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MSU Screen Capture Lossless Codec

MSU Graphics & Media Lab (Video Group)

Ideas, implementation: Dmitry Popov

News:
[13.02.2007] Version 1.2.
[02.04.2006] Version 1.1.
[24.03.2006] Version 1.0.
Download! (v1.2)

This codec is free for non-commercial use.
To use it in commercial projects buy a license here.

Changes in version 1.2:

Changes in version 1.1:

This codec is intended for lossless compression of video taken from computer screen. It may be used for making software presentations, video lessons and tutorials, recording video from games etc.

In the future this codec may become a part of MSU Lossless Video Codec.


Several codecs compression ratio comparison


We've compared results of proposed algorithm with other available codecs results.

Comparison was made on several sequences captured in DOSBox emulator from several games (UFO, Jazz Jackrabbit, Test Drive 3, Ultima 6 and Lemmings). All these games except Lemmings ran in 256 colors mode, Lemmings ran in 16 colors mode. Sequences descriptions:

Caption

Resolution and number of frames

geoscape.avi

320x200, 1971

jazz.avi

320x200, 1974

td3.avi

320x200, 876

ultima6.avi

320x200, 2190

vgalemmi.avi

640x350, 4372

Here are a couple of frames from those sequences so you can understand what kind of video we're talking about:
ultima6.avi jazz.avi

Codecs used in comparison are shown in the chart below. In this chart for each codec it is shown how many times better than Huffyuv it compressed file, i.e. Huffyuv_file_size / This_codec_file_size. In all the codecs maximum compression settings were chosen.

Initial sequences were compressed with Zipped Motion Block Video codec in 8 bits per pixel mode, this is why it's compression ratio is so high. All the other codecs including MSU Screen Capture Codec worked in RGB24 mode. This chart demonstrates significant advantage of codecs which use delta-frames compared to the codecs which use only intra frames.

We also compared our codec with TechSmith EnSharpen which "delivers the highest compression in the industry for screen recording and animated content" (link).
We took the video sequence (640480, 214 frames, RGB16) used by TechSmith to demonstrate its superiority and compressed it with our codec 2 times better with the same key frame rate, even though EnSharpen worked in RGB16 and MSU Screen Capture worked in RGB24.
Resulting file: somewins.avi (150 KB).

A frame from this sequence:

Special thanks to Borg No. One for introducing ZMBV codec to us and inspiration to make a codec for this type of video.


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MSU Screen Capture Lossless Codec, version 1.2 from 13.02.2007

Known problems and restrictions:

  • Video image width must be even.
  • (Please let us know if any problems!)

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