Video: Codec Comparison from TCO and Compression Efficiency Perspective

AVC, now 16 years old, is long in the tooth but supported by billions of devices. The impetus to replace it comes from the drive to serve customers with a lower cost/base and a more capable platform. Cue the new contenders VVC and AV1 – not to mention HEVC. It’s no surprise they comptes better then AVC (also known as MPEG 4 and h.264) but do they deliver a cost efficient, legally safe codec on which to build a business?

Thierry Fautier has done the measurements and presents them in this talk. Thierry explains that the tests were done using reference code which, though unoptimised for speed, should represent the best quality possible from each codec and compared 1080p video all of which is reproduced in the IBC conference paper.

Licensing is one important topic as, by some, HEVC is seen as a failed codec not in terms of its compression but rather in the réticente by many companies to deploy it which has been due to the business risk of uncertain licensing costs and/or the expense of the known licensing costs. VVC faces the challenge of entering the market and avoiding these concerns which MPEG is determined to do.

Thierry concludes by comparing AVC against HEVC, AV1 and VVC in terms of deployment dates, deployed devices and the deployment environment. He looks at the challenge of moving large video libraries over to high-complexity codecs due to cost and time required to re-compress. The session ends with questions from the audience.
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Speaker

Thierry Fautier Thierry Fautier
President-Chair at Ultra HD Forum,
VP Video Strategy, Harmonic

Video: Deployment of Ultra HD Services Around the Globe

In some parts of the industry UHD is entirely absent. Thierry Fautier is here to shine a light on the progress being made around the globe in deploying UHD.

Thierry starts off by defining terms – important because Ultra HD actually hides several, often unmentioned, formats behind the term ‘UHD’. This also shows how all of the different aspects of UHD, which include colour (WCG), HDR, audio (NGA) and frame rate to name only a few, fit together.

There’s then a look at the stats, where is HDR deployed? How is UHD typically delivered? And the famed HDR Venn diagram showing which TVs support which formats.

As ever, live sports is a major testing ground so the talk examines some lessons learnt, and features a BBC case study, from the 2018 World Cup. Not unrelated, there is a discussion on the state of UHD streaming including discussion of CMAF.

Leading nicely onto Content Aware Encoding (CAE), which was also in use at the world cup.

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Speaker

Thierry Fautier Thierry Fautier
President-Chair, Ultra HD Forum
VP Video Strategy, Harmonic

Video: Architecting a media virtual network function (VNF) for broadcast services

This technical presentation from Carl Petch of Telstra Broadcast Services looks at some of the reasons why broadcast providers are moving to virtualization, and what the benefits are of applying virtualization to broadcast workflows. Carl explains the vendors they used, the way they architected their solution and some lessons learnt!

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Speaker:

Carl Petch Carl Petch
Principal Solutions Architect
Telstra Broadcast Services

Video: IBC Tech Talks: Codec Wars

From IBC, this is an fantastic line-up of 6 experts in the field of codecs who dive deep into the pros and cons of AV1, HEVC and discuss alternative codecs.

Three papers are presented showing the reality of the AV1 implementation to date, why there’s promise and why we’re not there yet.

The event moves on to a panel session which digs deep into HEVC licensing, challenger Codecs such as XVC and PERSEUS, and much about UHD and HEVC adoption.

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Featuring

Ben Keen Chair – Ben Keen
Analyst & Advisor – Technology, Media & Telecoms
Ian Trow Ian Trow
Presenting: AV1: Implementation, Performance and Applications
Consultant, Business Development & Technology
Jonatan Samuelsson Jonatan Samuelsson
Presenting: The XVC Video Codec – A Revolutionary Software-Defined Video Compression Format.
Co-founder and CEO
Divideon
Andre Dias Andre Dias
Presenting: An Overview of Recent Video Coding Developments in MPEG and AOMedia
R&D Engineer
BBC
Ken McCann
Ken McCann
Director
Zetacast
Philippe Keutgen Philippe Keutgen
Technology Transfer and Partnerships Manager
BBC
Thierry Fautier Thierry Fautier
Supporting Paper: Understanding the Video Codec Jungle: A Comparison of TCO and Compression Efficiency
UHDF President
Harmonic