Usage parameter control schemes for improving MPEG video quality over ATM networks

F. J. Kuo, J. S. Wu, D. L. Keng

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An MPEG encoder compresses moving pictures into I-, P-, and B-frames, where the most important I-frames generate traffic with the highest bit rate. For MPEG videos transmitted over ATM networks, invalid cells are discarded by a usage parameter control scheme at the user network interface and thus cause error propagation in both spatial and temporal domains. For spatial error propagation, the effect of a lost cell depends on the position located in a slice: the farther the position is, the lesser affected are the data. Besides, lost data near the edge of a screen is more tolerable than those at the central part. In order to improve the quality of the received video, we propose two methods to impute the violation of non-conforming cells to others located at a less important position of the same slice. Simulation results reveal that the quality is improved based on both PSNR and subjective visual feeling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1585-1591
Number of pages7
JournalComputer Communications
Issue number17
StatePublished - 15 Oct 1999


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