Q-STAR: A perceptual video quality model considering impact of spatial, temporal, and amplitude resolutions

Yen Fu Ou, Yuanyi Xue, Yao Wang

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In this paper, we investigate the impact of spatial, temporal, and amplitude resolution on the perceptual quality of a compressed video. Subjective quality tests were carried out on a mobile device and a total of 189 processed video sequences with 10 source sequences included in the test. Subjective data reveal that the impact of spatial resolution (SR), temporal resolution (TR), and quantization stepsize (QS) can each be captured by a function with a single content-dependent parameter, which indicates the decay rate of the quality with each resolution factor. The joint impact of SR, TR, and QS can be accurately modeled by the product of these three functions with only three parameters. The impact of SR and QS on the quality are independent of that of TR, but there are significant interactions between SR and QS. Furthermore, the model parameters can be predicted accurately from a few content features derived from the original video. The proposed model correlates well with the subjective ratings with a Pearson correlation coefficient of 0.985 when the model parameters are predicted from content features. The quality model is further validated on six other subjective rating data sets with very high accuracy and outperforms several well-known quality models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6728690
Pages (from-to)2473-2486
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Image Processing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2014


  • Perceptual video quality
  • frame rate
  • quality model
  • quantization
  • scalable video
  • spatial resolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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