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Ppmtoyuv User Manual(0)                                Ppmtoyuv User Manual(0)



NAME
       ppmtoyuv - convert a PPM image to an Abekas YUV file


SYNOPSIS
       ppmtoyuv [ppmfile]


DESCRIPTION
       This program is part of Netpbm(1).

       ppmtoyuv reads a PPM image as input and produces an Abekas YUV file as output.

       The output file contains a raster of four byte YUV codes, each uniquely associated with two side-by-side pixels
       in the image.  The raster contains rows in order from top to bottom, and within each row columns from  left  to
       right.  So the output file size in bytes is twice the number of pixels in the image.

       Each YUV code is associated with two pixels from the input image that we will call the left pixel and the right
       pixel.  The 2nd byte of the code is the Y value of the left pixel.  The 4th byte of the code is the Y value  of
       the  right  pixel.   The 1st byte of the code is an average of the U value of the pixel to the left of the left
       pixel, the left pixel, and the right pixel.  The 3rd byte of the code is analogous for V values.   These  aver-
       ages  are  weighted  arithmetic  means  where  the  left pixel is weighted double what the other two pixels are
       weighted.

       This format is reminiscent of but rather different from the common YUV 4:2:0 format (aka YUV 420) and the simi-
       lar YUV 4:4:4, YUV 4:2:2, YUV 4:1:1, YUV 4:1:1s, and YUV 4:1:0.  In YUV 4:2:0, the raster is different for even
       numbered lines and odd numbered lines.  On even numbered lines, there are twice as many  bits  for  Y  of  each
       pixel as for U or V.  On odd numbered lines, there are the same number of bits for Y as on even numbered lines,
       but no bits at all for U and V.

       Another YUV-based format is YUV4MPEG2, which is a movie format normally used with MJPEGTools .  Netpbm does not
       have converters for this format, but MJPEGTools does.


SEE ALSO
       yuvtoppm(1), ppmtoeyuv(1), ppmtoyuvsplit(1), ppm(1), pnmtoy4m , y4mtopnm



AUTHOR
       Marc  Boucher  marcATPostImage.COM, based on Example Conversion Program, A60/A64 Digital Video Interface Manual,
       page 69.

       Copyright (C) 1991 by DHD PostImage Inc.

       Copyright (C) 1987 by Abekas Video Systems Inc.



netpbm documentation             06 June 2005          Ppmtoyuv User Manual(0)