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A perceptual-based approach to bit allocation for H.264 encoder
Author(s): Tao-Sheng Ou; Yi-Hsin Huang; Homer H. Chen
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Paper Abstract

Since the ultimate receivers of encoded video are human eyes, the characteristics of human visual system should be taken into consideration in the design of bit allocation to improve the perceptual video quality. In this paper, we incorporate the structural similarity index as a distortion metric and propose a novel rate-distortion model to characterize the relationship between rate and the structural similarity index. Based on the model, we develop an optimum bit allocation and rate control scheme for H.264 encoders. Experimental results show that up to 25% bitrate reduction over the JM reference software can be achieved. Subjective evaluation further confirms that the proposed scheme preserves more structural information and improves the perceptual quality of the encoded video.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7744, Visual Communications and Image Processing 2010, 77441B (4 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.863266
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Tao-Sheng Ou, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Yi-Hsin Huang, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Homer H. Chen, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7744:
Visual Communications and Image Processing 2010
Pascal Frossard; Houqiang Li; Feng Wu; Bernd Girod; Shipeng Li; Guo Wei, Editor(s)

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