Rate Distortion Optimization: A Joint Framework and Algorithms for Random Access Hierarchical Video Coding


This paper revisits the problem of rate distortion optimization (RDO) with focus on inter-picture dependence. A joint RDO framework which incorporates the Lagrange multiplier as one of parameters to be optimized is proposed. Simplification strategies are demonstrated for practical applications. To make the problem tractable, we consider an approach where prediction residuals of pictures in a video sequence are assumed to be emitted from a finite set of sources. Consequently the RDO problem is formulated as finding optimal coding parameters for a finite number of sources, regardless of the length of the video sequence. Specifically, in cases where a hierarchical prediction structure is used, prediction residuals of pictures at the same prediction layer are assumed to be emitted from a common source. Following this approach, we propose an iterative algorithm to alternatively optimize the selections of quantization parameters (QPs) and the corresponding Lagrange multipliers. Based on the results of the iterative algorithm, we further propose two practical algorithms to compute QPs and the Lagrange multipliers for the RA(random access) hierarchical video coding: the first practical algorithm uses a fixed formula to compute QPs and the Lagrange multipliers, and the second practical algorithm adaptively adjusts both QPs and the Lagrange multipliers. Experimental results show that these three algorithms, integrated into the HM 16.20 reference software of HEVC, can achieve considerable RD improvements over the standard HM 16.20 encoder, in the common RA test configuration.

IEEE Transactions on Image Processing
Li Song
Li Song
Professor, IEEE Senior Member

Professor, Doctoral Supervisor, the Deputy Director of the Institute of Image Communication and Network Engineering of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Double-Appointed Professor of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and the Collaborative Innovation Center of Future Media Network, the Deputy Secretary-General of the China Video User Experience Alliance and head of the standards group.