Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
the research laboratory of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Stephen Wolf; Margaret H. Pinson

Abstract: Study Group 9 has been working on finalizing Draft New Recommendation J.redref which specifies Reduced Reference (RR) methods for performing video quality measurements of digital television systems. The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently submitted two Video Quality Models (VQMs) to the recent Video Quality Experts Group (VQEG) RR Television (RRTV) evaluation tests. One of the VQMs (i.e., the Fast Low Bandwidth VQM) was in the top performing group for both 525-line and 625-line video systems and also significantly outperformed Peak Signal to Noise Ratio (PSNR), a full reference VQM. This contribution describes the NTIA Fast Low Bandwidth VQM algorithm and provides reference code for its implementation. While NTIA holds multiple U.S. patents on this algorithm, NTIA/ITS has made and is willing to make these freely available to all interested parties for both non-commercial and commercial purposes.

Keywords: digital television (DTV); reduced reference; video quality model; VQM; Fast Low Bandwidth VQM

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Margaret H. Pinson
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