Lightweight Image Codec via Multi-Grid Multi-Block-Size Vector Quantization (MGBVQ)

25 Sep 2022  ·  Yifan Wang, Zhanxuan Mei, Ioannis Katsavounidis, C. -C. Jay Kuo ·

A multi-grid multi-block-size vector quantization (MGBVQ) method is proposed for image coding in this work. The fundamental idea of image coding is to remove correlations among pixels before quantization and entropy coding, e.g., the discrete cosine transform (DCT) and intra predictions, adopted by modern image coding standards. We present a new method to remove pixel correlations. First, by decomposing correlations into long- and short-range correlations, we represent long-range correlations in coarser grids due to their smoothness, thus leading to a multi-grid (MG) coding architecture. Second, we show that short-range correlations can be effectively coded by a suite of vector quantizers (VQs). Along this line, we argue the effectiveness of VQs of very large block sizes and present a convenient way to implement them. It is shown by experimental results that MGBVQ offers excellent rate-distortion (RD) performance, which is comparable with existing image coders, at much lower complexity. Besides, it provides a progressive coded bitstream.

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