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Design and performance of a digital video quality metric
Author(s): Andrew B. Watson; Quingmin J. Hu; John F. McGowan; Jeffrey B. Mulligan
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Paper Abstract

The growth of digital video has given rise to a need for computational methods for evaluating the visual quality of digital video. We have developed a new digital video quality metric, which we call DVQ. Here we provide a brief description of the metric, and give a preliminary report on its performance. DVQ accepts a pair of digital video sequences, and computes a measure of the magnitude of the visible difference between them. The metric is based on the Discrete Cosine Transform. It incorporates aspects of early visual processing, including light adaptation, luminance and chromatic channels, spatial and temporal filtering, spatial frequency channels, contrast masking, and probability summation. It also includes primitive dynamics of light adaptation and contrast masking. We have applied the metric to digital video sequences corrupted by various typical compression artifacts, and compared the results to quality ratings made by human observers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3644, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging IV, (19 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.348437
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew B. Watson, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Quingmin J. Hu, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
John F. McGowan, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Jeffrey B. Mulligan, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3644:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging IV
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Editor(s)

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