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Quality Evaluations and algorithmic Improvement of the next Generation Video Coding - HEVC
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Department of Electronics and Telecommunications.
2011 (English)MasteroppgaveStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The increased processing power and screen sizes of mobile devices has made it desirable to watch multimedia presentations on the go. On such devices the data network bandwidth is usually the limiting factor, which imposes a tradeoff between quality and resolution on the presented content. A new video compression system called High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) is currently under development. The vision of HEVC is to create a compression system that achieves the same quality at half the bit rate compared to the existing H.264/AVC standard [2]. The goal of this thesis is to investigate how HEVC performs compared to H.264/AVC using mobile platforms and sport content as the scenario. The subjective test was conducted on an Apple iPad. It indicated that HEVC has a clear gain in compression compared to H.264/AVC. On average at a resolution of 640x368, HEVC achieved a good quality rating at approximately 550 kilobit per second while H.264/AVC did almost reach this quality at 1000 kilobit per second. However, it was shown that subjective quality gain varied over content. The objective measurements showed an overall reduction in bit rate of 32% for the luma component. However, the reduction of bit rate was highly variable over content and resolution. A high correlation between the subjective and objective measurements was found, which indicates that it was almost a linear relationship between the reported subjective and objective results. In addition, a proposed deblocking filter was implemented. The filter applies a new filter function of the luma samples and performs line based filtering decision. On average the reduction in bit rate was reported to be 0.4%, with a maximum reduction of 0.8% for the luma component. The decoding time relative to the second version of the HEVC test model was reported to be 1.5% higher. This is most likely due to the line based filtering decision. The general impression of HEVC is that it has the ability to reach the stated vision, and perhaps even surpass, when finalized.

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Institutt for elektronikk og telekommunikasjon , 2011. , 99 p.
Keyword [no]
ntnudaim:6197, MTEL elektronikk, Digital kommunikasjon
URN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-14174Local ID: ntnudaim:6197OAI: diva2:448151
Available from: 2011-10-14 Created: 2011-10-14

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