ABSTRACT: Appropriate rate control plays a very important role in encoding motion pictures under the constant bit-rate. One of the requirements for rate control is minimizing temporal fluctuations in picture quality, which may cause flicker artifacts. To satisfy the requirement, some methods for MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 have been proposed. However, these methods cannot be applied to the H.264 encoding algorithm based on R-D optimization since they require the DCT coefficients and the accurate output bit amount for each quantization parameter of a current picture in advance. To overcome the problem, we propose a rate control method to satisfy the requirement in the H.264 encoding algorithm by introducing approximations to estimate the bit amount and the distortion.
Image Processing, 2005. ICIP 2005. IEEE International Conference on; 10/2005