A quantized transform-domain motion estimation technique for H.264 secondary SP-frames

Ki Kit Lai, Yui Lam Chan, Wan Chi Siu

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The brand-new SP-frame in H.264 facilitates drift-free bitstream switching. Notwithstanding the guarantee of seamless switching, the cost is the bulky size of secondary SP-frames. This induces a significant amount of additional space or bandwidth for storage or transmission. For this reason, a new motion estimation and compensation technique, which is operated in the quantized transform (QDCT) domain, is designed for coding secondary SP-frames in this paper. So far, much investigation has been conducted to evaluate the trade off between the relative sizes of primary and secondary SP-frames by adjusting the quantization parameters. But, our proposed work aims at keeping the secondary SP-frames as small as possible without affecting the size of primary SP-frames by incorporating QDCT-domain motion estimation and compensation in the secondary SP-frame coding. Simulation results demonstrate that the size of secondary SP-frames can be reduced remarkably.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Multimedia Information Processing - PCM 2007 - 8th Pacific Rim Conference on Multimedia, Proceedings
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Event8th Pacific-Rim Conference on Multimedia, PCM 2007 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 11 Dec 200714 Dec 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4810 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference8th Pacific-Rim Conference on Multimedia, PCM 2007
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong


  • H.264
  • Motion compensation
  • Motion estimation
  • QDCT-domain
  • SP-frame
  • Video coding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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