Overview of Screen Content Video Coding: Technologies, Standards, and beyond

Wen-Hsiao Peng*, Frederick G. Walls, Robert A. Cohen, Jizheng Xu, Jörn Ostermann, Alexander MacInnis, Tao Lin

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This paper presents recent advances in screen content video coding, with an emphasis on two state-of-the-art standards: HEVC/H.265 Screen Content Coding Extensions (HEVC-SCC) by ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group and ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group, and Display Stream Compression (DSC) by Video Electronics Standards Association. The HEVC-SCC enhances the capabilities of HEVC in coding screen content, while DSC provides lightweight compression for display links. Although targeting different application domains, they share some design principles and are expected to become the leading formats in the marketplace in the coming years. This paper provides a brief account of their background, key elements, performance, and complexity characteristics, according to their final specifications. As we survey these standards, we also summarize prior arts in the last decade and explore future research opportunities and standards developments in order to give a comprehensive overview of this field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7769190
Pages (from-to)393-408
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Display Stream Compression (DSC)
  • High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC/H.265)
  • Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding (JCT-VC)
  • Screen Content Video Coding (SCC)
  • Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA)


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