Course Catalog 2014-2015

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Course Catalog 2014-2015

SGN-33006 Video Compression, 5 cr

Additional information

Suitable for postgraduate studies

Person responsible

Igor Curcio, Serkan Kiranyaz


Study type P1 P2 P3 P4 Summer Implementations Lecture times and places
 2 h/week
 4 h/week
+2 h/week
+4 h/week



SGN-33006 2014-01 Thursday 14 - 16 , TB111
Friday 14 - 16 , TB111
Tuesday 14 - 16 , TB222
Thursday 14 - 16 , TB104


Exercises, Final exam and an optional assignment.
Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Learning Outcomes

After passing this course, the student should have the knowledge of the different compression methods used for digital video transmission and storage, including the state of the art video codecs H.264/AVC, SVC, MVC, HEVC.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. Compression methods for digital transmission and storage of video. The functional blocks of a modern video compression system with emphasis on signal processing aspects.  video pre- and post-processing  video rate control and implementation aspects 
2. Application of video compression algorithms in practical video applications (digital TV, video phone, internet video) and advanced topics in video compression.  video applications, e.g. streaming  future generation video codecs and future video broadcasting systems. 

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

The course grade is based on 1) the exercises, and 2) the exam performance. Optionally an assignment can provide additional bonus points. The minimum threshold of exercises for being admitted to the final exam is 75% (with a grade >=3). The course exercises focus on the lecture content and give the opportunity to implement and use PCs to enforce the theory learned in the lectures. The final exam assesses the students' performance with respect to the learnings of the whole course.

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (1-5) will be used on the course

Partial passing:

Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Study material

Type Name Author ISBN URL Edition, availability, ... Examination material Language
Book   Coding Artifacts and Visual Distortions   M. Yuen       Chapter 3 of the book   Yes    English  
Book   Error-Resilient Coding and Decoding Strategies for Video Communication   T. Stockhammer, W. Zia       Chapter 2 of the book.   Yes    English  
Book   H.264 and MPEG-4 Video Compression   I.E.G. Richardson       Chapters 1,2,3,6,7 of the book   Yes    English  
Book   The H.264 Advanced Video Compression Standard   I.E. Richardson       Chapters 9.4, 10 of the book   Yes    English  
Book   The Visual System         Chapter 3 of the book   Yes    English  
Journal   Mobile Video QoS Metrics   Igor Curcio         Yes    English  
Journal   Overview of the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) Standard   G.J. Sullivan, J.-R. Ohm, W.-J. Han and T. Wiegand         Yes    English  
Journal   Overview of the Stereo and Multiview Video Coding Extensions of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Standard   A. Vetro, T. Wiegand and G.J Sullivan         Yes    English  
Lecture slides   SGN-33006 Video Compression   Igor Curcio         Yes    English  
Other literature   QoS Aspects of Mobile Multimedia Applications   Igor. D.D. Curcio       Chapter 6 of the thesis   Yes    English  


Course Mandatory/Advisable Description
SGN-12000 Kuvan- ja videonkäsittelyn perusteet Mandatory    
SGN-12006 Basic Course in Image and Video Processing Mandatory    
SGN-22006 Signal Compression Mandatory    
SGN-31006 Image and Video Processing Techniques Advisable    
SGN-51506 Human Visual System Advisable    

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Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
SGN-33006 Video Compression, 5 cr SGN-3156 Video Compression, 4 cr  

More precise information per implementation

Implementation Description Methods of instruction Implementation
SGN-33006 2014-01 The course teaches different compression methods used for digital video transmission and storage, including H.264/AVC, SVC, MVC, HEVC. Lessons 1,2,3 - Basics of video compression + Video quality evaluation Lesson 4 - Human Visual System + coding artifacts and visual distortions Lesson 5,6,7,8,9 - H.264/AVC Lesson 10 - Design and performance + video rate control Lesson 11 - Error resilience in video coding Lesson 12 - H.264/SVC/MVC - HEVC/H.265 Lesson 13 - Advanced topics in media adaptation        

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