Tutorial 15: 3D Video Coding & Distribution

Presented by

Dr. Anthony Vetro


3D video is currently being introduced to the home through various channels, including Blu-ray Disc, cable and satellite transmission, terrestrial broadcast, and streaming and download through the Internet. Today's 3D video offers a high-quality and immersive multimedia experience, which has only recently become feasible on consumer electronics platforms through advances in display technology, signal processing, and circuit design.

This tutorial will review the state-of-the-art in 3D video coding and distribution systems, including current industry status, standardization and research issues. The session will introduce various types of displays and representation formats for 3D video. Corresponding compression techniques and formats will be described in detail, with emphasis on recently finalized standards based on H.264/AVC as well as emerging formats that integrate depth signals or propose extensions to the new HEVC coding standard. Various distribution systems will also be reviewed including storage systems such as Blu-ray Disc, as well as broadcast systems such as cable and terrestrial. Finally, new interfaces and display processing techniques to support rendering of high-quality 3D video on devices will be covered. The session will conclude with a review of main topics, discussion of research opportunities, and future outlooks for 3D video systems.

Speaker Biography

Anthony Vetro received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY. He joined Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Cambridge, MA, in 1996, where he is currently a Group Manager responsible for research and standardization on video coding, as well as work on display processing, information security, speech processing, and radar imaging. He has published more than 150 papers in these areas. He has also been an active member of the ISO/IEC and ITU-T standardization committees on video coding for many years, where he has served as an ad-hoc group chair and editor for several projects and specifications. Most recently, he was a key contributor to the Multiview Video Coding extension of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC standard. He also serves as Head of the U.S. delegation to MPEG.

Dr. Vetro is also active in various IEEE conferences, technical committees and editorial boards. He currently serves on Editorial Boards of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine and IEEE MultiMedia Magazine, and as an Associate Editor for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS FOR VIDEO TECHNOLOGY and IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON IMAGE PROCESSING. He served as Chair of the Technical Committee on Multimedia Signal Processing of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2008-2009), on the Steering Committees of IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MULTIMEDIA (2008-2010), as an Associate Editor for IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2006-2007), on the Steering Committee of ICME (2006-2009), Conference Chair for MMSP 2011 and ICCE 2006, Tutorials Chair for ICME 2006, and on the Publications Committee of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS (2002-2008). He is a member of the Technical Committees on Visual Signal Processing & Communications and Multimedia Systems & Applications of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, and the Technical Committee on Image, Video and Multidimensional Signal Processing of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He served as a Guest Editor for several special issues. Dr. Vetro has also received several awards for his work on transcoding, including the 2003 IEEE Circuits and Systems CSVT Transactions Best Paper Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.