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Low-Complexity Joint Temporal-Quality Scalability Rate Control for H.264/SVC

Atta, Randa and Ghanbari, Mohammad (2018) 'Low-Complexity Joint Temporal-Quality Scalability Rate Control for H.264/SVC.' IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, 28 (9). pp. 2331-2344. ISSN 1051-8215

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Rate control in scalable video coding (SVC) is a very challenging problem because of the inter-layer prediction structure, which makes developing an efficient rate-control algorithm complex and difficult. Little prior work is available for joint temporal-quality (T-Q) scalability considering the rate-distortion (R-D) dependence among the temporal and quality layers. However, most of the rate-control algorithms in SVC suffer from high computational complexity, growing significantly with the number of layers. In this paper, a single-pass joint temporal-quality rate-control algorithm is presented for H.264/SVC. In this algorithm, by analyzing the R-D dependence of joint T-Q scalability, Cauchy distribution-based rate-quantization, and distortion-quantization models, a set of empirical values are first derived to estimate the initial values of the R-D model parameters for the joint temporal and quality layers. Then, a novel prediction mechanism to update these model parameters is proposed to allocate the bit budgets efficiently among the temporal and quality layers, and hence to improve the performance of the proposed algorithm. Experimental results show that the proposed algorithm achieves better coding efficiency with low computational complexity compared with two other benchmark rate-control algorithms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: H.264/SVC; temporal-quality scalability; joint bit allocation; rate-distortion optimization; video coding
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2019 14:39
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:51

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