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Title: No-reference quality assessment of H.264/AVC encoded video
Authors: Brandão, Tomás
Queluz, Mara Paula
Keywords: Video quality
Image quality
Parameter estimationn
No-reference metric
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Publisher: IEEE
Abstract: This paper proposes a no-reference quality assessment metric for digital video subject to H.264/advanced video coding encoding. The proposed metric comprises two main steps: coding error estimation and perceptual weighting of this error. Error estimates are computed in the transform domain, assuming that discrete cosine transform (DCT) coefficients are corrupted by quantization noise. The DCT coefficient distributions are modeled using Cauchy or Laplace probability density functions, whose parameterization is performed using the quantized coefficient data and quantization steps. Parameter estimation is based on a maximum-likelihood estimation method combined with linear prediction. The linear prediction scheme takes advantage of the correlation between parameter values at neighbor DCT spatial frequencies. As for the perceptual weighting module, it is based on a spatiotemporal contrast sensitivity function applied to the DCT domain that compensates image plane movement by considering the movements of the human eye, namely smooth pursuit, natural drift, and saccadic movements. The video related inputs for the perceptual model are the motion vectors and the frame rate, which are also extracted from the encoded video. Subjective video quality assessment tests have been carried out in order to validate the results of the metric. A set of 11 video sequences, spanning a wide range of content, have been encoded at different bitrates and the outcome was subject to quality evaluation. Results show that the quality scores computed by the proposed algorithm are well correlated with the mean opinion scores associated to the subjective assessment.
Description: WOS:000283952100005 (Nº de Acesso Web of Science)
“Prémio Científico ISCTE-IUL 2011”
Peer reviewed: Sim
ISSN: 1051-8215
Publisher version: The definitive version is available at IEEE:
Appears in Collections:CTI-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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