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In this work we compare standard-compliant H.264 video transmission with an efficient fine granular scalable coding method based on H. 264, the progressive texture video coding (PTVC) scheme in a wireless conversational application environment. Therefore, we operate on a simple but meaningful wireless channel model, the block-fading AWGN channel. This model is suitable to represent wireless transmission conditions with respect to time-variance and resource limitations. Suitable error control schemes based on punctured high-memory conventional codes and appropriate decoding methods are applied. Rate-control based on rate-distortion criteria allows selecting optimized source and channel coding rates for both video-coding schemes. In addition, the exploitation of network feedback - typically available in conversational services - is employed using NEWPRED techniques. A fair comparison of the systems shows that the standard-compliant non-scalable system outperforms the advanced scalable systems in terms of average decoded PSNR. The benefits of the scalable system are discussed and also presented via experimental results.
Multimedia and Expo, 2003. ICME '03. Proceedings. 2003 International Conference on (Volume:1 )
Date of Conference: 6-9 July 2003