Non-linear rate control for H.264/AVC video encoder with multiple picture types using image-statistics and motion-based macroblock prioritization

Muhammad Shafique, Bastian Molkenthin, Jörg Henkel

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Abstract

A Rate Control (RC) algorithm is a primitive block of video encoders that fulfills the bandwidth and buffer constraints for given channel and application properties. State-of-the-art RC schemes perform inefficient in terms of buffer and quality smoothness when handling varying Rate Distortion characteristics of different picture types (I, P, B) and different MBs in one picture (e.g. bright, textured, static/ moving MBs) while posing a high computational overhead. In this paper, we propose a novel RC scheme that covers GOP, picture/ slice, and Basic Unit levels. It treats different picture types (I, P, B) in a non-linear fashion with consideration of whether they are referenced or non-referenced pictures. Our novel RC scheme prioritizes Macroblocks depending upon their spatial and temporal characteristics (considering eye-catching regions) for refined Quantization Parameter allocation. Compared to RC-Mode-3 [8] (i.e. the latest RC Mode in JM reference software [2]), our RC achieves up to 77.8% and 72.4% reduced buffer- and quality fluctuations, respectively. Compared to RC-Mode-0, our RC provides 2.97dB (i.e. 7.2%) better PSNR for the mixed Susie sequence. Moreover, our proposed RC is 16.6x faster than the RC-Mode-0 when executing on Intel Core2Duo T5500 (1.66 GHz).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2009 - Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
Pages3429-3432
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781424456543
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2009 - Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Nov 7 2009Nov 10 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP
ISSN (Print)1522-4880

Other

Other2009 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2009
CountryEgypt
CityCairo
Period11/7/0911/10/09

Keywords

  • H.264/AVC
  • Multiple picture types
  • Rate control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing

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