SDC: Scalable description coding for adaptive streaming media

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Quinlan, Jason J.
Zahran, Ahmed H.
Sreenan, Cormac J.
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Video compression techniques enable adaptive media streaming over heterogeneous links to end-devices. Scalable Video Coding (SVC) and Multiple Description Coding (MDC) represent well-known techniques for video compression with distinct characteristics in terms of bandwidth efficiency and resiliency to packet loss. In this paper, we present Scalable Description Coding (SDC), a technique to compromise the tradeoff between bandwidth efficiency and error resiliency without sacrificing user-perceived quality. Additionally, we propose a scheme that combines network coding and SDC to further improve the error resiliency. SDC yields upwards of 25% bandwidth savings over MDC. Additionally, our scheme features higher quality for longer durations even at high packet loss rates.
Scalable video coding , Multiple description coding , Network coding , Layered coding , Incremental datagram delivery
Quinlan, J., Zahran, A. & Sreenan, C. (2012) SDC: Scalable description coding for adaptive streaming media. 2012 19th International Packet Video Workshop (PV 2012) Munich, Germany, 10-12 May. IEEE, pp. 59-64 DOI:
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