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H.264 Layered Coded Video over Wireless Networks: Channel Coding and Modulation Constraints

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20062006:085870

  • Received: 13 July 2005
  • Accepted: 18 February 2006
  • Published:


This paper considers the prioritised transmission of H.264 layered coded video over wireless channels. For appropriate protection of video data, methods such as prioritised forward error correction coding (FEC) or hierarchical quadrature amplitude modulation (HQAM) can be employed, but each imposes system constraints. FEC provides good protection but at the price of a high overhead and complexity. HQAM is less complex and does not introduce any overhead, but permits only fixed data ratios between the priority layers. Such constraints are analysed and practical solutions are proposed for layered transmission of data-partitioned and SNR-scalable coded video where combinations of HQAM and FEC are used to exploit the advantages of both coding methods. Simulation results show that the flexibility of SNR scalability and absence of picture drift imply that SNR scalability as modelled is superior to data partitioning in such applications.


  • Wireless Network
  • Quantum Information
  • Wireless Channel
  • Video Data
  • Code Video


Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ, UK


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