January 2005 | NTIA Technical Memo TM-05-417
Margaret H. Pinson; Stephen Wolf
Abstract: Digital video compression algorithms are being deployed that spatially stretch or shrink the video picture. Although small changes in spatial scaling are not usually noticeable to viewers, objective video quality measurement systems may be adversely impacted if the spatial scaling is not corrected. This report describes an algorithm that can be used to automatically measure the amount of spatial scaling present in a video system. This algorithm obtains satisfactory computational complexity by (1) separating the searches for horizontal & vertical scaling factors, (2) using image profiles rather than full images, and (3) using random rather than exhaustive searching techniques.
Keywords: video quality; objective; calibration; random search; spatial scaling
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Margaret H. Pinson
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
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