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Considering Temporal Variations of Spatial Visual Distortions in Video Quality Assessment

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Ninassi, A. ; Thomson Corp. Res., Cesson-Sevigne ; Le Meur, O. ; Le Callet, P. ; Barba, D.

The temporal distortions such as flickering, jerkiness, and mosquito noise play a fundamental part in video quality assessment. A temporal distortion is commonly defined as the temporal evolution, or fluctuation, of the spatial distortion on a particular area which corresponds to the image of a specific object in the scene. Perception of spatial distortions over time can be largely modified by their temporal changes, such as increase or decrease in the distortions, or as periodic changes in the distortions. In this paper, we have designed a perceptual full reference video quality assessment metric by focusing on the temporal evolutions of the spatial distortions. As the perception of the temporal distortions is closely linked to the visual attention mechanisms, we have chosen to first evaluate the temporal distortion at eye fixation level. In this short-term temporal pooling, the video sequence is divided into spatio-temporal segments in which the spatio-temporal distortions are evaluated, resulting in spatio-temporal distortion maps. Afterwards, the global quality score of the whole video sequence is obtained by the long-term temporal pooling in which the spatio-temporal maps are spatially and temporally pooled. Consistent improvement over objective existing video quality assessment methods is observed. Our validation has been realized with a dataset built from video sequences of various contents.

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Selected Topics in Signal Processing, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

April 2009

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