A NOVEL RATE-BASED MACROBLOCK CLASSIFICATION FOR FAST MODE DECISION IN H.264 VIDEO CODING
In this paper, a novel rate-based macroblock classification is proposed for fast mode decision in H.264 video coding standard. The main idea is to classify each macroblock into simple or complex motion contents based on the Inter16x16 mode’s residue block bit-rate and then according to the classification different mode searching orders with distinct early termination schemes are employed. This new algorithm is very simple for both hardware and software implementations without extra computational module. To speed up the intra mode decision, a new fast Intra 4x4 mode selection algorithm is also proposed by choosing most likely modes using the low complexity SATD cost as screening function. It is demonstrated by experimental results that the proposed fast algorithm can reduce 47% to 65% of the H.264 total encoding time with negligible degradation in the rate-distortion performance. While the rate-based algorithm combined with the fast intra mode selection method could further speedup 5% to 10% of the encoding time with only little rate-distortion degradation.
Md. Salah Uddin Yusuf, Mohiuddin Ahmad