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Improving the quality of H.264/AVC by using a new rate-quantization model
Author(s): M. Hrarti; H. Saadane; M.-C. Larabi; A. Tamtaoui; D. Aboutajdine
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Paper Abstract

Rate control plays a key role in video coding standards. Its goal is to achieve a good quality at a given target bit-rate. In H.264/AVC, rate control algorithm for both Intra and Inter-frames suffers from some defects. In the Intra-frame rate control, the initial quantization parameter (QP) is mainly adjusted according to a global target bit-rate and length of GOP. This determination is inappropriate and generates errors in the whole of video sequence. For Inter coding unit (Frame or Macroblock), the use of MAD (Mean Average Differences) as a complexity measure, remains inefficient, resulting in improper QP values because the MAD handles locally images characteristics. QP miscalculations may also result from the linear prediction model which assumes similar complexity from coding unit to another. To overcome these defects, we propose in this paper, a new Rate-Quantization (R-Q) model resulting from extensive experiments. This latter is divided into two models. The first one is an Intra R-Q model used to determine an optimal initial quantization parameter for Intraframes. The second one is an Inter R-Q model that aims at determining the QP of Inter coding unit according to the statistics of the previous coded ones. It does not use any complexity measure and substitutes both linear and quadratic models used in H.264/AVC rate controller. Objective and subjective simulations have been carried out using JM15.0 reference software. Compared to this latter, the global R-Q model (Intra and Inter models combined) improves the coding efficiency in terms of PSNR, objectively (up to +2.01dB), subjectively (by psychophysical experiments) and in terms of computational complexity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 January 2011
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7867, Image Quality and System Performance VIII, 78670J (24 January 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.872426
Show Author Affiliations
M. Hrarti, XLIM-SIC Lab., Univ. of Poitiers (France)
GSCM-LRIT Lab., Univ. Mohamed V (Morocco)
H. Saadane, XLIM-SIC Lab., Univ. of Poitiers (France)
Nantes Univ. (France)
M.-C. Larabi, XLIM-SIC Lab., Univ. of Poitiers (France)
A. Tamtaoui, LTI Lab., National Institute of Post and Telecommunications (Morocco)
D. Aboutajdine, GSCM-LRIT Lab., Univ. Mohamed V (Morocco)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7867:
Image Quality and System Performance VIII
Susan P. Farnand; Frans Gaykema, Editor(s)

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