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Concealment driven bit rate reduction using the H.264 video coding standard
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Paper Abstract

With the continual increase in both popularity and power of portable multimedia devices, it is often desirable to stream video across telephone networks using modern encoding standards, even when the transmission network has only limited bandwidth available. This paper demonstrates an alternative use of the passive error concealment algorithm that is currently used in the H.264 video coding standard. As each macroblock is encoded a concealed version is also generated in the same way that a decoder would conceal an erroneous macroblock. Occasionally the concealed version is mathematically closer to the original source than the normally reconstructed version, in these cases the macroblock is flagged as containing no data and is not included in the bit stream. The decoder then uses the already present weighted pixel value averaging concealment technique to reconstruct the flagged macroblocks as it renders the picture. The proposed method has been tested over a wide variety of test sequences at various sizes and qualities; the outcome of the research is that for almost identical mathematical and visual metric results, a significant reduction in the bit stream size can be achieved, in some cases by as much as 5%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 February 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6074, Multimedia on Mobile Devices II, 607403 (2 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.643086
Show Author Affiliations
Steven T. C. Beesley, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
Andrew J. Armstrong, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
Christos Grecos, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
David J. Parish, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6074:
Multimedia on Mobile Devices II
Reiner Creutzburg; Jarmo H. Takala; Chang Wen Chen, Editor(s)

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