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Still image/video frame lossy compression providing a desired visual quality

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-718
JournalMultidimensional Systems and Signal Processing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


The problem of how to automatically provide a desired (required) visual quality in lossy compression of still images and video frames is considered in this paper. The quality can be measured based on different conventional and visual quality metrics. In this paper, we mainly employ human visual system (HVS) based metrics PSNR-HVS-M and MSSIM since both of them take into account several important peculiarities of HVS. To provide a desired visual quality with high accuracy, iterative image compression procedures are proposed and analyzed. An experimental study is performed for a large number of grayscale test images. We demonstrate that there exist several coders for which the number of iterations can be essentially decreased using a reasonable selection of the starting value and the variation interval for the parameter controlling compression (PCC). PCC values attained at the end of the iterative procedure may heavily depend upon the coder used and the complexity of the image. Similarly, the compression ratio also considerably depends on the above factors. We show that for some modern coders that take HVS into consideration it is possible to give practical recommendations on setting a fixed PCC to provide a desired visual quality in a non-iterative manner. The case when original images are corrupted by visible noise is also briefly studied.


  • Compression ratio, Lossy compression, Required quality, Visual quality metrics

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