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Predictive motion vector field adaptive search technique (PMVFAST): enhancing block-based motion estimation
Author(s): Alexis Michael Tourapis; Oscar Chi Lim Au; Ming Lei Liou
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Paper Abstract

Motion Estimation (ME) is an important part of most video encoding systems, since it could significantly affect the output quality of an encoded sequence. Unfortunately this feature requires a significant part of the encoding time especially when using the straightforward Full Search (FS) algorithm. In this paper a new algorithm is presented named as the Predictive Motion Vector Field Adaptive Search Technique (PMVFAST), which significantly outperforms most if not all other previously proposed algorithms in terms of Speed Up performance. In addition, the output quality of the encoded sequence in terms of PSNR is similar to that of the Full Search algorithm. The proposed algorithm relies mainly upon very robust and reliable predictive techniques and early termination criteria, which make use of parameters adapted to the local characteristics of a frame. Our experiments verify the superiority of the proposed algorithm, not only versus several other well-known fast algorithms, but also in many cases versus even the Full Search algorithm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4310, Visual Communications and Image Processing 2001, (29 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.411871
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Alexis Michael Tourapis, Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology (Cyprus)
Oscar Chi Lim Au, Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)
Ming Lei Liou, Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4310:
Visual Communications and Image Processing 2001
Bernd Girod; Charles A. Bouman; Eckehard G. Steinbach, Editor(s)

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