Video: AV1/VVC Update

AV1 and VVC are both new codecs on the scene. Codecs touch our lives every day both at work and at home. They are the only way that anyone receives audio and video online and television. So all together they’re pretty important and finding better ones generates a lot of opinion.

So what are AV1 and VVC? VVC is one of the newest codecs on the block and is undergoing standardisation in MPEG. VVC builds on the technologies standardised by HEVC but adds many new coding tools. The standard is likely to enter draft phase before the end of 2019 resulting in it being officially standardised around a year later. For more info on VVC, check out Bitmovin’s VVC intro from Demuxed

AV1 is a new but increasingly known codec, famous for being royalty free and backed by Netflix, Apple and many other big hyper scale players. There have been reports that though there is no royalty levied on it, patent holders have still approached big manufacturers to discuss financial reimbursement so its ‘free’ status is a matter of debate. Whilst there is a patent defence programme, it is not known if it’s sufficient to insulate larger players. Much further on than VVC, AV1 has already had a code freeze and companies such as Bitmovin have been working hard to reduce the encode times – widely known to be very long – and create live services.

Here, Christian Feldmann from Bitmovin gives us the latest status on AV1 and VVC. Christian discusses AV1’s tools before discussing VVC’s tools pointing out the similarities that exist. Whilst AV1 is being supported in well known browsers, VVC is at the beginning.

There’s a look at the licensing status of each codec before a look at EVC – which stands for Essential Video Coding. This has a royalty free baseline profile so is of interest to many. Christian shares results from a Technicolor experiment.

Speakers

Christian Feldmann Christian Feldmann
Codec Engineer,
Bitmovin

Video: Scalable Video Coding in HEVC & AV1

While it has never played a big role in practical applications, scalable video coding has been around since the times of MPEG 2, and might actually have some advantages over the multi-rate transmission often applied today. The purpose of scalable coding is to efficiently compress multiple different versions of the same video in one “scalable” bitstream. Actually this sounds like the perfect solution for VOD and streaming applications, but unfortunately it has some downsides and few vendors ever used it. In this talk, Chrstian will review the basic idea of scalable coding, how it is enabled in modern coding standards and the pros and cons of implementing the technology in streaming applications.

Speaker

Christian Feldmann Chrisitan Feldmann
Codec Engineer,
Bitmovin

Video: OTT Moves Toward Microservices


 

Using microservices is a way of architecting your software platform to be nimble, simple and is just as applicable to on-premise platforms as cloud. As scaling is important for OTT providers, it’s not surprising that much work is being done in the OTT sector to utilise microservice architectures.

Even companies that are not yet actively operating on a microservices architecture are looking for vendors who at least have a strategy to cater to it for the future. This session will examine the core benefits (including redundancy, dev ops, scalability, and self-healing), the different approaches (including containerisation and orchestration via Docker, Kubernetes, and Mesos, as well as native microservices models like Erlang), and the complexities of migrating a generic architecture to a microservices architecture.

This panel covers:

    • Why is OTT so suited to microservices?
    • How microservices enable companies to be flexible to changing customer demands
    • How microservices reduce complexity
    • Benefits of continuous deployment

plus much more!

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Moderator: Dom Robinson, Director and Creative Firestarter – id3as, UK & Contributing Editor, StreamingMedia.com, UK
Stefan Lederer, CEO & Co-Founder – Bitmovin, USA
Steve Miller-Jones, Vice President of Product Strategy – Limelight Networks, UK
Xiaomei Lio, Senior Software Engineer, Netflix
Mark Russell, Chief Technology & Strategy Officer, MediaKind
Olivier Karra, Directory of OTT & IPTV Solutions, Marketing, Harmonic Inc.

Webinar: CMAF Low Latency Webinar


Date: Jan 30th, 9am PT / 17:00 GMT
Now on demand!

Bitmovin presents a delve into CMAF – the new low-latency streaming protocol which promises online streaming latencies on-par with traditional broadcast.

Leaders in this space, Anevia, Bitmovin and Fastly come together to discuss whether the industry is in adopting CMAF, how you can implement it and how it works.

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Top Video of 2018: HEVC vs AV1 and the Future of the Codec Battle

 

As the first post of 2019, please allow me to say Happy New Year and to thank you for the time you spend coming to the website, following by email and/or following on social media. Your visits, interest and recommendations are very important and highly appreciated. 2018 ended with being nominated for the Royal Television Society Website of the Year. Whilst the hardworking and knowledgable people at The Broadcast Bridge won, and deservedly so, I hope you’ll be as mighty pleased as I was to see a non-commercial site pitted against the best in the industry. Be assured that The Broadcast Knowledge always aims higher than before so what better motivation than to top that!

As we set our sights on 2019, there’s time for a brief look back at the top video linked to here on The Broadcast Knowledge in 2018. Looking back at the stats, it has the most page visits and the most clicks, so let’s revisit this panel on AV1 and HEVC. It’s not often you get the likes of Facebook and Harmonic sharing their latest research on stage with companies like Harmonic and Bitmovin who are very active in the Codec community, so it’s no surprise this piqued the interest of many.

This panel took place during NAB 2018 when AV1 had just ‘released’ the AV1 codec at the show but the points discussed are as relevant today as they were then including the adoption of HEVC in the marketplace. Having said that, do check out the AV1 and HEVC tags to see what more recent discussions there have been including a discussion of the future of video codecs at Streaming Media East 2018

Sit back and watch HEVC vs AV1 and the Future of the Codec Battle!

