ⓘ Error concealment is a technique used in signal processing that aims to minimize the deterioration of signals caused by missing data, called packet loss. A sign ..


ⓘ Error concealment

Error concealment is a technique used in signal processing that aims to minimize the deterioration of signals caused by missing data, called packet loss. A signal is a message sent from a transmitter to a receiver in multiple small packets. Packet loss occurs when these packets are misdirected, delayed, resequenced, or corrupted.


1. Receiver-Based Techniques

When error recovery occurs at the receiving end of the signal, it is receiver-based. These techniques focus on correcting corrupted or missing data.

Waveform substitution

Preliminary attempts at receiver-based error concealment involved packet repetition, replacing lost packets with copies of previously received packets. This function is computationally simple and is performed by a device on the receiver end called a "drop-out compensator".

Zero Insertion

When this technique is used, if a packet is lost, its entries are replaced with 0s.


Interpolation involves making educated guesses about the nature of a missing packet. For example, by following speech patterns in audio or faces in video.


Data buffers are used for temporarily storing data while waiting for delayed packets to arrive. They are common in internet browser loading bars and video applications, like YouTube.


2.1. Transmitter-Based Techniques Retransmission

The simplest transmitter-based technique is retransmission, sending the message multiple times. Although this idea is simple, because of the extra time required to send multiple signals, this technique is incapable of supporting real-time applications.


2.2. Transmitter-Based Techniques Packet Repetition

Packet repetition, also called forward error correction FEC, adds redundant data, which the receiver can use to recover lost packets. This minimizes loss, but increases the size of the packet.


2.3. Transmitter-Based Techniques Interleaving

Interleaving involves scrambling the data before transmission. When a packet is lost, rather than losing an entire set of data, small portions of several sets will be gone. At the receiving end, the message is then deinterleaved to reveal the original message with minimal loss.

Transmission without interleaving:

Original transmitted sentence: ThisIsNotAnExampleOfInterleaving Received sentence with a burst error: ThisIsNot______pleOfInterleaving

The term "AnExample" ends up mostly unintelligible and difficult to correct.

With interleaving:

Transmitted sentence: ThisIsAnExampleOfInterleaving. Error-free transmission: TIEpfeaghsxlIrv.iAaenli.snmOten. Received sentence with a burst error: TIEpfe______Irv.iAaenli.snmOten. Received sentence after deinterleaving: T_isI_AnE_amp_eOfInterle_vin_.

No word is completely lost and the missing letters can be recovered with minimal guesswork.


3. Applications

Depending on the method of transmission analog or digital, there are a variety of ways for errors to propagate in the message.

Analog Applications

Since its invention in the 1950s, the magnetic coating used in analog video tape has experienced radio frequency RF signal drop-outs. Some of the techniques that were used for resolving these issues are analogous to those used for concealing errors in modern compressed video signals.

The process of click removal in audio restoration is another example of error concealment. A closely analogous example in the domain of image processing is the use of digital dust and scratch removal processing in film restoration.

Digital Applications

Error concealment has many digital applications, including web browsing, video conferencing, Skype, and YouTube

  • A drop - out compensator is an error concealment device that was commonly used in the analog video era to hide brief RF signal drop - outs on videotape
  • enhancements for recovery of packet loss on IP networks - forward error correction and error concealment RTVideo is a proprietary codec. Like RTAudio this protocol
  • Packet loss concealment PLC is a technique to mask the effects of packet loss in voice over IP VoIP communications. When the voice signal is sent
  • RTAudio decoder has a built - in jitter control module as well as an error concealment module. RTAudio is a proprietary codec. Like RTVideo, this protocol
  • random error correctability Long burst error correctability In case the burst correction capability is exceeded, interpolation may provide concealment by
  • comfort noise generation CNG error concealment EC for packet loss in networks channel - aware mode to improve frame packet error resilience jitter buffer
  • FMO allows one retain a better localized visual context so that error - concealment algorithms can reconstruct missing content. Certain advanced encoding
  • Othello error occurs when a suspicious observer discounts cues of truthfulness. Essentially the Othello error occurs, Paul Ekman states, when the lie
  • the internet using automated jitter buffering, forward error correction and error concealment to minimise latency and maximise packet streaming stability