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Towards Rate-Distortion Tradeoff in Real-Time Color Video Coding

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2 Author(s)
Zhenzhong Chen ; Dept. of Electron. Eng., Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong ; King Ngi Ngan

In this paper, we address the key problem in real-time video coding, the rate-distortion (R-D) tradeoff. As most video coding applications employ color images, we analyze the R-D modeling problem of the color image sequence. We investigate that the R-D characteristics of color video signal in traditional transform-based video coding systems should be modeled for the luminance and chrominance components separately. So we propose separable R-D models for color video coding. The feedback from the encoder buffer is analyzed by a control-theoretic adaptation approach to avoid buffer overflow and underflow. To achieve smooth video quality and satisfy the delay constraints in real-time applications, a novel R-D tradeoff controller is designed. In the proposed R-D tradeoff framework, both the quality variation and buffer safety are considered. Extensive simulation results demonstrate that the proposed approach can achieve smooth video quality without sacrificing overall quality while efficiently utilize the bandwidth without buffer overflow or underflow

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IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 2 )