SPIE International Symposium on Voice, Video, and Data Communications, Boston, MA, September 11-22, 1999.

Spatial-Temporal Distortion Metrics for In-Service Quality Monitoring of Any Digital Video System

Stephen Wolf; Margaret H. Pinson

Abstract: Many organizations have focused on developing digital video quality metrics which produce results that accurately emulate subjective responses. However, to be widely applicable a metric must also work over a wide range of quality, and be useful for in-service quality monitoring. The Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) has developed spatial-temporal distortion metrics that meet all of these requirements. These objective metrics are described in detail and have a number of interesting properties, including utilization of 1) spatial activity filters which emphasize long edges on the order of 1/5 degree while simultaneously performing large amounts of noise suppression, 2) the angular direction of the spatial gradient, 3) spatial-temporal compression factors of at least 384:1 (spatial compression of at least 64:1 and temporal compression of at least 6:1, and 4) simple perceptibility thresholds and spatial-temporal masking functions. Results are presented that compare the objective metric values with mean opinion scores from a wide range of subjective data bases spanning many different scenes, systems, bit-rates, and applications.

Keywords: objective; subjective; correlation; in-service; video quality metrics; spatial; temporal; compression

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Margaret H. Pinson
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
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