Bit Allocation for Fine-Granular SNR Scalability Coding with Hierarchical B Pictures


Hierarchical B pictures are devised to achieve temporal scalability in the scalable extension of H.264/AVC (SVC) which is under standardization. The fine-granular SNR scalability (FGS) can be provided by progressive refinement (PR) slices in SVC. In this paper, we firstly investigate error propagation in the case of discarding PR slices and obtain a rate difference distortion optimization criterion to improve coding efficiency of base layer. Then we consider the full rate case and propose a rate distortion slope criterion to enhance FGS coding efficiency at high rate. Finally the criterion to boost coding efficiency in the whole range of FGS rate is derived by combing the criterions derived previously. The proposed method is compared to the approach in SVC test model and up to 0.3dB coding gains are achieved.

Multimedia and Expo, 2007 IEEE International Conference on
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.