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Bit-depth scalable video coding with new inter-layer prediction

Author(s): Chiang Jui-Chiu | Kuo Wan-Ting | Kao Po-Han

Journal: EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing
ISSN 1687-6172

Volume: 2011;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 23;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: scalable video coding | bit-depth | high-dynamic range | inter-layer prediction

Abstract The rapid advances in the capture and display of high-dynamic range (HDR) image/video content make it imperative to develop efficient compression techniques to deal with the huge amounts of HDR data. Since HDR device is not yet popular for the moment, the compatibility problems should be considered when rendering HDR content on conventional display devices. To this end, in this study, we propose three H.264/AVC-based bit-depth scalable video-coding schemes, called the LH scheme (low bit-depth to high bit-depth), the HL scheme (high bit-depth to low bit-depth), and the combined LH-HL scheme, respectively. The schemes efficiently exploit the high correlation between the high and the low bit-depth layers on the macroblock (MB) level. Experimental results demonstrate that the HL scheme outperforms the other two schemes in some scenarios. Moreover, it achieves up to 7 dB improvement over the simulcast approach when the high and low bit-depth representations are 12 bits and 8 bits, respectively.
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