Investigating the impact of high frame rates on video compression

Alex Mackin, Aaron Zhang, Miltiadis-Alexios Papadopoulos, David Bull

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In this paper we investigate the impact of frame rate variation on HEVC video compression, and demonstrate that high frame rates (60+ fps) can lead to increased perceptual quality, notably in high bitrate environments. In order to quantify content dependence, a novel way of partitioning video sequences into categories is proposed. Results show that rate-quality performance is improved at higher frame rates for video sequences with camera motion, whereas lower frame rates are favorable in sequences with complex motion (e.g. dynamic textures). We calculate that 60 fps and 120 fps are optimal choices of frame rate at bitrates of 3 Mbps and 7 Mbps respectively, demonstrating that increased frame rates are both feasible and desirable, given current broadcast data rates.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2017)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a meeting held 17-20 September 2017, Beijing, China
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509021758
ISBN (Print)9781509021765
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


  • High frame rates
  • HFR
  • HEVC
  • Video Compression
  • Immersive Video


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