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Subjective quality assessment of asymmetric stereoscopic 3D video

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalSignal, Image and Video Processing
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


In asymmetric stereoscopic video compression, the views are coded with different qualities. According to the binocular suppression theory, the perceived quality is closer to that of the higher-fidelity view. Hence, a higher compression ratio is potentially achieved through asymmetric coding. Furthermore, when mixed-resolution coding is applied, the complexity of the coding and decoding is reduced. In this paper, we study whether asymmetric stereoscopic video coding achieves the mentioned claimed benefits. Two sets of systematic subjective quality evaluation experiments are presented in the paper. In the first set of the experiments, we analyze the extent of downsampling for the lower-resolution view in mixed-resolution stereoscopic videos. We show that the lower-resolution view becomes dominant in the subjective quality rating at a certain downsampling ratio, and this is dependent on the sequence, the angular resolution, and the angular width. In the second set of the experiments, we compare symmetric stereoscopic video coding, quality-asymmetric stereoscopic video coding, and mixed-resolution coding subjectively. We show that in many cases, mixed-resolution coding achieves a similar subjective quality to that of symmetric stereoscopic video coding, while the computational complexity is significantly reduced.

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