Impact of Scalable Video Coding on Multimedia Provisioning

Research Article

Overview of the SVC4QoE Project

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-35155-6_44,
        author={Marcus Barkowsy and M\^{e}d\^{e}ric Blestel and Mathieu Carnec and Adlen Ksentini and Patrick Callet and G\^{e}rard Madec and Raoul Monnier and Jean-Fran\`{e}ois Nezan and Romuald Pepion and Yohann Pitrey and Jean-Fran\`{e}ois Travers and Micka\`{\i}l Raulet and Alain Untersee},
        title={Overview of the SVC4QoE Project},
        proceedings={Impact of Scalable Video Coding on Multimedia Provisioning},
        keywords={Scalable Video Coding DVB-T2 Quality of Experience},
  • Marcus Barkowsy
    Médéric Blestel
    Mathieu Carnec
    Adlen Ksentini
    Patrick Callet
    Gérard Madec
    Raoul Monnier
    Jean-François Nezan
    Romuald Pepion
    Yohann Pitrey
    Jean-François Travers
    Mickaël Raulet
    Alain Untersee
    Year: 2012
    Overview of the SVC4QoE Project
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-35155-6_44
Marcus Barkowsy1, Médéric Blestel2, Mathieu Carnec3, Adlen Ksentini4, Patrick Callet1, Gérard Madec5, Raoul Monnier6, Jean-François Nezan2, Romuald Pepion1, Yohann Pitrey1, Jean-François Travers7, Mickaël Raulet2, Alain Untersee8
  • 1: IRCCYN
  • 2: IETR-INSA Rennes
  • 3: AccepTV
  • 4: INRIA
  • 5: Telecom Bretagne
  • 6: Grass Valley
  • 7: TDF
  • 8: Teamcast


The aim of this paper is to give an overview of the SVC4QoE project which purpose is to use Scalable Video Coding (SVC) to optimize video transmission in terms of Quality of Experience over DVB-T2 channels. The originality of this project is to consider the influence of the whole chain of processing and delivery performed on the video data in terms of user-perceived quality. The encoding process, as well as transmission, decoding and display are included in the optimization process. Particularly, the multi-layer structure of SVC is to be exploited to circumvent alterations of the video related to transmission on error-prone networks. Combining SVC with QoE thus provides a way to reduce network operating costs, while increasing the quality from the user’s point of view. Several innovations are also to be mentioned, such as the use of a real-time open-source SVC decoder, evaluation of visual quality through subjective quality assessment tests, transmission and synchronization of SVC layers on the receiver’s side, and development and integration of an end-to-end DVB-T2 chain which implements the multi-PLP (Physical Layer Pipes) functionality in an SVC context.