Remove 8x8-pixel artifacts from JPEGs.
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UnBlock

Remove 8x8-pixel "blocky" artifacts from a heavily compressed JPEG image.

How to build on Ubuntu

make

How to run

./unblock in.bmp out.bmp

./unblock in.png out.png

Software used

This is a wrapper around an algorithm by John Costella. His webpage includes before-and-after pictures showing the algorithm's effectiveness.

Instead of porting John's C# source code to C/C++, I built on Alexander Balakhnin's C port, in the context of a plugin for AviSynth, based on John's own 2007 C port of "the Costella libraries."

Files in .bmp format are read and written by EasyBMP, files in .png format by libpng. Why not .jpg for a JPEG utility? Because my source images are still frames from mjpeg-format video. Extracting frames in a lossless format avoids the further degradation that happens with ffmpeg -i in.avi -vcodec jpg ....

The journal article Stitched Panoramas from Low-Cost Airborne Video Cameras demonstrates an application of this software. A preprint thereof is summarized in the MIT Technology Review.

Bugs

An image whose width is not a multiple of 16 pixels may misbehave.