Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Google open-sources JPEG encoder that reduces file sizes by 35%

Google's new algorithm shrinks JPEG files by 35 percent Google open-sources JPEG encoder that reduces file sizes by 35%
Garry Little | 18 March, 2017, 00:59

This sets the algorithm apart from other methods of reducing JPEG file sizes, like RNN-based image compression, RAISR, and WebP. The algorithm used by the company allows it to compress JPEGs by up to 35% more than now available methods.

Google hopes that the algorithm used in its Guetzli encoder will enhance the performance of webpages, allowing for less bandwidth usage and faster loading times.

In a blog post, Google said that Guetzli, which is "cookie" in Swiss German, is a JPEG encoder for web sites that it claims will create smaller overall files while still remaining compatible with current web sites, any image processing applications and the JPEG standard. The uncompressed image is on the left, the libjpeg version is in the middle, and the Guetzli version is on the right.

Google is devoting time to further reduce the size of existing JPEG image files with the primary aim of making web pages load faster. "This implies the Butteraugli psychovisual image similarity metric which guides Guetzli is reasonably close to human perception at high-quality levels".

The quality of JPEG images is directly correlated to its multi-stage compression process: colour space transform, discrete cosine transform, and quantization.

Google is offering the Guetzli encoder as an open source software project for anyone to check out and possibly improve. Therefore any compression technique needs to downsample in a manner which leads to the highest perceptual image quality possible, since there is no "way back".

This algorithm is basically an encoder which creates JPEG files of size 35% smaller than other image file creation methods.

The underlying compression algorithms behind popular implementations of JPEG have always been lossy; once a web version has been generated from a high-quality original master, the lost pixel information can not be recovered (except, arguably by AI - another field of interest for Google's image researchers).

Guetzli employs a search algorithm that tries to overcome the difference between the psychovisual modeling of JPEG's format and Guetzli's psychovisual model. Google's tests showed that Guetzli outdoes Mozilla's tool by 29 to 45 percent. The second image is encoded with libjpeg and the third image uses Guetzli.

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