Adaptive Transform Coefficient Scan for H.264 Intra Coding

Jie JIA  Eun-Ku JUNG  Hae-Kwang KIM  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E90-D   No.10   pp.1709-1711
Publication Date: 2007/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1093/ietisy/e90-d.10.1709
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Image Processing and Video Processing
H.264/AVC,  intra coding,  transform coefficient scan,  zig-zag scan,  field scan,  

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This paper presents an adaptive transform coefficient scan method that effectively improves intra coding efficiency of H.264. Instead of applying one zig-zag scan to all transform blocks, the proposed method applies a field scan to a horizontally predicted block, a horizontal scan to a vertically predicted block, and a zig-zag scan to blocks predicted in other prediction modes. Experiments based on JM9.6 were performed using only intra coding. Results of the experiments show that the proposed method yields an average PSNR enhancement of 0.16 dB and a maximum PSNR enhancement of 0.31 dB over the current H.264 using zig-zag scan.