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A distributed real-time multi-view video encoder on consumer hardware

Publication by Tobias Lange, Thorsten Herfet
Published in 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting (BMSB), 2017


In this paper we describe a novel approach to create standard-compliant H.264/MVC video streams in realtime by distributing most of the computational complexity among multiple H.264/AVC encoders which can be part of the capturing cameras or separate devices in between the cameras and the transcoder. By exploiting the structural similarities between H.264/AVC and H.264/MVC the transcoder only has to decode its individual input streams at a very high level. With minimal changes to the input streams a standard-compliant multi-view video stream is created. This method is efficient enough that a high number of input streams can be transcoded on a consumer multi-core PC.