New adaptive partial distortion search using clustered pixel matching error characteristic

Ko Cheung Hui, Wan Chi Siu, Yui Lam Chan

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The partial distortion search is a particular attractive fast block-matching algorithm, because it introduces no prediction error as compared with the full-search algorithm. It reduces the number of necessary matching evaluations for every searching point to save computation. In the literature, many researches have tried to improve block-matching algorithms by making use of an assumption that pixels with larger gradient magnitudes have larger matching errors on average. Based on a simple analysis, we have found that on average, pixel matching errors with similar magnitudes tend to appear in clusters for natural video sequences. By using this clustering characteristic, we propose an adaptive partial distortion search algorithm which significantly improves the computational efficiency of the original PDS. This approach is much better than other pixel gradient based adaptive PDS algorithms. In addition, our proposed algorithm is suitable for motion estimation of both opaque and boundary macroblocks of an arbitrary shaped object in MPEG-4 coding.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings - IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2004
Event2004 IEEE International Symposium on Cirquits and Systems - Proceedings - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: 23 May 200426 May 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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