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Reference picture selection using checkerboard pattern for resilient video coding

Carreira, J. F. M. ; Assunção, P.A. ; Faria, S.M.M. ; Ekmekcioglu, E.E. ; Kondoz, A.

Reference picture selection using checkerboard pattern for resilient video coding, Proc Visual Communications and Image Processing - VCIP, Singapore, Singapore, Vol. 1, pp. 1 - 4, December, 2015.

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/VCIP.2015.7457852


The improved compression efficiency achieved by the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard has the counter-effect of decreasing error resilience in transmission over error-prone channels. To increase the error resilience of HEVC streams, this paper proposes a checkerboard reference picture selection method in order to reduce the prediction mismatch at the decoder in case of frame losses. The proposed approach not only allows to reduce the error propagation at the decoder, but also enhances the quality of reconstructed frames by selectively constraining the choice of reference pictures used for temporal prediction. The underlying approach is to increase the amount of accurate temporal information at the decoder when transmission errors occur, to improve the video quality by using an efficient combination of diverse motion fields. The proposed method compensates for the small loss of coding efficiency at frame loss rates as low as 3%. For a single frame-loss event the proposed method can achieve up to 2 dB of gain in the affected frames and an average quality gain of 0.84 dB for different error prone conditions.