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Suitability of VVC and HEVC for Video Telehealth Systems

Muhammad Arslan Usman1,4,*, Muhammad Rehan Usman2, Rizwan Ali Naqvi3, Bernie Mcphilips4, Christopher Romeika4, Daniel Cunliffe4, Christos Politis1, Nada Philip1

1 Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, Kingston University, London, KT1 2EE, UK
2 School of Electrical Engineering, Superior University, Lahore, Pakistan
3 Department of Unmanned Vehicle Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul, 05006, Korea
4 Pangea Connected Ltd., London, KT1 1BL, UK

* Corresponding Author: Muhammad Arslan Usman. Email: email

Computers, Materials & Continua 2021, 67(1), 529-547.


Video compression in medical video streaming is one of the key technologies associated with mobile healthcare. Seamless delivery of medical video streams over a resource constrained network emphasizes the need of a video codec that requires minimum bitrates and maintains high perceptual quality. This paper presents a comparative study between High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and its potential successor Versatile Video Coding (VVC) in the context of healthcare. A large-scale subjective experiment comprising of twenty-four non-expert participants is presented for eight different test conditions in Full High Definition (FHD) videos. The presented analysis highlights the impact of compression artefacts on the perceptual quality of HEVC and VVC processed videos. Our results and findings show that VVC clearly outperforms HEVC in terms of achieving higher compression, while maintaining high quality in FHD videos. VVC requires upto 40% less bitrate for encoding an FHD video at excellent perceptual quality. We have provided rate-quality curves for both encoders and a degree of overlap across both codecs in terms of perceptual quality. Overall, there is a 71% degree of overlap in terms of quality between VVC and HEVC compressed videos for eight different test conditions.


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Usman, M.A., Usman, M.R., Naqvi, R.A., Mcphilips, B., Romeika, C. et al. (2021). Suitability of VVC and HEVC for video telehealth systems. Computers, Materials & Continua, 67(1), 529-547.
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Usman MA, Usman MR, Naqvi RA, Mcphilips B, Romeika C, Cunliffe D, et al. Suitability of VVC and HEVC for video telehealth systems. Comput Mater Contin. 2021;67(1):529-547
IEEE Style
M.A. Usman et al., "Suitability of VVC and HEVC for Video Telehealth Systems," Comput. Mater. Contin., vol. 67, no. 1, pp. 529-547. 2021.


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