Pixels as a single pixel, were excellent graphic tool in the initial stage of development of computer graphics. Today, however, the pixels and bitmap graphics are gradually becoming an anachronism, since the number of different screens increases, and for screens with higher resolution image recording point is kind of redundant.
Scientists from the University of Bath (UK) offered a way to phase out the raster graphics, which is to create a new coding method that describes the bitmap image in vector form and retain all halftones and irregularities.
According to the developers, the new codec can be released in a suitable form of mass operation in five years. Employees of the University with the support of Root6 Technology, Smoke & Mirrors and Ovation Data Services, is working hard to expand its coding method of large companies. The first prototype of the codec for compressing raster vector streams was shown at the 9th European Conference for the production of media products CVMP (Conference on Visual Media Production) in London.
Traditionally, the digital image is constructed from a rectangular grid of colored cells – these cells are called pixels. The smaller and closer together the pixels, the better the image quality for the viewer. This is why digital copies of films for theatrical release on the big screen have a huge size. Such large video has compress losing image quality. In addition, these materials are just difficult to handle. Alternatively, could serve as a vector image format that describes the image in the form of shaded contours. Until now, there was no method to describe the image in grayscale using the vector method, at least for professional use.
A team of scientists from Bath, it seems, was able to solve the issue through improved algorithms for vector coding in the codec for video streams. When using their new codec provides automatic filling semitones between paths with one-color fill. As a result of such a codec is obtained film or a static picture, completely independent of the display method. How not to increase such a picture, the picture will not break down into individual points-pixels. Video stream in a format you can stream over an arbitrarily large screen (within reason) without loss of picture clarity.
Professor Phil Willis from the Department of computers in the University of Bath, said that this is a significant breakthrough in the production of media products. At the same time, the success of new technology requires the participation of many interested companies. At the moment, the developers focused on the applications of the new codec in post videos. In addition, Direct contact with the leading companies in this field, but the possible uses of technology in the Internet and mobile devices have not been studied – this is simply not enough time and energy developers.