Bandwidth reduction schemes for MPEG-2 to H.264 transcoder design

Xianghui Wei*, Wenqi You, Guifen Tian, Yan Zhuang, Takeshi Ikenaga, Satoshi Goto

*Corresponding author for this work

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In MPEG-2 to H.264 transcoding, MPEG-2 motion vector (MV) reuse is an effective technique to simplify motion estimation (ME) processing. The irregularity of MPEG-2 MV also brings difficulty in applying data reuse method for hardware design, which plays a critical role for bandwidth reduction. In this paper, two search window reuse methods are introduced for HDTV application. The Level C method utilizes horizontal search window reuse for most macroblock (MB), while the Level C+ method is designed for ultra-low bandwidth applications by reusing both horizontal and vertical search window. Experiment results show both methods can achieve a low bandwidth level with negligible video quality loss.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Signal Processing Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
Event16th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2008 - Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 2008 Aug 252008 Aug 29

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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