Error Concealment Using a Data Hiding Technique for MPEG Video

Masayuki KUROSAKI  Hitoshi KIYA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E85-A    No.4    pp.790-796
Publication Date: 2002/04/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section of Selected Papers from the 14th Workshop on Circuits and Systems in Karuizawa)
MPEG,  error concealment,  watermarking,  data hiding,  

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A new method of error concealment for MPEG videos, in which motion vectors are hidden in an MPEG bitstream as a watermark, is proposed in this paper. Several conventional methods conceal error regions by using motion vectors, which are re-estimated in a decoding process. These methods, however, have two problems: (1) The accuracy of a re-estimated motion vector is lower than that of an estimated motion vector in an encoding process. (2) A large amount of calculation is required to re-estimate motion vectors. The proposed method overcomes these problems by using hidden accurate motion vectors. That is, it hides several bits in each 88 DCT block of all frames and, simultaneously, inhibits the image degradation caused by hiding motion vectors. In addition, it has upward compatibility with a standard MPEG decoder and can be combined with conventional methods. Simulation results show that the accuracy of error concealment by the new method is higher than that of the conventional methods.