Chapter 8
Conclusions and Prospects

To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow ... the coup de grāce for the painter as well as for the picture.

Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter. This thesis has presented various techniques for multi-view video acquisition, compression and rendering. A complete multi-view video coding system architecture, yielding high-quality image rendering while retaining high compression efficiency, has been presented. In this chapter, the achievements are summarized and possible extensions of the techniques are proposed. Finally, we discuss several perspectives of multi-view video.

 8.1 Results and discussion on the individual chapters
  8.1.1 Chapter 3: multi-view depth estimation
  8.1.2 Chapter 4: multi-view depth image based rendering
  8.1.3 Chapter 5: multi-view depth and texture multi-view coding
  8.1.4 Chapter 6: depth coding using piecewise linear functions
  8.1.5 Chapter 7: joint depth-texture bit allocation
 8.2 Key issues and open questions
 8.3 Perspectives