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2014
Summary:
Recently, multimedia applications and their use have grown dramatically in popularity in strong part due to mobile device adoption by the consumer market. Applications, such as video conferencing, have gained popularity. These applications and others have a strong video component that uses the mobile device’s resources. These resources include processing time, network bandwidth, memory use, and battery life. The goal is to reduce the need of these resources by reducing the complexity of the coding process. Mobile devices offer unique characteristics that can be exploited for optimizing video codecs. The combination of small display size, video resolution, and human vision factors, such as acuity, allow encoder optimizations that will not (or minimally) impact subjective quality. The focus of this dissertation is optimizing video services in mobile environments. Industry has begun migrating from H.264 video coding to a more resource intensive but compression efficient High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). However, there has been no proper evaluation and optimization of HEVC for mobile environments. Subjective quality evaluations were performed to assess relative quality between H.264 and HEVC. This will allow for better use of device resources and migration to new codecs where it is most useful. Complexity of HEVC is a significant barrier to adoption on mobile devices and complexity reduction methods are necessary. Optimal use of encoding options is needed to maximize quality and compression while minimizing encoding time. Methods for optimizing coding mode selection for HEVC were developed. Complexity of HEVC encoding can be further reduced by exploiting the mismatch between the resolution of the video, resolution of the mobile display, and the ability of the human eyes to acquire and process video under these conditions. The perceptual optimizations developed in this dissertation use the properties of spatial (visual acuity) and temporal information processing (motion perception) to reduce the complexity of HEVC encoding. A unique feature of the proposed methods is that they reduce encoding complexity and encoding time. The proposed HEVC encoder optimization methods reduced encoding time by 21.7% and bitrate by 13.4% with insignificant impact on subjective quality evaluations. These methods can easily be implemented today within HEVC.
Title: HEVC optimization in mobile environments.
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Name(s): Garcia, Ray, author
Kalva, Hari, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2014
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 154 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Recently, multimedia applications and their use have grown dramatically in popularity in strong part due to mobile device adoption by the consumer market. Applications, such as video conferencing, have gained popularity. These applications and others have a strong video component that uses the mobile device’s resources. These resources include processing time, network bandwidth, memory use, and battery life. The goal is to reduce the need of these resources by reducing the complexity of the coding process. Mobile devices offer unique characteristics that can be exploited for optimizing video codecs. The combination of small display size, video resolution, and human vision factors, such as acuity, allow encoder optimizations that will not (or minimally) impact subjective quality. The focus of this dissertation is optimizing video services in mobile environments. Industry has begun migrating from H.264 video coding to a more resource intensive but compression efficient High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). However, there has been no proper evaluation and optimization of HEVC for mobile environments. Subjective quality evaluations were performed to assess relative quality between H.264 and HEVC. This will allow for better use of device resources and migration to new codecs where it is most useful. Complexity of HEVC is a significant barrier to adoption on mobile devices and complexity reduction methods are necessary. Optimal use of encoding options is needed to maximize quality and compression while minimizing encoding time. Methods for optimizing coding mode selection for HEVC were developed. Complexity of HEVC encoding can be further reduced by exploiting the mismatch between the resolution of the video, resolution of the mobile display, and the ability of the human eyes to acquire and process video under these conditions. The perceptual optimizations developed in this dissertation use the properties of spatial (visual acuity) and temporal information processing (motion perception) to reduce the complexity of HEVC encoding. A unique feature of the proposed methods is that they reduce encoding complexity and encoding time. The proposed HEVC encoder optimization methods reduced encoding time by 21.7% and bitrate by 13.4% with insignificant impact on subjective quality evaluations. These methods can easily be implemented today within HEVC.
Identifier: FA00004112 (IID)
Degree granted: Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2014.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Coding theory
Digital coding -- Data processing
Image processing -- Digital techniques
Multimedia systems
Video compression
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