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Optimized Reference Picture Selection for Light Field Image Coding

Monteiro, R. ; Nunes, P. ; Faria, S.M.M. ; Rodrigues, Nuno M. M.

Optimized Reference Picture Selection for Light Field Image Coding, Proc European Signal Processing Conference EUSIPCO, La Coruna, Spain, Vol. , pp. - https://doi.org/10.23919/EUSIPCO.2019.8902555, September, 2019.

Digital Object Identifier: 10.23919/EUSIPCO.2019.8902555

Abstract
This paper proposes a new reference picture selection method for light field image coding using the pseudo-video sequence (PVS) format. State-of-the-art solutions to encode light field images using the PVS format rely on video coding standards to exploit the inter-view redundancy between each sub-aperture image (SAI) that composes the light field. However, the PVS scanning order is not usually considered by the video codec. The proposed solution signals the PVS scanning order to the decoder, enabling implicit optimized reference picture selection for each specific scanning order. With the proposed method each reference picture is selected by minimizing the Euclidean distance to the current SAI being encoded. Experimental results show that, for the same PVS scanning order, the proposed optimized reference picture selection codec outperforms HEVC video coding standard for light field image coding, up to 50% in terms of bitrate savings.