Layered coding vs. multiple descriptions for video streaming over multiple paths

J. Chakareski, S. Han, B. Girod

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In this paper, we examine the performance of specific implementations of multiple description coding and of layered coding for video streaming over error-prone packet switched networks. We compare their performance using different transmission schemes with and without network path diversity. It is shown that, given specific implementations, there is a large variation in relative performance between multiple description coding and layered coding depending on the employed transmission scheme. For scenarios where the packet transmission schedules can be optimized in a rate-distortion sense, layered coding provides a better performance. The converse is true for scenarios where the packet schedules are not rate-distortion optimized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-285
Number of pages11
JournalMultimedia Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Media Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


  • Layered coding
  • Multiple description coding
  • Packet path diversity
  • Rate-distortion optimized streaming
  • Video communication


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