Intra prediction mode selection for flicker reduction in H.264/AVC

Seong Soo Chun, Jung R. Kim, Sanghoon Sull

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The H.264/AVC adopted an intra prediction scheme that enables high coding efficiency for intra-coded frames. However, the intra prediction scheme of H.264/AVC may cause flicker in intra-coded frames if the intra prediction modes are not appropriately selected for coding. In this paper, we propose an intra prediction mode selection method for H.264/ AVC by using a modified distortion measure for rate distortion optimized mode selection that does not only consider the distortion between the input and the reconstructed macroblocks, but also the between-frame consistency of distortion between two successive frames to reduce flicker in intra-coded frames. Experimental results demonstrate that our proposed method reduces significant amount of flicker with a negligible change in PSNR and bitrate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1303-1310
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Nov


  • Flicker
  • H.264/AVC
  • Intra prediction
  • Rate-Distortion optimized mode selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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