The latest reference software of HEVC Test Model (HM-1.0) was released at svn servers under the HM-1.0 tag. The repository URL for HM-1.0 is https://hevc.hhi.fraunhofer.de/svn/svn_TMuCSoftware/tags/HM-1.0.

HM-1.0 is significantly different from the previous versions of TMuC in that a lot of code implementing things that are not part of the HM design has been removed. As a result, the size of the code base shrunk by about half.

In addition, the first working draft (WD1) of HEVC HM text is also available as document C403 at JCT-VC Document Management System.

]]>In current HM, unified intra prediction provides up to 34 directional prediction modes for different PUs. With the PU size of 4×4, 8×8, 16×16, 32×32, 64×64, there are 17, 34, 34, 34, and 5 prediction modes available respectively. The prediction directions in the unified intra prediction have the angles of +/- [0, 2, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 26, 32]/32. The angle is given by displacement of the bottom row of the PU and the reference row above the PU in case of vertical prediction, or displacement of the rightmost column of the PU and the reference column left from the PU in case of horizontal prediction. Figure 1 shows an example of prediction directions for 32×32 block size. Instead of different accuracy for different sizes, the reconstruction of the pixel uses the linear interpolation of the reference top or left samples at 1/32th pixel accuracy for all block size.

Figure 1. Available prediction directions in the unified intra prediction

Two arrays of reference samples are used in the unified intra prediction, corresponding to the row of samples lying above the current PU to be predicted, and the column of samples lying to the left of the same PU. Given a dominant prediction direction (horizontal or vertical), one of the reference arrays is defined to be the main array and the other array the side array. In the case of vertical prediction, the reference row above the PU is called the main array and the reference column to the left of the same PU is called the side array. In the case of horizontal prediction, the reference column to the left of the PU is called the main array and the reference row above the PU is called the side array.

When the intra prediction angle is positive, blue lines in Figure 1, only the samples from the main array are used for prediction. When the intra prediction angle is negative, red lines in Figure 1, a per-sample test should be performed to determine whether samples from the main or the side array should be used for prediction, as shown in Figure 2 (a). Additionally when the side array is used, the computation of the index into the side array requires a division operation. In order to remove the division operation, the lookup-table (LUT) technique is used for the negative angular prediction process in the calculation of the y-intercept in the case of vertical prediction or the x-intercept in the case of horizontal prediction. Normally, the integer and fractional parts of the intercept between are calculated using the following equations respectively:

*deltaIntSide = (256*32*(l+1)/absAng)>>8*

*deltaFractSide = (256*32*(l+1)/absAng)%256*

where *absAng* is the absolute value of intra prediction angle (=[ 2, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 26, 32]) and *l* is x/y pixel location for vertical/horizontal prediction. With LUT technique, the above equations can be replaced with the following equations:

*deltaIntSide = (invAbsAngTable[absAngIndex]*(l+1))>>8*

*deltaFractSide = (invAbsAngTable[absAngIndex]*(l+1))%256*

where invAbsAngTable = [4096, 1638, 910, 630, 482, 390, 315, 256]. By using LUT, there is no division operation during the computation of the index into the side array. However, there still exists the per-sample test to determine the main or the side array for prediction. To simplify this process, the main array is extended by projecting samples from the side array onto it according to the prediction direction, as shown in Figure 2 (b). During the projection, the fractional part of the intercept is omitted and the intercept is rounded to the nearest integer:

*deltaInteger = (invAbsAngTable[absAngIndex]*(l+1)+128)>>8*

Finally, the prediction process only uses the extended main array and the same simple linear interpolation formula to predict all samples in the PU. Figure 2 shows an example of simplified intra prediction with direction angle VER-8.

Figure 2. An example of simplified intra prediction with direction angle VER-8

When DC mode is used in the intra prediction, the mean value of samples from both top row and left column is used for the DC prediction.

Table 1 summarizes the physical and logical mode indexes used in the bitstream and prediction functions respectively. Depending on the PU size, different numbers of prediction modes are available respectively, as listed in Table 2.

Table 1. Physical and logical mode indexes used in the bitstream and prediction functions respectively

Index |
0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 |

Physical |
VER | HOR | DC | VER-8 | VER-4 | VER+4 | VER+8 | HOR-4 | HOR+4 | HOR+8 | VER-6 | VER-2 |

Logical |
DC | VER-8 | VER-7 | VER-6 | VER-5 | VER-4 | VER-3 | VER-2 | VER-1 | VER | VER+1 | VER+2 |

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