Perceptually Driven Non-Uniform Asymmetric Coding of Stereoscopic 3D Video

Abstract : Asymmetric stereoscopic video coding has already proven its effectiveness in reducing the bandwidth required for stereoscopic 3D delivery without degrading the visual quality. This approach, where the left and right views are encoded with different levels of quality, relies on the perceptual theory of binocular suppression. However, to ensure comfortable 3D viewing, the just noticeable level of asymmetry, i.e., the maximum quality gap between views, has to be carefully defined. Both subjectively- and empirically-fixed thresholds of asymmetry demonstrated either the maladjustment to content or dependency to the experimental design. This paper describes a new non-uniform asymmetric stereoscopic video coding method adjusting adaptively the level of asymmetry for each region of the image based on its perceptual significance. The proposed method uses a fully automated model that dynamically determines the best bounds of asymmetry for which the 3D viewing experience will not be altered. This is achieved by exploiting several HVS-inspired models, namely, the binocular just noticeable difference (BJND), the visual saliency map and depth information. Simulation results show that the proposed method results in up to 26% of bit rate saving and provides better 3D visual quality compared to state-of-the-art asymmetric coding methods.
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IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2017, 27 (10), pp.2231-2245. 〈10.1109/TCSVT.2016.2583618〉
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Sid Ahmed Fezza, Mohamed-Chaker Larabi. Perceptually Driven Non-Uniform Asymmetric Coding of Stereoscopic 3D Video. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2017, 27 (10), pp.2231-2245. 〈10.1109/TCSVT.2016.2583618〉. 〈hal-01330722〉

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