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Quality comparison of the HEVC and VP9 encoders performance

Fernandes, P. ; Bernardo, M. ; Pinheiro, A. ; Fiadeiro, PF ; Sousa, M.

Multimedia Tools and Applications Vol. 0, Nº 0, pp. 1 - 17, July, 2016.

ISSN (print): 1380-7501
ISSN (online): 1573-7721

Scimago Journal Ranking: 0,37 (in 2016)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1007/s11042-016-3726-2

This paper reports a comparison between two recent video codecs, namely the HEVC and the VP9, using High Definition Video Sequences encoded with different bit rates.
A subjective test for the evaluation of the provided Quality of Experience is reported.

The video sequences were shown to a panel of subjects on a High Definition LED display and the subjective tests were performed using a Single Stimulus Methodology.
The results shown that the HEVC encoder provides a better visual quality on low bit rates than the VP9.
Similar performance was obtained for visually lossless conditions, although the HEVC requires lower bit rates to reach that level.
Moreover, the correlation of the subjective evaluation and three tested objective metrics (PSNR, SSIM, and FSIM) revealed a good representation of the subjective results, particularly the SSIM and the FSIM metrics.