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On the coding of interlace scanned content in HEVC
Author(s): Arianne T. Hinds; Yasser Syed; Zineb Agyo; Jerome Vieron; Jean-Marc Thiesse
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Paper Abstract

High Efficiency Video Coding is the latest in the series of video coding standards developed either by MPEG, or VCEG, or jointly through a collaboration of the two committees. The first version of HEVC was completed in January 2013, but was developed without specific requirements for the compression of interlace video content. Rather, the requirements for the initial version of HEVC targeted the reduction, by 50%, of the bitrate required to delivery progressive video signals at the same, or nearly the same, visual quality as achieved by current state-of-the-art video codecs. Despite the lack of formal requirements for the support of interlace scanned content, this first version of HEVC nevertheless supports interlace video formats but achieves this support in a nominal manner, without the use of specific coding tools. Interlace formats, however, continue to be the primary format used by broadcasters for the capture and delivery of video being most recently used exclusively to capture and broadcast the 2012 Summer Olympics for the entire world. This paper explores the continued importance and relevance of interlace formats for next generation video coding standards, including HEVC. The in-progress experiments and results of a formal study of HEVC for the coding of interlace content are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2013
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8856, Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXVI, 88560Q (26 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2025733
Show Author Affiliations
Arianne T. Hinds, Cable Television Labs. (United States)
Yasser Syed, Comcast Corp. (United States)
Zineb Agyo, ATEME S.A. (France)
Jerome Vieron, ATEME S.A. (France)
Jean-Marc Thiesse, ATEME S.A. (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8856:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXVI
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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