3-tier dynamically adaptive power-aware Motion Estimator for H.264/AVC video encoding

Muhammad Shafique, Lars Bauer, Jörg Henkel

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Abstract

The limitation of energy in portable communication/entertainment devices necessitates the reduction of video encoding complexity. The H.264/AVC video coding standard is one of the latest video codecs and features a complex Motion Estimation scheme that accounts for a major part of the encoder energy[2]. We therefore present a power-aware Motion Estimator for H.264 that adapts at run time according to the available energy level. We perform a set of adaptations at different Processing Stages of Motion Estimation. Our results show that in case of CIF videos (typically used in portable devices; but our approach is equally applicable to other video resolutions too), we achieve an average energy reduction of 52 times and 27 times as compared to UMHexagonS[12] and EPZS [14] respectively. This energy saving comes at the cost of an average loss of only 0.39 dB in Peak Signal to Noise Ratio (PSNR: an objective quality measure) and 23% increase in area (synthesized for 90nm technology).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISLPED'08
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2008 International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design
Pages147-152
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
EventISLPED'08: 13th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design - Bangalore, India
Duration: Aug 11 2008Aug 13 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design
ISSN (Print)1533-4678

Conference

ConferenceISLPED'08: 13th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design
CountryIndia
CityBangalore
Period8/11/088/13/08

Keywords

  • Early termination
  • H.264
  • Low complexity
  • Low power
  • Motion Estimation
  • MPEG-4 AVC
  • Run-time adaptation
  • Search pattern

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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