Packet Video 2018 Best Paper Award Candidates:
- A. Zare, A. Aminlou, M. Hannuksela, 6K Effective Resolution with 4K HEVC Decoding Capability for OMAF-compliant 360° Video Streaming
- J. Schneider, M. Bläser, M. Wien, Sparse Coding based Frequency Adaptive Loop Filtering for Video Coding
- S. Arisu, A. Begen, Quickly Starting Media Streams Using QUIC
… and the winner of the Packet Video 2018 Best Paper Award is:
6K Effective Resolution with 4K HEVC Decoding Capability for OMAF-compliant 360° Video Streaming
A. Zare, A. Aminlou, M. Hannuksela
Abstract: The recent Omnidirectional MediA Format (OMAF) standard specifies delivery of 360° video content. OMAF supports only equirectangular (ERP) and cubemap projections and their region- wise packing with a limitation on video decoding capability to the maximum resolution of 4K (e.g., 4096×2048). Streaming of 4K ERP content allows only a limited viewport resolution, which is lower than the resolution of many current head-mounted displays (HMDs). In order to take the full advantage of those HMDs, this work proposes a specific mixed-resolution packing of 6K (6144×3072) ERP content and its realization in tile-based streaming, while complying with the 4K-decoding constraint and the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard. Experimental results indicate that, using Zonal-PSNR test methodology, the proposed layout decreases the streaming bitrate up to 32% in terms of BD-rate, when compared to mixed-quality viewport-adaptive streaming of 4K ERP as an alternative solution.