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A Spatial Watermarking Algorithm for Video Images

  • Dumitru Dan Burdescu
  • Liana Stanescu
  • Anca Ion
  • Cristian Marian Mihaescu
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1)

Abstract

The lack of control inherent to digital content has been put on the spotlight by copyright infringement coupled with massive content online distribution (e.g., Peer-to-Peer). Digital Rights Management seems to be the solution to counter this problem advocating the use of cryptography and other related security mechanisms to protect digital content and to associate rights with it which determine how, when and by whom it can be consumed. The rapid growth of digital multimedia technologies brings tremendous attention to the field of digital watermarking. Watermarking embeds a secret message into a cover multimedia data. In media watermarking the secret is usually a copyright notice and the cover a digital image. In digital watermarking, robustness is still a challenging problem if different sets of attacks needed to be tolerated simultaneously. In this paper we present an original spatial watermarking technique for video and images. Our approach modifies blocks of the image or frames by a spatial watermark insertion. Spatial mask of suitable size is used to hide data with less visual impairments. Watermark insertion process exploits average color of the homogeneity regions of the cover image. We took a frame-based approach to video watermarking. From video we extract a certain number of key-frames: the first, the middle, and last key-frame. The first step is decoding: transformation of mpeg to jpeg sequences, after that we select three frames that will be process by applying the watermark mask. In the reverse process of encoding we take the marked frames.

Keywords

video watermarking robustness multimedia JPEG algorithm 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dumitru Dan Burdescu
    • 1
  • Liana Stanescu
    • 1
  • Anca Ion
    • 1
  • Cristian Marian Mihaescu
    • 1
  1. 1.Software Engineering DepartmentUniversity of CraiovaCraiovaRomania

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