H261 and H263-based Programmable Video Transceivers

P.Cherriman, L. Hanzo

Department of Electronics and Computer Science,
Univerity of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK.
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Email: lh@ecs.soton.ac.uk

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Presented at IEEE ICCS'96 / ISPACS'96, 25-29 November 1996, Singapore, pp. 1369-1373 (Volume 3).


The video quality versus bitrate performance of the H.261 and H.263 codecs is characterised and a bitrate control algorithm is proposed in order to maintain a selectable near-constant video bitrate. The source codecs are operated at four different bitrates, which result in a constant symbol rate after error correction coding. This system constellation allowed us to maintain a constant video user bandwidth requirement, but benefit from improving channel conditions in terms of better video quality, when invoking more bandwidth efficient modem schemes ranging from 1 to 6 bits per symbol.

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