Pointwise shape-adaptive DCT for high-quality deblocking of compressed color images

4 Sep 2006  ·  Alessandro Foi, Vladimir Katkovnik, Karen Egiazarian ·

We present an high-quality image deblocking algorithm based on the shape-adaptive DCT (SA-DCT). The SA-DCT is a low-complexity transform which can be computed on a support of arbitrary shape. This transform has been adopted by the MPEG-4 standard and it is found implemented in modern video hardware. The use of this shape-adaptive transform for denoising and deblurring has been recently proposed, showing a remarkable performance. In this paper we discuss and analyze the use of this approach for the deblocking of block-DCT compressed images. Particular emphasis is given to the deblocking of highly-compressed color images. Extensive simulation experiments attest the advanced performance of the proposed filtering method. The visual quality of the estimates is high, with sharp detail preservation, clean edges. Blocking and ringing artifacts are suppressed while salient image features are preserved. The SA-DCT filtering used for the chrominance channels allows to faithfully reconstruct the missing structural information of the chrominances, thus correcting color-bleeding artifacts.

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