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Journal of Electronic Imaging

Combining distributed video coding with super-resolution to achieve H.264/AVC performance
Author(s): Robert Klepko; Demin Wang; Gregory Huchet
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Paper Abstract

Distributed video coding (DVC) is an emerging video coding paradigm for systems that require low-complexity encoders that are supported by high-complexity decoders as required, for example, in real-time video capture and streaming from one mobile phone to another. Under the assumption of an error-free transmission channel, the coding efficiency of current DVC systems is still below that of the latest video codecs, such as H.264/AVC. In order to increase the coding efficiency, we propose that every Wyner-Ziv frame be downsampled by a factor of two prior to encoding and the subsequent transmission. However, this would necessitate upsampling in conjunction with interpolation at the decoder. Simple interpolation (e.g., a bilinear or bicubic filter) would be insufficient because the high-frequency (HF) spatial image content would be missing. Instead, we propose the incorporation of a super-resolution (SR) technique based upon the example-based scene-specific method to allow this HF content to be recovered. The SR technique will add computational complexity to the decoder side of the DVC system, which is allowable within the DVC framework. Rate-distortion curves show that this novel combination of SR and DVC improves the system's peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) performance by up to several decibels and can actually exceed the performance of the H.264/AVC codec when GOP = IP for some video sequences.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 April 2012
PDF: 12 pages
J. Electron. Imag. 21(1) 013011 doi: 10.1117/1.JEI.21.1.013011
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 21, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Robert Klepko, Communications Research Ctr. Canada (Canada)
Demin Wang, Communications Research Ctr. Canada (Canada)
Gregory Huchet, Communications Research Ctr. Canada (Canada)

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