CANF-VC: Conditional Augmented Normalizing Flows for Video Compression

Yung Han Ho, Chih Peng Chang, Peng Yu Chen, Alessandro Gnutti, Wen Hsiao Peng*

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This paper presents an end-to-end learning-based video compression system, termed CANF-VC, based on conditional augmented normalizing flows (CANF). Most learned video compression systems adopt the same hybrid-based coding architecture as the traditional codecs. Recent research on conditional coding has shown the sub-optimality of the hybrid-based coding and opens up opportunities for deep generative models to take a key role in creating new coding frameworks. CANF-VC represents a new attempt that leverages the conditional ANF to learn a video generative model for conditional inter-frame coding. We choose ANF because it is a special type of generative model, which includes variational autoencoder as a special case and is able to achieve better expressiveness. CANF-VC also extends the idea of conditional coding to motion coding, forming a purely conditional coding framework. Extensive experimental results on commonly used datasets confirm the superiority of CANF-VC to the state-of-the-art methods. The source code of CANF-VC is available at

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Vision – ECCV 2022 - 17th European Conference, Proceedings
EditorsShai Avidan, Gabriel Brostow, Moustapha Cissé, Giovanni Maria Farinella, Tal Hassner
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783031197864
StatePublished - 2022
Event17th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2022 - Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 23 Oct 202227 Oct 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13676 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference17th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2022
CityTel Aviv


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