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An H.264 weighted prediction parameter estimation method for fade effects in video scenes

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2 Author(s)
Aoki, H. ; Common Platform Software Res. Labs., NEC Corp., Tokyo ; Miyamoto, Y.

This paper presents a parameter estimation method that makes H.264's weighted prediction (WP) practical for fade effects with quasi-optimal accuracy and low computational cost. Its high accuracy results from the fact that it is based on a theoretically-derived approximate relationship between ideal WP parameters and image characteristics that are robust with respect to motion. The method uses only simple intra-frame image characteristics, and its computational cost is therefore negligible compared with that of the encoding process itself. Experimental results show that its performance is only 1.6% worse than when ideal WP parameters are used, as opposed to degradation of from 56% to 73% with conventional methods.

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Image Processing, 2008. ICIP 2008. 15th IEEE International Conference on

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12-15 Oct. 2008