Image data from a CMOS sensor with 10 bit resolution is reformatted to allow the data to pass through communications equipment that is designed to transport data with 8 bit resolution. The incoming image data has 1280 columns and 1024 rows with 10 bit resolution. The communication equipment can transport image data that has 1280 columns and 1024 rows with 8 bit resolution. This invention transports image data that has 1000 columns and 1023 rows with 10 bit resolution through the communication equipment by reformatting the image data.
 The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.