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Robust measurement of the blocking artefact
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Paper Abstract

A method is presented to measure the intensity of the blocking artefact in compressed pictures or video frames. First, a way is devised to artificially introduce pure blocking, which closely resembles the real one subsequent to JPEG compression. Then a modified no-reference measurement is proposed that requires less computations than other formerly presented methods, permits to take into account the whole image or frame area, and is not affected by interlaced video. Some first experiments indicate that the measured values relate closely to the introduced blockiness effect. The robustness of the metric to the influence of other typical JPEG artefacts is also checked. Further, the effect on blockiness of some enhancement strategies is measured. Pictures enhanced with methods introducing the most severe blockiness are found to have the highest value of the proposed metric. Finally the problem of blockiness measurement in video sequences is addressed. In this case the blocking grid is no longer regular. In fact, blocks of different size could be used in encoding, and single blocks could be shifted in referenced (P and B) frames due to motion compensation. A method is devised for grid detection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 February 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7245, Image Processing: Algorithms and Systems VII, 72450K (10 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.805726
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Giovanni Ramponi, Univ. degli Studi di Trieste (Italy)
Leonardo Abate, Univ. degli Studi di Trieste (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7245:
Image Processing: Algorithms and Systems VII
Nasser M. Nasrabadi; Jaakko T. Astola; Karen O. Egiazarian; Syed A. Rizvi, Editor(s)

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