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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 841608, 5 pages
Research Article

Interlayer Simplified Depth Coding for Quality Scalability on 3D High Efficiency Video Coding

1North China University of Technology, No. 5 Jin Yuanzhaung Road, Shijingshan District, Beijing 100144, China
2Beijing Jiaotong University, No. 3 Shangyuancun, Haidian District, Beijng 100044, China

Received 23 December 2013; Accepted 22 January 2014; Published 16 March 2014

Academic Editors: X. Meng, Z. Zhou, and X. Zhu

Copyright © 2014 Mengmeng Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A quality scalable extension design is proposed for the upcoming 3D video on the emerging standard for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). A novel interlayer simplified depth coding (SDC) prediction tool is added to reduce the amount of bits for depth maps representation by exploiting the correlation between coding layers. To further improve the coding performance, the coded prediction quadtree and texture data from corresponding SDC-coded blocks in the base layer can be used in interlayer simplified depth coding. In the proposed design, the multiloop decoder solution is also extended into the proposed scalable scenario for texture views and depth maps, and will be achieved by the interlayer texture prediction method. The experimental results indicate that the average Bjøntegaard Delta bitrate decrease of 54.4% can be gained in interlayer simplified depth coding prediction tool on multiloop decoder solution compared with simulcast. Consequently, significant rate savings confirm that the proposed method achieves better performance.