Fast Multiple Reference Frame Selection Method Using Correlation of Sequence in JVT/H.264

Jae-Sik SOHN  Duk-Gyoo KIM  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E89-A   No.3   pp.744-746
Publication Date: 2006/03/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1093/ietfec/e89-a.3.744
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section LETTER (Special Section on Multidimensional Signal Processing and Its Application)
Category: Image/Vision Processing
h.264,  multiple reference frame,  motion estimation,  complexity of computation,  

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H.264 video coding standard has a significant performance better than the other standards are the adoption of variable block sizes, multiple reference frames, and the consideration of rate distortion optimization within the codec. However, these features incur a considerable complexity in the encoder for motion estimation. As for the multiple reference frames motion estimation, the increased computation is in proportion to the number of searched reference frames. In this paper, a fast multiple frame reference frames selection method is proposed for H.264 video coding. The proposed algorithm can efficiently determine the best reference frame from the allowed five reference frames. As determine the number of reference frames to search the motion using the correlation of the different block between the block of current frame and that of previous frame, this scheme can efficiently reduce the computational cost while keeping the similar quality and bit-rate. Simulation results show that the speed of the proposed method is faster than that of the original scheme adapted in JVT reference software JM95 while keeping the similar video quality and bit-rate.