Pnmtofiasco User Manual(0)                          Pnmtofiasco User Manual(0)


       pnmtofiasco - Convert PNM file to FIASCO compressed file


       pnmtofiasco [option]...  [filename]...


       This program is part of Netpbm(1).

       pnmtofiasco compresses the named pbm, pgm, or ppm image files, or Stan-
       dard Input if no file is named, and produces a FIASCO file on  Standard


       All  option  names  may  be abbreviated; for example, --optimize may be
       written --optim or --opt. For most options a one letter short option is
       provided.   Mandatory  or optional arguments to long options are manda-
       tory or optional for short options, too.  Both short and  long  options
       are case sensitive.

       The basic options are:

       -i name, --input-name=name
              Compress  the  named  images, not Standard Input.  If name is -,
              read Standard Input.  name has to be either an image filename or
              a template of the form:


              Templates  are  useful  when compressing video streams: e.g., if
              you specify the  template  img0[12-01-2].pgm,  then  pnmtofiasco
              compresses the images img012.pgm, img010.pgm, ..., img002.pgm.

              If  name is a relative path, pnmtofiasco  searches for the image
              files in the current directory and in the (colon-separated) list
              of  directories given by the environment variable FIASCO_IMAGES.

       -o output-file, --output-name=name
              Write FIASCO output to the named file, not to Standard Output.

              If  name  is  a  relative  path  and  the  environment  variable
              FIASCO_DATA  is  a  (colon-separated)  list of directories, then
              pnmtofiasco writes the  output  file  to  the  first  (writable)
              directory  of  this list. Otherwise, pnmtofiasco write it to the
              current directory.

       -q N, --quality=N
              Set quality of compression to N.  Quality is 1  (worst)  to  100
              (best); default is 20.

       -v, --version
              Print pnmtofiasco version number, then exit.

       -V N, --verbose N
              Set  level  of verbosity to N.  Level is 0 (no output at all), 1
              (show progress meter), or 2 (show detailed  compression  statis-
              tics); default is 1.

       -B N, --progress-meter N
              Set type of progress-meter to N.  The following types are avail-
              able; default is 1:

       0      no progress meter

       1      RPM style progress bar using 50 hash marks

       2      percentage meter

       -f name, --config=name
              Load parameter file name  to initialize the options of  pnmtofi-
              asco.   See  file  system.fiascorc for an example of the syntax.
              Options of pnmtofiasco are set by any of the  following  methods
              (in the specified order):

       ·      Global resource file /etc/system.fiascorc

       ·      $HOME/.fiascorc

       ·      command line

       ·      --config=name

       -h, --info
              Print brief help, then exit.

       -H, --help
              Print detailed help, then exit.

       The options for advanced users are:

       -b name, --basis-name=name
              Preload compression basis name into FIASCO.  The basis name pro-
              vides the initial compression dictionary.  Either use one of the
              files  ’small.fco’,  ’medium.fco’, or ’large.fco’ that come with
              pnmtofiasco  or create a new ASCII basis file.

       -z N, --optimize=N
              Set optimization level to N.  Level is 0 (fastest) to  3  (slow-
              est);  default  is 1.  Be warned, the encoding time dramatically
              increased when N=2 or N=3 while the compression performance only
              slightly improves.

       -P, --prediction
              Use  additional  predictive  coding.   If  this  optimization is
              enabled then the image is compressed in two steps.  In the first
              step,  a  coarse  approximation  of  the image is computed using
              large unichrome blocks.  Finally, the delta  image  is  computed
              and  the  prediction  error  is  approximated using the standard
              FIASCO algorithm.

       -D N, --dictionary-size=N
              Set size of dictionary that is used when  coding  the  luminance
              band  to  N;  default  is  10000,  i.e.,  the  dictionary is not

       -C N, --chroma-dictionary=N
              Set size of dictionary that is used when coding chroma bands  to
              N; default is 40.

       -Q N, --chroma-qfactor=N
              Reduce  the  quality  of  chroma  band  compression N-times with
              respect to the user defined quality q of the luminance band com-
              pression (--quality=q); default is 2.

