An Adaptive Algorithm for Fast Inter Mode Decision in the H.264/AVC Video Coding Standard Articles uri icon

publication date

  • May 2010

start page

  • 826

end page

  • 834


  • 2


  • 56

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0098-3063

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-4127


  • The H.264/AVC video coding standard achieves a high coding efficiency compared to previous standards. However, the encoder complexity results in a very high computational cost due to motion estimation and macroblock mode decisions. In this paper, we propose a simple, content adaptive mode decision method suitable for a variety of applications. Experimental results show that the proposed algorithm effectively reduces about 60% of the encoding time with negligible quality loss in respect to the reference model and it compares favorably with two of the most recognized algorithms in the literature.