CONSTANT BIT RATE LIVE VIDEO TRANSMISSION USING FRAME RESIZING

Abstract

The paper studies the use of frame resizing by zooming as a compression technique to achieve Constant Bit Rate (CBR) live video transmission. Most video compression techniques provide a relatively constant level of decoded video quality, but, at the expense of Variable Bit Rate (VBR) outputs. This will result in an inefficient usage of the available bandwidth, and the decoder has to buffer a suitable amount of data before it can play the received stream. This results in a variable overhead delay depending on the variation in the bit rate. Conversely, a CBR technique can efficiently occupy the available bandwidth with constant overhead delay and buffer size, but, at the expense of variable decoded video quality.The Peak Signal to Noise Ratio (PSNR) is used in the computer simulation tests to measure video quality. The tests show that variation of video quality in a CBR system employing frame resizing is still acceptable (PSNRav>25 dB) for resizing factors greater than 40%. Moreover, the tests show that the resizing technique, when compared to conventional video compression techniques, is more immune to additive Gaussian noise, since it involves an interpolation process which averages out part of the added noise