A bichannel, portable, low cost, hybrid processor capable of interactive real-time image processing for use in the field or laboratory is described. Major features of the Programmable Video Processor (PVP) such as operation as a remote pre-processor controlled by a host image processing computer facility or manual operation as a stand-alone processor, digitally programmed operating mode control and internal image statistic generation are discussed. Finally, selected applications in which the PVP has proven useful are outlined.

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