       -t N, --tiling-exponent=N
              Subdivide  the  image into 2^N tiles prior coding; default is 4,
              i.e. the image is subdivided into 16 tiles. The processing order
              of  the  individual  tiles  is  defined  by the option --tiling-

       -T name, --tiling-method=name
              Order the individual image tiles (the image is subdivided  into;
              see option --tiling-exponent=N) by method name; default is desc-

              Tiles with small variances are processed first.

              Tiles with large variances are processed first.

              Tiles are process in spiral order starting in the middle.

              Tiles are process in spiral order starting at the border.

              Use N mantissa bits for quantized coefficients.

              Use N mantissa bits for quantized DC coefficients.

              Coefficients outside the quantization interval [-N,+N]  are  set
              to zero.

              DC  coefficients  outside  the quantization interval [-N,+N] are
              set to zero.

       Additional options for video compression are

       -s N, --smooth=N
              Smooth decompressed reference frames along the partitioning bor-
              ders  by  the  given  amount  N.   N is 0 (no smoothing) to 100;
              default is 70.  This factor is stored in the FIASCO file.

       -m N, --min-level=N
              Start prediction (motion compensated  prediction  or  additional
              prediction)  on block level N; default is level 6.  I.e., motion
              compensation is applied to all image blocks of at least 8x8 pix-
              els (binary tree level N=6), 16x8 (N=7), 16x16 (N=8), etc.

       -M N, --max-level=N
              Stop  prediction  (motion  compensated  prediction or additional
              prediction) on block level N; default is level 10.  I.e., motion
              compensation  is  applied  to  all image blocks of at most 16x16
              pixels (N=8), 32x16 (N=9), 32x32 (N=10), etc.

       -2, --half-pixel
              Use half pixel precise motion compensation.

       -F N, --fps=N
              Set number of frames per second to N.  This value is  stored  in
              the  FIASCO  output  file  and  is  used  in the decoder fiasco-

       -p type, --pattern=type
              Defines the type of inter  frame  compression  which  should  be
              applied  to  individual  frames  of  a  video stream.  type is a
              sequence of characters;  default  is  ’IPPPPPPPPP’.   Element  N
              defines the type of predicting which should be used for frame N;
              the frame type pattern is periodically extended.  Valid  charac-
              ters are:

       I      intra  frame,  i.e., no motion compensated prediction is used at

       P      predicted frame, i.e., a previously encoded frame  is  used  for
              prediction (forward prediction).

       B      bidirectional predicted frame, i.e., not only a previously shown
              frame but also a frame of the  future  is  used  for  prediction
              (forward, backward or interpolated prediction).

              Instead  of  using  exhaustive search the ’Cross-B-Search’ algo-
              rithm is used to find the best  interpolated  prediction  of  B-

              Also use previously encoded B-frames when prediction the current
              frame. If this option is not set, only I- and P-frames are  used
              to predict the current frame.


       Compress  the  still image ’foo.ppm’ to the FIASCO file ’foo.wfa’ using
       the default options:

               pnmtofiasco < foo.ppm >foo.wfa

       Compress the video frames ’foo0*.ppm’ to the  FIASCO  file  ’video.wfa’
       using  half  pixel  precise  motion  compensation at a frame rate of 15
       frames per second.  Intra frame 1 is used to predict P-frame 4,  frames
       1  and  4 are used to predict B-frames 2 and 3, and so on.  Frame 10 is
       again an intra-frame.

               pnmtofiasco -2 -p ’IBBPBBPBB’ -fps 15 -o video.wfa foo0*.ppm


              The systemwide initialization file.

              The personal initialization file.


              Search path for image files.  Default is ’./’.

              Search and save path for FIASCO files.  Default is ’./’.


       fiascotopnm(1), ppmtojpeg(1), pnmtojbig(1), ppmtogif(1), pnm(1)

       Ullrich Hafner,  Juergen  Albert,  Stefan  Frank,  and  Michael  Unger.
       Weighted  Finite  Automata  for  Video  Compression,  IEEE  Journal  on
       Selected Areas In Communications, January 1998

       Ullrich Hafner. Low Bit-Rate  Image  and  Video  Coding  with  Weighted
       Finite   Automata,   Ph.D.   thesis,   Mensch   &   Buch  Verlag,  ISBN
       3-89820-002-7, October 1999.

       FIASCO: An Open-Source Fractal Image and Sequence Codec ,  Linux  Jour-
       nal, January 2001.


       Ullrich Hafner <>

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