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Scalable video coding (SVC), which is the scalable extension of the H.264/AVC standard, was developed by the Joint Video Team (JVT) of ISO/IEC MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group) and ITU-T VCEG (Video Coding Experts Group). SVC is designed to provide adaptation capability for heterogeneous network structures and different receiving devices with the help of temporal, spatial, and quality scalabilities. It is challenging to achieve graceful quality degradation in an error-prone environment, since channel errors can drastically deteriorate the quality of the video. Error resilient coding and error concealment techniques have been introduced into SVC to reduce the quality degradation impact of transmission errors. Some of the techniques are inherited from or applicable also to H.264/AVC, while some of them take advantage of the SVC coding structure and coding tools. In this paper, the error resilient coding and error concealment tools in SVC are first reviewed. Then, several important tools such as loss-aware rate-distortion optimized macroblock mode decision algorithm and error concealment methods in SVC are discussed and experimental results are provided to show the benefits from them. The results demonstrate that PSNR gains can be achieved for the conventional inter prediction (IPPP) coding structure or the hierarchical bi-predictive (B) picture coding structure with large group of pictures size, for all the tested sequences and under various combinations of packet loss rates, compared with the basic joint scalable video model (JSVM) design applying no error resilient tools at the encoder and only picture copy error concealment method at the decoder.
Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:19 , Issue: 6 )
Date of Publication: June 2009