Speakers

Jan Ozer Moderator
Jan Ozer
Principal

Doceo Publishing

Thierry Fautier Mr Thierry Fautier

VP, Video Strategy

Harmonic

Michael Coward Mike Coward

Director of Engineering

Facebook

Christopher Mueller Christopher Mueller

CTO

BitMovin

Matt Frost Matt Frost

Head of Strategy and Partnerships

Google Chrome Media

Video: VVC – the Next-Next Gen Codec

VVC is a new standard going through MPEG standardisation which is being increasingly discussed. Dubbed the next, next-gen Codec, it promises to deliver many improvements over current Codecs.

Christian Feldmann from Bitmovin takes us through what’s new to help understand where the Codec is in its development, who is involved and how it’s going to achieve its aims. Covering also licenseing

There’s a lot of work to do, but anyone who has an interest in Codecs should take some time to understand the work which is going on.

Watch now!

Speaker

Christian Feldmann Christian Feldmann
Codec Engineer,
Bitmovin

Webinar: Next Generation TV

Date: Thursday 15th November 2018, 11am PT, 2pm ET, 18:00 GMT

OTT is just TV—or at least it should be. Viewers are looking to OTT services not simply as an add-on to broadcast or cable, but as a replacement. Akamai, Bitmovin and EZDRM join forces in this Streaming Media webinar to shed light on how to make your OTT service as reliable, robust, and feature-rich as broadcast or cable, as well as how to add features and functionality that the previous generation of TV simply can’t match.

Webinar: Advanced Encoding & Transcoding with the Experts

Thursday 27th September 2018, 19:00 BST / 11am PT / 2pm ET

Encoding and transcoding are at the heart of every video service and solution, and the codec and format landscape has never been more crowded. Publishers are wringing the most efficiency out of H.264 while making the move to HEVC/H.265 and AV1—and keeping an eye on other proprietary codecs. On top of all that are considerations like video optimization, bitrate ladders, and per-title encoding.

Join this expert panel as they discuss the latest in encoding and transcoding, including the following:

  • The state of the art in encoding efficiency in 2018
  • How per-title encoding and machine learning can increase quality and decrease delivery costs
  • How to build flexible and cost-effective encoding solution
  • The latest developments in video encoding platforms and infrastructure
  • The benefits of contribution to distribution encoding and transcoding
  • The next big advances in encoding and transcoding, including AV1
MODERATOR PRESENTERS
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Troy Dreier
Editor
OnlineVideo.net
Richard Fliam
Solutions Architect
Bilmovin
Nick Chadwick
Software Engineer
MUX
Jiri Matela
CEO & Co-Founder
Comprimato

Video: The Future of Video Codecs: VP9, HEVC, AV1

FuboTV, Viacom, JWPlayer, Bitmoving and Littlstar sit down together to discuss the state and future of VP9, HEVC and AV1.

With the release of AV1 and support for HEVC in HLS, new dynamics are unfolding in the video codec world. VP9 is still gaining popularity among content providers, especially for web browsers and Android devices. This panel discusses the status of video codecs today, the benefits and drawbacks of each, and how these things will change in the future. It also discusses whether the industry is getting into yet another codec war, meaning that content providers will have to support multiple video codecs in parallel to reach all devices.

The panel hits these topics:

• What they are currently using and how they got there
• Bitmovin’s Video Developer Report
• AV1 coding performance benchmarks
• Use of VP9 and its future
• Apple’s adoption of HEVC on HLS
• 10-bit and 4:2:2 for consumer delivery
• HEVC Patent Pool Changes
• Cost effectiveness of AV1
• Smart TVs and much more!

Moderator:
Igor Oreper, VP, Solutions, Bitmovin
Panelists:
Sung Ho Choi, Co-Founder, Engineering, Fubo.tv
Glenn Goldstein, SVP, Chief Technology Convergence Officer, Viacom
John Luther, SVP of Technology, JW Player
Andrew Grathwohl, Director of Media Technologies, Littlstar

Watch now!

Webinar: The Video APIs & SDK Revolution


Date: Thursday August 23rd 2018, 11am PT / 2pm ET / 19:00 BST

Streaming Media are back with Bitmovin and MUX to talk about APIs.
After all, more APIs and SDKs than ever are available to developers, and they’re getting smarter—allowing businesses to advance their video development at a more rapid pace. APIs simplify everything from payment processing to content management, and SDKs allow for heretofore unheard-of customization for everything from formats and delivery protocols to player controls and features.

Learn how to leverage APIs and SDKs to grow your video business fast, as they dive into these issues:

  • How developers can use APIs and SDKs to build highly customized video streaming platforms, instead of relying on out-of-the-box OVPs
  • The implications and challenges of the APIs & SDK revolution for enterprise engineering teams
  • Best practices for relying on third-party APIs: testing, monitoring, etc.
  • What developers need to know about the video infrastructure layer
  • How to decide which video API fits your needs
  • What resources exist to help broadcast engineers, as well as “traditional” software engineers, advance their video development skills.

Register Now!

Moderator

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Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen
VP / Editor
Streaming Media

Presenter

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Reinhard Grandl
Head of Product
Bitmovin

Presenter

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Justin Sanford
Product Manager
MUX

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