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Intra-prediction for color image coding using YUV correlation

Lucas, L. ; Rodrigues, Nuno M. M. ; Faria, S.M.M. ; Silva, E. ; Carvalho, M. ; Silva, V.

Intra-prediction for color image coding using YUV correlation, Proc IEEE International Conf. on Image Processing - ICIP, Hong-Kong, China, Vol. , pp. 1329 - 1332, September, 2010.

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In this paper we present a new algorithm for chroma prediction in YUV images, based on inter component correlation. Despite the YUV color space transformation for inter component decorrelation, some dependency still exists between the Y, U and V chroma components. This dependency has been previously used to predict the chrominance data from the reconstructed luminance. In this paper we show that a chrominance component can be more efficiently predicted by using the reconstructed data from both the luminance and the remaining chrominance signal. The proposed chroma prediction is implemented and tested using the Multidimensional Multiscale Parser (MMP) image encoding algorithm. It is shown that the new color prediction mode outperforms the originally proposed prediction methods. Furthermore, by using the new color prediction scheme, MMP is consistently better than the state-of-the-art H.264/AVC for coding both for the luminance and the chrominance image components.