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Analysis of Packett Loss for Compressed Video: Does Burst-Length Matter?

Liang, Yi J.; Apostolopoulos, John G.; Girod, Bernd

HPL-2002-331

Keyword(s): video streaming; error propagation model; packet loss; error-resilient video

Abstract: Video communication is often afflicted by various forms of losses, such as packet loss over the Internet. This paper examines the question of whether the packet loss pattern, and in particular the burst length, is important for accurately estimating the expected mean-squared error distortion. Specifically, we (1) verify that the loss pattern does have a significant effect on the resulting distortion, (2) explain why a loss pattern, for example a burst loss, generally produces a larger distortion than an equal number of isolated losses, and (3) propose a model that accurately estimates the expected distortion by explicitly accounting for the loss pattern, inter- frame error propagation, and the correlation between error frames. The accuracy of the proposed model is validated with JVT/H.26L coded video and previous frame concealment, where for most sequences the total distortion is predicted to within +/- 0.25 dB for burst loss of length two packets, as compared to prior models which underestimate the distortion by about 1.5 dB. Furthermore, as the burst length increases, our prediction is within +/- 0.7 dB, while prior models degrade and underestimate the distortion by over 3 dB.

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