History of VFX
beyond the photoshop
Before the American student invented first Photoshop, similar algorithms have been implemented by programmers and mathematicians French much earlier. It was not an independent software product. It was a complex that combined itself a couple external devices, main computer and initial software. Russians bought a couple of these machines for institutes and military purposes. On the video below you can see a fragment of the old Russian TV program.
An image processing software was developed for analyzing two dimensional streak images. The software is a part of a picosecond electron-optical measuring system. The software was adopted for general purpose microprocessor based image processing unit Pericolor-1000 produced by NUMELEC company. The main advantage of using Pericolor-1000 is the possibility of increasing software for preparing a special set of streak image processing functions. The system provides time and intensity scales mapping, image distortion and sweep rate nonlinearity correction, computer estimation of the streak image parameters, fast fourier transform, signal restoration and some other functions.
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