Today's viewers consume video content from a variety of connected devices, including smart phones, tablets, notebooks, TVs, and PCs. This imposes significant challenges for managing video traffic efficiently to ensure an acceptable quality-of-experience (QoE) for the end users as the perceptual quality of video content strongly depends on the properties of the display device and the viewing conditions. State-of-the-art full-reference objective video quality assessment algorithms do not take into account the combined impact of display device properties, viewing conditions, and video resolution while performing video quality assessment. We performed a subjective study in order to understand the impact of aforementioned factors on perceptual video QoE. We also propose a full reference video QoE measure, named SSIMplus, that provides real-time prediction of the perceptual quality of a video based on human visual system behaviors, video content characteristics (such as spatial and temporal complexity, and video resolution), display device properties (such as screen size, resolution, and brightness), and viewing conditions (such as viewing distance and angle). Experimental results have shown that the proposed algorithm outperforms state-of-the-art video quality measures in terms of accuracy and speed.
To achieve optimal video quality under bandwidth and power constraints, modern video coding techniques employ lossy coding schemes, which often create compression artifacts that may lead to degradation of perceptual video quality. Understanding and quantifying such perceptual artifacts play important roles in the development of effective video compression, streaming and quality enhancement systems. Moreover, the characteristics of compression artifacts evolve over time due to the continuous adoption of novel coding structures and strategies during the development of new video compression standards. In this paper, we reexamine the perceptual artifacts created by standard video compression, summarizing commonly observed spatial and temporal perceptual distortions in compressed video, with emphasis on the perceptual temporal artifacts that have not been well identified or accounted for in previous studies. Furthermore, a floating effect detection method is proposed that not only detects the existence of floating, but also segments the spatial regions where floating occurs∗.