Deinterlacing - An overview

Gerard de Haan, Erwin B. Bellers

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The question "to interlace or not to interlace" divides the television and the personal computer communities. A proper answer requires a common understanding of what is possible nowadays in deinterlacing video signals. This paper outlines the most relevant proposals, ranging from simple linear methods to advanced motion-compensated algorithms, and provides a relative performance comparison for 12 of these methods. Next to objective performance indicators, screen photographs have been used to illustrate typical artifacts of individual deinterlacers. The overview provides no final answer in the interlace debate, as such requires unavailable capabilities in balancing technical and nontechnical issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1839-1856
Number of pages18
JournalProceedings of the IEEE
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer displays
  • HDTV
  • Image converters
  • Image enhancement
  • Image motion analysis
  • Image sampling
  • Interpolation
  • Video signal processing


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