Assessor Selection Process for Perceptual Quality Evaluation of 360 Audiovisual Content

Randy Frans Fela, Nick Zacharov, Søren Forchhammer

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For accurate and detailed perceptual evaluation of compressed omnidirectional multimedia content, it is imperative for assessor panels to be qualified to obtain consistent and high-quality data. This work extends existing procedures for assessor selection in terms of scope (360° videos with high-order ambisonic), time efficiency, and analytical approach, as described in detail. The main selection procedures consisted of a basic audiovisual screening and three successive discrimination experiments for audio (listening), video (viewing), and audiovisual using a triangle test. Additionally, four factors influencing quality of experience, including the simulator sickness questionnaire, were evaluated and are discussed. After the selection process, a confirmatory study was conducted using three experiments (audio, video, and audiovisual) and based on a rating scale methodology to compare performance between rejected and selected assessors. The studies showed that (i) perceptual discriminations are influenced by the samples, the encoding parameters, and some quality of experience factors; (ii) the probability of symptom occurrence is considerably low, indicating that the proposed procedure is feasible; and (iii) the selected assessors performed better in discrimination than the rejected assessors, indicating the effectiveness of the proposed procedure.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Audio Engineering Society
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)824–842
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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