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Content-adaptive frame level rate control for video encoding using a perceptual video quality measure
Author(s): Tamar Shoham; Dror Gill; Sharon Carmel; Nikolay Terterov; Pavel Tiktov
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Paper Abstract

Reaching an optimal trade-off between maximal perceptual quality of reconstructed video and minimal bitrate of the compressed video stream under a maximum bitrate constraint, for a wide variety of content, is a significant challenge and one that has major cost and user-experience implications for video content providers and consumers alike. This challenge is often addressed with content adaptive encoding, and generally strives to reach the optimal bit-rate per content at clip or scene level. Our solution presented herein, goes a step further, and performs encoder adaptation at the frame level. In this paper we describe our closed loop, optimized video encoder which performs encoding to the lowest bitrate which still preserves the perceptual quality of an encode to the target bitrate. The optimization is performed on a frame-by-frame basis, guaranteeing the visual quality of the video, in a manner that minimizes additional encoder complexity, thus making the solution applicable for live or real-time encoding. We also describe our subjectively tuned, low complexity, perceptual video quality metric which is the engine driving this solution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 September 2019
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 11137, Applications of Digital Image Processing XLII, 111370Q (6 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2527988
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Tamar Shoham, Beamr Imaging Ltd. (Israel)
Dror Gill, Beamr Imaging Ltd. (Israel)
Sharon Carmel, Beamr Imaging Ltd. (Israel)
Nikolay Terterov, Beamr Imaging Ltd. (Russian Federation)
Pavel Tiktov, Beamr Imaging Ltd. (Russian Federation)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11137:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XLII
Andrew G. Tescher; Touradj Ebrahimi, Editor(s)

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