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Frequency weighting for MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Author(s): Teruhiko Suzuki; Kazushi Sato; Yoichi Yagasaki
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Paper Abstract

Joint Video Team (JVT) was established to standardize next video coding technology. ITU-T H.26L (TML8) was adopted as the start point of the standard, and Joint Model (JM) was released. High quality video, not only for professional equipments but also for consumer applications, is very important target for JVT codec. However, H.26L was tested relatively lower bit rate. It is found that there are several problems due to quantization in order to support high quality video. In this paper, two extensions of quantization to support high quality video, which are frequency weighting matrix and extension of quantization table, are proposed. The frequency weighting matrix adds flexibility to the transform and quantization process by providing substantial coding efficiency without sacrificing the visual quality. It is possible to change quantization characteristic for each frequency depending on the sensitivity of human visual system. Encoder can compress video more efficiently. By extending the quantization table, encoder can use smaller and larger q_scale. In order to confirm the advantage of the proposal, simulations were performed to evaluate both PSNR and subjective quality. It was verified that proposed method is able to reduce bit rate keeping the same visual quality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 November 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5203, Applications of Digital Image Processing XXVI, (19 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.509079
Show Author Affiliations
Teruhiko Suzuki, Sony Corp. (Japan)
Kazushi Sato, Sony Corp. (Japan)
Yoichi Yagasaki, Sony Corp. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5203:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XXVI
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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