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08-14-2020, 08:22 AM   #16
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If 1 person starts typing a post then another person starts but finishes the post before the former. I am uncertain who would be first, and on what principal would we judge? Will the wording of this question affect your response? I know you are on the forums to answer but dodn't know your answer. Later I will know your answer but not where you are.

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QuoteOriginally posted by StiffLegged Quote
First time I ever heard that film used pixels...
That's why I said "in a sense".... Pixel is short for PIcture Element or one point that makes up the screen image so by analogy or loose definition the grains of silver or dye clouds are the elements that make up the picture in film.

Confusion - he talks of a pixel being an array of pixels (let's call these dots even though they may be square), either 4 × 4 or 3 × 3. So is he saying a "square" pixel is an array of 4 × 4 or 3 × 3 of "dots" the same color and what not? If that's the case then isn't this the same in effect as using larger and less PPI? No wonder it looks blockier. Then aren't the triangular or rectangular arrays using the "native" "Dots" per inch? So if you not use the square array pixels and map to the "native" DPI you shouldn't get a "pixelated" image.

The advantage I see with using the triangular and rectangular arrays is storage. Instead of having to store each "dot" you can just store a description of each array.

BTW: Pixelated should not be confused with Pixilated or Pixilation is an animation stop motion technique using live actors as the frame-by-frame subject.
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Yes, but WHEN were they there? (Nerdy quantum mechanics joke )
They were there when Schrödinger's cat was alive. Or dead. Or both.
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Stochastic imaging is where it is at. Here is a continuous grey scale. Unlike halftone printing where you use bigger dots where you want more ink, in stochastic printing all the dots are the same size but you put more dots where you want more ink. It requires a lot more processing power to so stochastic printing so it did not really take off until the late 1990's when RISC processors were developed. The modern CPU can handle these images without much effort.


The upsides are several. Better resolution, more crisp images and better ink coverage could lead to ink savings can be as high as 25%.


On the downside it required the presses to be in optimal condition. If presses are not properly maintained, the image can go south pretty quick.






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QuoteOriginally posted by Fenwoodian Quote
In the above video he explains how "variable shaped pixels" are so much better than his original "square pixels".
First of all, the description "variable shaped" is misleading.

The pixels still all have regular shapes, except that he is using a "half-pixel" approach with eight possible shapes (four with vertical or horizontal divisions and four triangles).

Next, his comparisons don't make sense because he compares images which have roughly the same number of pixels when he really should be comparing images that use the same amount of data. By using pixels with a more fine-grained geometry he obviously achieves better approximations but he needs to invest more data. For B&W images it would be three times the amount of data and with colour images, his approach requires two colours to be stored per pixel as opposed to just one (plus the three bits per pixel to select the correct shape).

Finally, the whole idea is based on the premise that pixels can be reconfigured to have one of the eight shapes. If pixels cannot be reconfigured then you'd need smaller (invariable shape) pixels to display the shapes. Rotating masks don't work so pixels would really have to be reconfigurable in some way, perhaps similar to how LCD segment displays work (but colour complicates this quite a bit).

Without pixels that actually can assume a number of different shapes, the idea reduces to an image compression technique and I'm almost existing compression techniques, e.g., based on wavelet transforms (-> JPEG 2000), would outperform it handsomely.

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