Patch-VQ: 'Patching Up' the Video Quality Problem

No-reference (NR) perceptual video quality assessment (VQA) is a complex, unsolved, and important problem to social and streaming media applications. Efficient and accurate video quality predictors are needed to monitor and guide the processing of billions of shared, often imperfect, user-generated content (UGC). Unfortunately, current NR models are limited in their prediction capabilities on real-world, "in-the-wild" UGC video data. To advance progress on this problem, we created the largest (by far) subjective video quality dataset, containing 38,811 real-world distorted videos and 116,433 space-time localized video patches ("v-patches"), and 5.5M human perceptual quality annotations. Using this, we created two unique NR-VQA models: (a) a local-to-global region-based NR VQA architecture (called PVQ) that learns to predict global video quality and achieves state-of-the-art performance on 3 UGC datasets, and (b) a first-of-a-kind space-time video quality mapping engine (called PVQ Mapper) that helps localize and visualize perceptual distortions in space and time.


The LIVE-FB Large-scale Social Video Quality (LSVQ) Dataset includes 38,811 videos and 116,433 “v-patches” extracted from them, on which we collected about 5.5M quality scores in total from around 6,300 unique subjects. The dataset was created by sampling from 400,000 "UGC-like" videos from Internet Archive and Yahoo-Flicker Creative Commons 100M datasets.

Dataset Examples
A collage of video frames from the dataset, each resized to fit. The actual videos are of highly diverse sizes and resolutions.

PVQ Mapper

We created a state-of-the-art deep blind video quality predictor, using a deep neural architecture that computes 2D and 3D video features. The features feed a time series regressor that learns to accurately predict both global video quality, as well as local space-time v-patch quality, by exploiting the relations between them. We also created another unique prediction model that predicts first-of-a-kind space-time maps of video quality. This second model, called the PVQ Mapper, helps localize, visualize, and act on video distortions.

Map predictor
A first of its kind video quality map predictor: Space-time quality maps generated on a video using our PVQ Mapper, and sampled in time for display. Eight video frames are shown at top, with spatial quality maps (blended with the original frames using magma color) immediately under, while the bottom plots show the evolving quality of the video.


Generated Space-time Quality Maps (Video frames on the top, generated maps below)

Generated Space-time Quality Maps - Video frames
Generated Space-time Quality Maps - Video frames
Generated Space-time Quality Maps - Generated Map
Generated Space-time Quality Maps - Generated Map


(1) Zhenqiang Ying, Maniratnam Mandal, Deepti Ghadiyaram, Alan Bovik Patch-VQ: 'Patching Up' the Video Quality Problem. In CVPR 2021 [Paper][Website]

(2) Zhenqiang Ying, Haoran Niu, Praful Gupta, Dhruv Mahajan, Deepti Ghadiyaram, Alan Bovik. From Patches to Pictures (PaQ-2-PiQ): Mapping the Perceptual Space of Picture Quality. In CVPR 2020 [Paper][Website]

(3) Vlad Hosu, Franz Hahn, Mohsen Jenadeleh, Hanhe Lin, Hui Men, Tamás Szirányi, Shujun Li, Dietmar Saupe. The Konstanz natural video database(KoNViD-1k). In Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX) 2017 [Paper][Website]

(4) Zeina Sinno and Alan C. Bovik. Large-scale Study of Perceptual Video Quality. IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 612-627, Feb. 2019 [Paper][Website]