Stereoscopic video quality assessment based on 3D convolutional neural networks

The research of stereoscopic video quality assessment (SVQA) plays an important role for promoting the development of stereoscopic video system. Existing SVQA metrics rely on hand-crafted features, which is inaccurate and time-consuming because of the diversity and complexity of stereoscopic video distortion. This paper introduces a 3D convolutional neural networks (CNN) based SVQA framework that can model not only local spatio-temporal information but also global temporal information with cubic difference video patches as input. First, instead of using hand-crafted features, we design a 3D CNN architecture to automatically and effectively capture local spatio-temporal features. Then we employ a quality score fusion strategy considering global temporal clues to obtain final video-level predicted score. Extensive experiments conducted on two public stereoscopic video quality datasets show that the proposed method correlates highly with human perception and outperforms state-of-the-art methods by a large margin. We also show that our 3D CNN features have more desirable property for SVQA than hand-crafted features in previous methods, and our 3D CNN features together with support vector regression (SVR) can further boost the performance. In addition, with no complex preprocessing and GPU acceleration, our proposed method is demonstrated computationally efficient and easy to use.