Patent Number: 6,167,162

Title: Rate-distortion optimized coding mode selection for video coders

Abstract: A new method for real time implementation of rate-distortion optimized coding mode selection is disclosed that can be efficiently applied to H-263-compatible video codecs and other codecs of similar type. A normalized rate-distortion model is used to efficiently compute the rate and the distortion when encoding motion-compensated prediction error signals, instead of performing DCT, quantization and entropy-encoding. A fast algorithm is also disclosed that determines sub-optimal values of coding parameters such as the quantization parameter and the Lagrangian multiplier, .lambda., for the trellis search. Very good rate control and picture quality are achieved, especially when the disclosed techniques are applied in very low bitrate video coding.

Inventors: Jacquin; Arnaud Eric (New York, NY), Yang; Kyeong Ho (Freehold, NJ)

Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.

International Classification: G06T 9/00 (20060101); G06K 009/36 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017