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Objective video quality assessment method for freeze distortion based on freeze aggregation
Author(s): Keishiro Watanabe; Jun Okamoto; Takaaki Kurita
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Paper Abstract

With the development of the broadband network, video communications such as videophone, video distribution, and IPTV services are beginning to become common. In order to provide these services appropriately, we must manage them based on subjective video quality, in addition to designing a network system based on it. Currently, subjective quality assessment is the main method used to quantify video quality. However, it is time-consuming and expensive. Therefore, we need an objective quality assessment technology that can estimate video quality from video characteristics effectively. Video degradation can be categorized into two types: spatial and temporal. Objective quality assessment methods for spatial degradation have been studied extensively, but methods for temporal degradation have hardly been examined even though it occurs frequently due to network degradation and has a large impact on subjective quality. In this paper, we propose an objective quality assessment method for temporal degradation. Our approach is to aggregate multiple freeze distortions into an equivalent freeze distortion and then derive the objective video quality from the equivalent freeze distortion. Specifically, our method considers the total length of all freeze distortions in a video sequence as the length of the equivalent single freeze distortion. In addition, we propose a method using the perceptual characteristics of short freeze distortions. We verified that our method can estimate the objective video quality well within the deviation of subjective video quality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6059, Image Quality and System Performance III, 60590Y (17 January 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.642135
Show Author Affiliations
Keishiro Watanabe, NTT Service Integration Labs. (Japan)
Jun Okamoto, NTT Service Integration Labs. (Japan)
Takaaki Kurita, NTT Service Integration Labs. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6059:
Image Quality and System Performance III
Luke C. Cui; Yoichi Miyake, Editor(s)

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