IMT4304 - Cross-media Color Reproduction


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Computer-based written exam/Project work
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Project work/Report 6/10
Computer-based written exam 4/10 12 hours A

Course content

  • Light, color and the human visual system
  • Color characteristics of solid state cameras, scanners, projectors, displays and printers -Color encodings, image states and conversions between them
  • Measurement of color in original scenes and on output devices
  • Gamut limitations of media technology platforms and methods of compensation
  • Calibrating and characterizing media input and output systems
  • Color management for video, web, broadcast, motion picture and print and workflow for cross-media color reproduction
  • Evaluation of color reproduction quality, transforms and devices

Learning outcome

The aim of this course is to provide fundamentals and basic knowledge of cross-media color reproduction and color management on different media technology platforms. After completing this course, the students will also have an understanding of, and experience in color encodings applicable to different media platforms including setting up and evaluating a cross-media color reproduction workflow. On completion of this course, the student will be able to:


  • Describe features of the human visual system and color perception applicable to media color reproduction
  • Evaluate the methods used to produce color on different media technology platforms
  • Define the image states and associated color encodings applicable to different media technology platforms, and show how to convert between them

Skills and general competence:

  • Demonstrate the problems that can occur when media platforms are not colour managed using appropriate standards
  • Demonstrate the production of colours defined in terms of human colour appearance on different media technology platforms
  • Set up and evaluate a cross-media color reproduction workflow which converts from an input-referred image state to an output-referred image state

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures -Seminars/Workshops
  • Lab work
  • Project work
  • E-learning

Additional information:

  • All the lectures will be made available as pdfs, and each session has a detailed recommended reading list which can be seen in the course description above.
  • Coursework projects will be introduced over a two-day workshop in the second week of the course. The workshop will include an introduction to the lab resources needed for each project. This workshop is required for all participants, including remote students.

Teaching methods for remote students: off-campus students are supported through the NTNU virtual learning environment (Blackboard), and through other modes of contact with the course leader. There will also be tutorials and seminars which you can participate in remotely.

Compulsory requirements:

  • All students are required to attend the two-day workshop (campus Gjøvik) which introduces the coursework projects.

Further on evaluation

In the case a student does not pass this course, a re-sit exam will be conducted in March of the Spring following the course .

Forms of assessment:

  • Project(s) (60%)
  • Computer-based written exam, 12 hours (40%)

Each part needs to be passed.

  • For the Project, students will undertake an individual task in cross-media color reproduction and provide a written rationale, analysis and discussion of results. The laboratory work for the coursework project will be carried out individually.
  • The Computer-based written exam will require students to undertake a number of tasks in cross-media colour reproduction using a computer, and to document the processes involved. The exam will last for 12 hours and may be undertaken on-site at NTNU or off-site; student will submit the results of the computer task and the written answers electronically.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Applied Computer Science (MACS)
Applied Computer Science (MACS-D)
Colour in Science and Industry (COSI) (MACS-COSI)
Computational Colour and Spectral Imaging (MSCOSI)

Course materials

Basic textbook:

  • R. Berns (2000), Billmeyer and Saltzman¿s Principles of Color Technology" 3rd ed, Wiley

Additional books:

  • P. J. Green and L. MacDonald (2002), Colour Engineering: Achieving Device Independent Colour, Wiley
  • E. Giorgianni and T. Madden (2008), Digital color management: encoding solutions, 2nd ed.: Wiley
  • J. Homann (2008), Digital Color Management: Principles and Strategies for the Standardized Print Production: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
  • B. Fraser, C. Murphy, and F. Bunting (2005), Real world color management, 2 ed.: Peachpit Press, Berkeley, CA, US
  • C. Poynton (2007), Digital Video and HDTV Algorithms and Interfaces, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, US
  • P. J. Green, (2010) [ed] Color Management: Understanding and Using ICC Profiles, Wiley, Chichester, UK

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IMT4072 5.0 AUTUMN 2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Computer Science
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science


Examination arrangement: Computer-based written exam/Project work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Computer-based written exam 4/10 A





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Project work/Report 6/10





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Computer-based written exam 4/10 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Project work/Report 6/10 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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