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Up-sampling of YCbCr4:2:0 image exploiting inter-color correlation in RGB domain

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2 Author(s)
Itoh, Y. ; Software Lab., Texas Instrum. Japan, Tsukuba, Japan ; Ono, T.

This paper introduces a practical inter-color up-sampling algorithm for images with decimated chrominance components. Most of the existing and emerging image and video compression coding standards such as JPEG, MPEG and H.26x families employ YCbCr4:2:0 chrominance format. After reconstructing the YCbCr4:2:0 image at a decoder, one must up-sample the decoded chrominance signals by a factor of two in both horizontal and vertical directions to generate the YCbCr4:4:4 format image, which is eventually transformed to RGB color space especially for displaying the reconstructed image. Then, we focus on generating high-fidelity RGB image, (but not an intermediate YCbCr image), and propose an innovative up-sampling algorithm that exploits the RGB inter-channel correlation. This is based on the fact that the RGB inter-channel correlation is usually higher than the YCbCr inter-channel correlation. The simulation results show that the proposed method outperforms the state-of-the-art method and a bi-linear method with regard to the objective quality measures. In addition, the proposed algorithm is less expensive than the state-of-the-art technology in terms of the resource requirements.

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Consumer Electronics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

November 2009

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