Efficient Algorithms for Optimal Video Transmission
Kozen, Dexter; Minsky, Yaron; Smith, Brian
This paper addresses the problem of sending an encoded video stream over a channel of limited bandwidth. When there is insufficient bandwidth available, some data must be dropped. For many video encodings, some data are more important than others, leading to a natural prioritization of the data. In this paper we give fast algorithms to determine a prioritization which optimizes the visual quality of the received data. By "optimized visual quality," we mean that the expected maximum interval of unplayable frames is minimized. Our results are obtained in a model of encoded video data that is applicable to many encoding technologies. The highlight of the model is an interesting relationship between the play order and dependence order of frames. The property allows fast determination of optimal send orders by dynamic programming and is satisfied by all MPEG sequences.
computer science; technical report
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