A low energy adaptive motion estimation hardware for H.264 multiview video coding

A low energy adaptive motion estimation hardware for H.264 multiview video coding Multiview video coding (MVC) is the process of efficiently compressing stereo (two views) or multiview video signals. The improved compression efficiency achieved by H.264 MVC comes with a significant increase in computational complexity. Temporal prediction and inter-view prediction are the most computationally intensive parts of H.264 MVC. Therefore, in this paper, we propose novel techniques for reducing the amount of computations performed by temporal and inter-view predictions in H.264 MVC. The proposed techniques reduce the amount of computations performed by temporal and inter-view predictions significantly with very small PSNR loss and bit rate increase. We also propose a low energy adaptive H.264 MVC motion estimation hardware for implementing the temporal and inter-view predictions including the proposed computation reduction techniques. The proposed hardware is implemented in Verilog HDL and mapped to a Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA. The FPGA implementation is capable of processing 30 × 8 = 240 frames per second (fps) of CIF (352 × 288) size eight view video sequence or 30 × 2 = 60 fps of VGA (640 × 480) size stereo (two views) video sequence. The proposed techniques reduce the energy consumption of this hardware significantly. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Real-Time Image Processing Springer Journals

A low energy adaptive motion estimation hardware for H.264 multiview video coding

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Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Subject
Computer Science; Image Processing and Computer Vision; Multimedia Information Systems; Computer Graphics; Pattern Recognition; Signal,Image and Speech Processing
ISSN
1861-8200
eISSN
1861-8219
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11554-013-0383-9
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Abstract

Multiview video coding (MVC) is the process of efficiently compressing stereo (two views) or multiview video signals. The improved compression efficiency achieved by H.264 MVC comes with a significant increase in computational complexity. Temporal prediction and inter-view prediction are the most computationally intensive parts of H.264 MVC. Therefore, in this paper, we propose novel techniques for reducing the amount of computations performed by temporal and inter-view predictions in H.264 MVC. The proposed techniques reduce the amount of computations performed by temporal and inter-view predictions significantly with very small PSNR loss and bit rate increase. We also propose a low energy adaptive H.264 MVC motion estimation hardware for implementing the temporal and inter-view predictions including the proposed computation reduction techniques. The proposed hardware is implemented in Verilog HDL and mapped to a Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA. The FPGA implementation is capable of processing 30 × 8 = 240 frames per second (fps) of CIF (352 × 288) size eight view video sequence or 30 × 2 = 60 fps of VGA (640 × 480) size stereo (two views) video sequence. The proposed techniques reduce the energy consumption of this hardware significantly.

Journal

Journal of Real-Time Image ProcessingSpringer Journals

Published: Dec 11, 2013

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