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Preprocessing for Improved Performance in Image and Video Coding

  • Author(s): Algazi, Ralph;
  • Ford, Gary;
  • El-Fallah, Adel;
  • Estes, Robert R.
  • et al.

In previous work, we have reported on the benefits of noise reduction prior to coding of very high quality images. Perceptual transparency can be achieved with a significant improvement in compression as compared to error free codes. In this paper, we examine the benefits of pre-processing when the quality requirements are not very high, and perceptible distortion results. The use of data dependent anisotropic diffusion that maintains image structure, edges, and transitions in luminance or color is beneficial in controlling the spatial distribution of errors introduced by coding. Thus, the merit of pre-processing is for the control of coding errors. In this preliminary study, we only consider preprocessing prior to the use of the standard JPEG and MPEG coding techniques.

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