Spatial resolution and quantization noise tradeoffs for scalable image compression

Soo Hyun Bae*, Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Biing Hwang Juang

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Abstract

Most full-reference quality metrics compare the original image to a distorted image at the same level of resolution assuming a fixed viewing distance. In video streaming applications, however, the transmitted or received signal may differ from the original in compression as well as spatiotemporal resolution. For example, at low bitrate coding applications the compressed image may be too distorted, and hence the observer may prefer to reduce the resolution or increase the viewing distance in order to reduce the visibility of the compression artifacts. The selection of the best tradeoff between resolution/viewing distance and visibility of compression artifacts requires a quality metric that accounts for both image distortions and image size. Such tradeoffs are not reflected in existing quality metrics, which ignore the signal visibility and only measure the visibility of compression distortions, which decrease with image size. In order to better understand such tradeoffs, with the goal of developing better quality metrics, we conducted subjective tests using a number of existing still image coders (JPEG2000, SPIHT, and JPEG). Our results indicate that the objective quality (perceptually weighted PSNR) of the images that the viewers select decreases with resolution, that is, the viewers are willing to accept more artifacts as image size decreases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2006 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing - Proceedings
PagesII945-II948
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event2006 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2006 - Toulouse, France
Duration: May 14 2006May 19 2006

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
Volume2
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

Other

Other2006 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2006
CountryFrance
CityToulouse
Period5/14/065/19/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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