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Joint-layer encoder optimization for HEVC scalable extensions
Author(s): Chia-Ming Tsai; Yuwen He; Jie Dong; Yan Ye; Xiaoyu Xiu; Yong He
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Paper Abstract

Scalable video coding provides an efficient solution to support video playback on heterogeneous devices with various channel conditions in heterogeneous networks. SHVC is the latest scalable video coding standard based on the HEVC standard. To improve enhancement layer coding efficiency, inter-layer prediction including texture and motion information generated from the base layer is used for enhancement layer coding. However, the overall performance of the SHVC reference encoder is not fully optimized because rate-distortion optimization (RDO) processes in the base and enhancement layers are independently considered. It is difficult to directly extend the existing joint-layer optimization methods to SHVC due to the complicated coding tree block splitting decisions and in-loop filtering process (e.g., deblocking and sample adaptive offset (SAO) filtering) in HEVC. To solve those problems, a joint-layer optimization method is proposed by adjusting the quantization parameter (QP) to optimally allocate the bit resource between layers. Furthermore, to make more proper resource allocation, the proposed method also considers the viewing probability of base and enhancement layers according to packet loss rate. Based on the viewing probability, a novel joint-layer RD cost function is proposed for joint-layer RDO encoding. The QP values of those coding tree units (CTUs) belonging to lower layers referenced by higher layers are decreased accordingly, and the QP values of those remaining CTUs are increased to keep total bits unchanged. Finally the QP values with minimal joint-layer RD cost are selected to match the viewing probability. The proposed method was applied to the third temporal level (TL-3) pictures in the Random Access configuration. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed joint-layer optimization method can improve coding performance by 1.3% for these TL-3 pictures compared to the SHVC reference encoder without joint-layer optimization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9217, Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXVII, 92170R (23 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2063470
Show Author Affiliations
Chia-Ming Tsai, InterDigital Communications, Inc. (United States)
Yuwen He, InterDigital Communications, Inc. (United States)
Jie Dong, InterDigital Communications, Inc. (United States)
Yan Ye, InterDigital Communications, Inc. (United States)
Xiaoyu Xiu, InterDigital Communications, Inc. (United States)
Yong He, InterDigital Communications, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9217:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXVII
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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