Multi-Frame Rate Rendering and Display


We introduce a new concept for improved interaction with complex scenes: multi-frame rate rendering and display. Multi-frame rate rendering produces a multi-frame rate display by optically or digitally compositing the results of asynchronously running image generators. Interactive parts of a scene are rendered at the highest possible frame rates while the rest of the scene is rendered at regular frame rates. The composition of image components generated with different update rates may cause certain visual artifacts, which can be partially overcome with our rendering techniques. The results of a user study confirm that multi-frame rate rendering can significantly improve the interaction performance while slight visual artifacts are either not even recognized or gladly tolerated by users. Overall, digital composition shows the most promising results, since it introduces the least artifacts while requiring the transfer of frame buffer content between different image generators.



  • Springer, J. P., Beck, S., Weiszig, F., Reiners, D. , Froehlich, B.
    Multi-Frame Rate Rendering and Display
    Proceedings of the IEEE Virtual Reality 2007 Conference, pp. 195–202, 2007.
    [preprint, IEEE][talk at VR2007] [video]
  • Springer, J. P., Froehlich, B.
    From Single-Frame Rate to Multi-Frame Rate Systems
    Accepted for the SEARIS Workshop at IEEE Virtual Reality 2008 Conference.
    [preprint][talk at SEARIS]


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