Two-dimensional channel coding for scalable H.264/AVC VIDEO

Ehsan Maani*, Aggelos K Katsaggelos

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


Efficient bit stream adaptation and resilience to packet losses are two critical requirements in scalable video coding for transmission over packet-lossy networks. These requirements have a greater significance in scalable H.264/AVC video bit streams since missing refinement information in a layer propagates to all lower layers in the prediction hierarchy and causes substantial degradation in video quality. This work proposes an algorithm to accurately estimate the overall distortion of the reconstructed frames due to enhancement layer truncation, drift/error propagation, and error concealment in the scalable H.264/AVC video. This ensures low computational cost since it bypasses highly complex pixel-level motion compensation operations. Simulation results show an accurate distortion estimation at various channel loss rates. The estimate is further integrated into a cross-layer optimization framework for optimized bit extraction and content-aware channel rate allocation. Experimental results demonstrate that precise distortion estimation enables our proposed transmission system to achieve a significantly higher average video PSNR compared to a conventional content independent system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 Picture Coding Symposium, PCS 2009
StatePublished - Nov 23 2009
Event2009 Picture Coding Symposium, PCS 2009 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: May 6 2009May 8 2009

Publication series

Name2009 Picture Coding Symposium, PCS 2009


Other2009 Picture Coding Symposium, PCS 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL


  • Channel coding
  • H.264/AVC
  • Scalable video coding
  • UEP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software


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