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Performance and Computational Complexity Assessment of High-Efficiency Video Encoders

Corrêa, G. ; Assunção, P.A. ; Agostini, L. ; Cruz, L. A. S. C.

IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology Vol. 22, Nº 12, pp. 1899 - 1909, December, 2012.

ISSN (print): 1051-8215
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Journal Impact Factor: 2,951 (in 2008)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/TCSVT.2012.2223411

Abstract
This article presents a performance evaluation study of coding efficiency versus computational complexity for the forthcoming High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard. A thorough experimental investigation was carried out in order to identify the tools which most affect the encoding efficiency and computational complexity of the HEVC encoder. A set of 16 different encoding configurations was created to investigate the impact of each tool, varying the encoding parameter set and comparing the results with a baseline encoder. The article shows that, even though the computational complexity increases monotonically from the baseline to the most complex configuration, the encoding efficiency saturates at some point. Moreover, the results of this study provide relevant information for implementation of complexity-constrained encoders by taking into account the trade-off between complexity and coding efficiency. It is shown that low-complexity encoding configurations, defined by careful selection of coding tools, achieve coding efficiency comparable to that of high-complexity configurations.