An HEVC-Compliant Fast Screen Content Transcoding Framework Based on Mode Mapping

Fanyi Duanmu, Zhan Ma, Meng Xu, Yao Wang

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This paper presents a novel fast transcoding framework to efficiently bridge the state-of-Art high efficiency video coding (HEVC) standard and its screen content coding (SCC) extension to support the bitstream compatibility over legacy HEVC devices. By exploiting the side information from the SCC bitstream, fast mode and partition decisions are made to accurately translate the novel SCC modes to conventional HEVC modes based on statistical mode mapping techniques. Compared with the full-decoding-full-encoding (FDFE) solution, the proposed framework achieves on average 51% and 82% complexity reductions with 0.57% Bjontegaard-delta rate (BD-Rate) loss and 9.74% BD-Rate gain under all-intra (AI) and low-delay (LD) configurations, respectively. Compared with the direct transcoding reusing intra mode and inter motion, the proposed mode mapping framework introduces additional 23% and 6% complexity reductions for AI and LD encoding configurations with 0.43% BD-Rate loss and 1.10% BD-Rate saving, respectively. The proposed solution is extended to support the single-input-multiple-output screen content adaptive streaming at the edge clouds, where an SCC bitstream coded in high quality is transcoded into multiple HEVC bitstreams in reduced qualities. Our proposed solution achieves on average 49% and 76% complexity reductions with 0.78% BD-Rate loss and 7.40% BD-Rate gain under AI and LD configurations, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8485641
Pages (from-to)3068-3082
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2019


  • High efficiency video coding (HEVC)
  • fast mode decision
  • mode mapping
  • screen content coding (SCC)
  • video transcoding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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