CAMBI: Contrast-aware Multiscale Banding Index

2021 Picture Coding Symposium (PCS)(2021)

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Abstract
Banding artifacts are artificially-introduced contours arising from the quantization of a smooth region in a video. Despite the advent of recent higher quality video systems with more efficient codecs, these artifacts remain conspicuous, especially on larger displays. In this work, a comprehensive subjective study is performed to understand the dependence of the banding visibility on encoding parameters and dithering. We subsequently develop a simple and intuitive no-reference banding index called CAMBI (Contrast-aware Multiscale Banding Index) which uses insights from Contrast Sensitivity Function in the Human Visual System to predict banding visibility. CAMBI correlates well with subjective perception of banding while using only a few visually-motivated hyperparameters.
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human visual system,visually-motivated hyperparameters,contrast-aware multiscale banding index,quality video systems,noreference banding index,contrast sensitivity function,comprehensive subjective study,Banding artifacts,CAMBI,banding visibility
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