Optimized Camera Handover Scheme in Free Viewpoint Video Streaming

Háló, Balázs and Huszák, Árpád (2015) Optimized Camera Handover Scheme in Free Viewpoint Video Streaming. (Unpublished)

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Free-viewpoint video (FVV) is a promising approach that allows users to control their viewpoint and generate virtual views from any desired perspective. The individual user viewpoints are synthetized from two or more camera streams and correspondent depth sequences. In case of continuous viewpoint changes, the camera inputs of the view synthesis process must be changed in a seamless way, in order to avoid the starvation of the viewpoint synthesizer algorithm. Starvation occurs when the desired user viewpoint cannot be synthetized with the currently streamed camera views, thus the FVV playout interrupts. In this paper we proposed three camera handover schemes (TCC, MA, SA) based on viewpoint prediction in order to minimize the probability of playout stalls and find the tradeoff between the image quality and the camera handover frequency. Our simulation results show that the introduced camera switching methods can reduce the handover frequency with more than 40%, hence the viewpoint synthesis starvation and the playout interruption can be minimized. By providing seamless viewpoint changes, the quality of experience can be significantly improved, making the new FVV service more attractive in the future.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology / alkalmazott, műszaki tudományok > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering / elektrotechnika, elektronika, atomtechnika
Depositing User: Dr. Árpád Huszák
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 08:59
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 02:24

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