New codecs to tame the video data flood

September 12, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
New codecs to tame the video data flood
The International Broadcast Conference (IBC) 2019 in Amsterdam, one of the world's most important trade fairs for media and broadcasting technology, starts on 13 September. The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI will present current innovations in the field of video technologies.

At IBC 2019, Fraunhofer HHI researchers will present the latest version of the Versatile Video Coding (VVC) reference code and the first prototype of a live software decoder for the VVC codec. In addition, Fraunhofer HHI and Volucap GmbH will present a novel capture studio and a processing workflow for high-quality volumetric video productions for future VR/AR media productions.

Compressed video data is growing faster than ever before. Already today, they make up by far the highest proportion of bits on the Internet and in mobile data traffic. This illustrates the need for more efficient compression beyond the current High Efficiency Video Coding Standard (HEVC). In order to meet this demanding challenge, the ITU-T Video Coding Expert Group (VCEG) and the ISO/IEC Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) have already started working together in the Joint Video Experts Team (JVET). After leading technology companies (as well as Fraunhofer HHI) have submitted promising proposals for HEVC succession, the standardization of the Versatile Video Coding (VVC) called HEVC successor began in April. Standardization is expected to be completed by 2020 and the final standard will achieve 50% bit rate reduction compared to HEVC.

At the show, Fraunhofer HHI will present the latest version of the VVC reference codec to the public. This version shows significant bit rate reduction compared to HEVC for a wide range of video content from High Definition (HD) to High Dynamic Range Ultra-HD. In addition, Fraunhofer HHI presents the first prototype of a software live decoder for the VVC codec.


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