Screen content coding using non-square intra block copy for HEVC

Chun Chi Chen, Xiaozhong Xu, Ru Ling Liao, Wen-Hsiao Peng, Shan Liu, Shawmin Lei

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To achieve high coding performance for screen content, the intra block copy (IntraBC) performs block matching within a limited area of the reconstructed samples inside the current picture. We further extend its notion from the unit of square coding unit (CU) to non-square prediction unit (PU) partitions. This design is then justified by theoretical and empirical analyses which reveal the same fact that blocks coded by IntraBC mode tend to enable more at smaller partition levels. Besides, the syntax design of the proposed method is fully aligned with that of inter partition modes. Therefore the architecture-wise change in video codec design can be minimized. The experimental results justify the effectiveness of the proposed mode for coding of screen content video. In particular, up to 19.5% rate reduction (with an average of 12.7%) relative to the HM-12.0?4.1 anchor can be achieved on top of the usage of CU-based IntraBC prediction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6890229
JournalProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo
Issue numberSeptmber
StatePublished - 3 Sep 2014
Event2014 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, ICME 2014 - Chengdu, China
Duration: 14 Jul 201418 Jul 2014


  • Compound Image Coding
  • HEVC
  • Intra Block Copy
  • Non-Square Partition
  • Screen Content


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