Codec Compression Efficiency Evaluation of MPEG-5 part 2 (LCEVC) using Objective and Subjective Quality Assessment

by   Nabajeet Barman, et al.

With the increasing advancements in video compression efficiency achieved by newer codecs such as HEVC, AV1, and VVC, and intelligent encoding strategies, as well as improved bandwidth availability,there has been a proliferation and acceptance of newer services such as Netflix, Twitch, etc. However, such higher compression efficiencies are achieved at the cost of higher complexity and encoding delay, while many applications are delay sensitive. Hence, there is a requirement for faster, more efficient codecs to achieve higher encoding efficiency without significant trade-off in terms of both complexity and speed. We present in this work an evaluation of the latest MPEG-5 Part 2 Low Complexity Enhancement Video Coding (LCEVC) for live gaming video streaming applications. The results are presented in terms of bitrate savings using both subjective and objective quality measures as well as a comparison of the encoding speeds. Our results indicate that, for the encoding settings used in this work, LCEVC outperforms both x264 and x265 codecs in terms of bitrate savings using VMAF by approximately 42% and 38%. Using subjective results, it is found that LCEVC outperforms the respective base codecs, especially for low bitrates. This effect is more evident for x264 than for x265, i.e., for the latter the absolute improvement of quality scores is smaller. The objective and subjective results as well as sample video sequences are made available as part of an open dataset, LCEVC-LiveGaming at


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