Is Smaller Always Better? - Evaluating Video Compression Techniques for Simulation Ensembles

Authors Patrick Ruediger , Christoph Garth, Hans Hagen, Heike Leitte

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Patrick Ruediger
  • Visual Information Analysis Group, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
Christoph Garth
  • Scientific Visualization Group, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
Hans Hagen
  • Computergraphics and HCI Group, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
Heike Leitte
  • Visual Information Analysis Group, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany

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Patrick Ruediger, Christoph Garth, Hans Hagen, and Heike Leitte. Is Smaller Always Better? - Evaluating Video Compression Techniques for Simulation Ensembles. In 2nd International Conference of the DFG International Research Training Group 2057 – Physical Modeling for Virtual Manufacturing (iPMVM 2020). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 89, pp. 10:1-10:18, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)


We provide an evaluation of the applicability of video compression techniques for compressing visualization image databases that are often used for in situ visualization. Considering relevant practical implementation aspects, we identify relevant compression parameters, and evaluate video compression for several test cases, involving several data sets and visualization methods; we use three different video codecs. To quantify the benefits and drawbacks of video compression, we employ metrics for image quality, compression rate, and performance. The experiments discussed provide insight into good choices of parameter values, working well in the considered cases.

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  • Computing methodologies → Image compression
  • Applied computing → Physics
  • Applied computing → Engineering
  • Image Database
  • CinemaDB
  • Video Compression
  • Evaluation
  • Benchmark
  • In-situ


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