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Volume: 28 | Article ID: art00002
A Subjective Study for the Design of Multi-resolution ABR Video Streams with the VP9 Codec
  DOI :  10.2352/ISSN.2470-1173.2016.2.VIPC-235  Published OnlineFebruary 2016

Adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming is one enabling technology for video streaming over modern throughput-varying communication networks. A widely used ABR streaming method is to adapt the video bit rate to channel throughput by dynamically changing the video resolution. Since videos have different ratequality performances at different resolutions, such ABR strategy can achieve better rate-quality trade-off than single resolution ABR streaming. The key problem for resolution switched ABR is to work out the bit rate appropriate at each resolution. In this paper, we investigate optimal strategies to estimate this bit rate using both quantitative and subjective quality assessment. We use the design of bitrates for 2K and 4K resolutions as an example of the performance of this strategy. We introduce strategies for selecting an appropriate corpus for subjective assessment and find that at this high resolution there is good agreement between quantitative and subjective analysis. The optimal switching bit rate between 2K and 4K resolutions is 4 Mbps.

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Chao Chen, Sasi Inguva, Andrew Rankin, Anil Kokaram, "A Subjective Study for the Design of Multi-resolution ABR Video Streams with the VP9 Codecin Proc. IS&T Int’l. Symp. on Electronic Imaging: Visual Information Processing and Communication VII,  2016,

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