Signal, Image and Video Processing

, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp 1103–1112

Fast motion estimation for surveillance video compression

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11760-012-0355-8

Cite this article as:
Akram, M. & Izquierdo, E. SIViP (2013) 7: 1103. doi:10.1007/s11760-012-0355-8


In this article, novel approaches to perform efficient motion estimation specific to surveillance video compression are proposed. These includes (i) selective (ii) tracker-based and (iii) multi-frame-based motion estimation. In selective approach, motion vector search is performed for only those frames that contain some motion activity. In another approach, contrary to performing motion estimation on the encoder side, motion vectors are calculated using information of a surveillance video tracker. This approach is quicker but for some scenarios it degrades the visual perception of the video compared with selective approach. In an effort to speed up multi-frame motion estimation, we propose a fast multiple reference frames-based motion estimation technique for surveillance videos. Experimental evaluation shows that significant reduction in computational complexity can be achieved by applying the proposed strategies.


Motion estimation Fast full search Multiple reference frames Successive elimination algorithm Surveillance video Fast motion estimation 

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queen Mary University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.University of Engineering and TechnologyLahorePakistan

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