance conditions. The image quality predictions are comparable to or better than for the MS-SSIM, which is considered one of the most successful quality metrics. The code of the proposed metric is available on-line.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH 2011, SIGGRAPH 2011
StatePublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventACM SIGGRAPH 2011, SIGGRAPH 2011 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: Aug 7 2011Aug 11 2011


CityVancouver, BC


  • High dynamic range
  • Image quality
  • Visual metric
  • Visual model
  • Visual perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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