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A Novel Hexagonal Search Algorithm for Fast Block Matching Motion Estimation

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20022002:317505

Received: 26 July 2001

Published: 26 June 2002


Based on real-world image sequence characteristics of center-biased motion vector distribution, a Hexagonal (HS) algorithm with center-biased checking point pattern for fast block motion estimation is proposed. The HS is compared with full search (FS), four-step search (4SS), new three-step search (NTSS), and recently proposed diamond search (DS) methods. Experimental results show that the proposed technique provides competitive performance with reduced computational complexity.


fast motion estimationhexagonal search patterncenter-biased motion vector estimation

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Computer Science, Queen Mary, University of London, UK


© Hamosfakidis and Paker 2002