Adaptive Intra Prediction Mode Signaling Approach in H.264/AVC

Kibaek KIM  Gwanggil JEON  Jechang JEONG  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E97-B   No.9   pp.1990-1999
Publication Date: 2014/09/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E97.B.1990
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Multimedia Systems for Communications
H.264/AVC,  intra prediction,  coding efficiency,  most probable mode,  

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H.264/AVC estimates the prediction mode from the modes of neighboring blocks in order to reduce the quantity of bits needed to represent the best mode. The estimated mode is known as Most Probable Mode (MPM). When QP changes, the probability of MPM increases. In this paper, we propose an adaptive mode signaling method based on the probability of MPM. According to the probability of MPM, a conventional MPM method and the proposed merging method are adaptively used to signal the intra prediction mode. Experimental results show that the proposed method achieves an average bit savings of 0.727% and an average PSNR gain of 0.041dB. In the low bit rate condition, the proposed method achieves an average bit savings of 1.795%, and a PSNR gain of 0.103dB, compared to H.264/AVC.