Fast Intermode Decision Via Statistical Learning for H.264 Video Coding
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Although the variable-block-size motion compensation scheme significantly reduces the compensation error, the computational complexity of motion estimation (ME) is tremendously increased at the same time. To reduce the complexity of the variable-block-size ME algorithm, we propose a statistical learning approach to simplify the computation involved in the sub-MB mode selection. Some representative features are extracted during ME with fixed sizes. Then, an off-line pre-classification approach is used to predict the most probable sub-MB modes according to the run-time features. It turns out that only possible sub-MB modes need to perform ME. Experimental results show that the computation complexity is significantly reduced while the video quality degradation and bitrate increment is negligible.
KeywordsVariable block-size H.264 motion estimation statistical learning
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