An efficient rate control algorithm for a wavelet video codec

Tun, Myo and Loo, Jonathan and Cosmas, John (2009) An efficient rate control algorithm for a wavelet video codec. International Journal of Wavelets, Multiresolution and Information Processing (IJWMIP), 7 (5). pp. 567-585. ISSN 0219-6913

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Abstract

Rate control plays an essential role in video coding and transmission to provide the best video quality at the receiver's end given the constraint of certain network conditions. In this paper, a rate control algorithm using the Quality Factor (QF) optimization method is proposed for the wavelet-based video codec and implemented on an open source Dirac video encoder. A mathematical model which we call Rate-QF (R - QF) model is derived to generate the optimum QF for the current coding frame according to the target bitrate. The proposed algorithm is a complete one pass process and does not require complex mathematical calculation. The process of calculating the QF is quite simple and further calculation is not required for each coded frame. The experimental results show that the proposed algorithm can control the bitrate precisely (within 1% of target bitrate in average). Moreover, the variation of bitrate over each Group of Pictures (GOPs) is lower than that of H.264. This is an advantage in preventing the buffer overflow and underflow for real-time multimedia data streaming.

Item Type:Article
Research Areas:School of Science and Technology > Computer and Communications Engineering
School of Science and Technology > Science & Technology
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ID Code:7808
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