Video Quality Assessment Based on Measuring Perceptual Noise From Spatial and Temporal Perspectives
IEEE transactions on circuits and systems for video technology (Print)
Video quality assessment (VQA) exploits important properties of the sophisticated human visual system (HVS). In this paper, we study a series of fundamental HVS characteristics for subjective video quality assessment, and incorporate them into a systematic framework to simulate subjective evaluation on impaired videos. Based on this framework, we develop a novel full-reference metric, namely, perceptual quality index (PQI). Specifically, the proposed PQI metric comprises four major modules: 1)
... isual performance equation for the foveal and extra-foveal vision based on the cortical magnification theory; 2) perceptible noise detection using a spatial-temporal just noticeable difference model, and its quantification in both spatial and temporal channels, considering the varying error sensitivity due to the contrast and motion masking effects; 3) instantaneous error summation with inhibition of weak local distortions, and quality degradation accumulation over time that models the visual persistence and recency effect; and 4) fusion of the spatial and temporal noise intensities into a perceptual quality index. Compared with some state-of-the-art VQA models, the PQI metric, which exploits multiple visual properties, measures video quality more accurately and reliably on two VQA databases. Index Terms-Human visual system, just noticeable difference, perceptual quality index, temporal noise, video quality assessment.