HDR Tone Mapping

13 Jan 2012 15:54
Last Modified
8 Dec 2012 16:30

The XNA4 HiDef profile supports a SurfaceFormat.HdrBlendable format, allowing color values in a higher dynamic range than can be displayed. One of the most important steps in High Dynamic Range (HDR) post-processing is mapping color values to a displayable range, such as that shown in Figure 1 below.


Figure 1. Tone-mapped rendering of North America.

I initially scale the pixel luminance using the average luminance (1). If the average luminance greater or less than the mid-gray value, the pixel is scaled accordingly.

Scaled Luminance(1)

Scaled Luminance

Figure 2. Scaled Luminance by Average Luminance.

I then compress the luminance using the scaled and maximum luminance (2). If the average luminance is the same as the mid-gray value, the pixel values are compressed to within the 0-1 range.

Compressed Luminance(2)

Tone-mapped Luminance

Figure 3. Tone-Mapped Luminance by Average Luminance.

I can then downsample, apply the tone mapping algorithm, and reject any color values below a given threshold for a bright-pass filter. After applying appropriate post-processing filters I can then recombine with the original tone-mapped image. An example is shown below in Figure 4, where an emissive texture on the ship's engines has exceeded the bloom threshold after tone-mapping.

HDR Image

Figure 4. HDR Image showing engine bloom. Battlestar Galactica models (based on new TV series) by Coxxon.


25 May 2012 02:37
This is wonderful stuff - if I could get a clear handle on what it means here and there.
Tell me, for a person needing galaxy maps of our Milky Way, Andromeda and someone to advise him so that he doesn't make stupid mistakes; where might he go orwhom might he contact?

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