Fast mode decision algorithm through inter-view rate-distortion prediction for multiview video coding system

Chia Hung Yeh, Ming Feng Li, Mei Juan Chen, Ming Chieh Chi, Xin Xian Huang, Hao Wen Chi

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Multiview video coding (MVC) has attracted great attention from industries and research institutes. MVC is used to encode stereoscopic video streams for 3D playout systems such as 3D television, digital cinema, and IP network applications. MVC is an extended version of H.264/AVC that improves the performance of multiview videos. Yet, when compared with single-view video coding, MVC consumes much more time when encoding large amounts of data. Speed-up algorithms, therefore, are essential for realizing related applications. This paper presents a fast mode decision algorithm to avoid the high computational complexity of MVC. The proposed approach aims to reduce candidate modes and make mode decision process more efficient. The minimum and maximum values of rate-distortion cost (RD cost) in the previously encoded view are used to compute a threshold for each mode in the current view. Compared with joint multiview video coding, the experimental results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm provides an average of 79% in time savings with negligible bit rate increase and peak signal-to-noise ratio decrease.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6558811
Pages (from-to)594-603
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb
Externally publishedYes


  • Joint multivew video coding (JMVC)
  • mode decision
  • multiple sensors
  • multiview video coding (MVC)
  • rate-distortion (RD) cost
  • threshold

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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