HEVC, also known as H.265 is often discussed even many years after its initial release fro MPEG with some saying that people aren’t using it and others saying its gaining traction. In reality, both sides have a point. Increasingly HEVC is being adopted partly because of wider implementation in products and partly because of a continued push toward higher resolution video which often gives the opportunity to make a clean break from AVC/H.264/MPEG 4.
This expert-led talk looks in detail at HEVC and how it’s constructed. For some, the initial part of the video will be enough. Others will want to bookmark the video to use as reference in their work, whilst still others will want to watch the whole things and will immediately find it puts parts of their work in better context.
Wherever you fit, I think you’ll agree this is a great resource for understanding HEVC streams enabling you to better troubleshoot problems.
Date: Friday, March 29th 2019
Time: 11am PT / 2pm ET / 18:00 GMT
NAB is coming around again and the betting has started on what the show will bring. Whilst we can look to last year for hints, here editors from Streaming Media come together to discuss the current trends in the industry and how they will be represented at NAB.
Some highlights of the conversation will be:
What HEVC solutions people are showing – the ongoing codec wars are captivating to most people as AV1 tries – and gradually succeeds – to break its ‘too slow’ label, whilst HEVC continues to grow acceptance with its ‘ready to deploy’ label despite the fees.
UHD production and delivery – We know that production houses prefer to capture higher resolution as it increases the value of their content and gives them more options in editing. But how far is UHD developing further down the chain. Is it just for live sports?
Live Streaming – SRT is bound to keep making waves at NAB has Haivision plans its biggest event yet discussing the many ways it’s being used. SRT delivers encrypted, reliable streams – while there are competitors, SRT continues to grow apace.
NDI – This compressed but ultra low latency codec continues to impress for live production workflows – particularly live events, though it’s not clear how much – if at all – it will make its way into top-tier broadcasters.
Much more will be on the cards, so register now for this session on Friday March 29th.
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VP9 is a well-known codec, but it hasn’t seen many high-profile, live deployments which makes Twitch’s move to deliver their platform using VP9 in preference over AVC all the more interesting.
Here, Yueshi Shen from Twitch, explains the rationale for VP9 by explaining the scale of Twitch and looking at their AVC bitrate demands. He explains the patent issues with HEVC and VP9 then looks at decoder support across devices and platforms. Importantly, encoder implementation is examined leading to Twitch’s choice of FPGA to provide live encoding.
Yueshi then looks at the potential of AV1 to Switch_Frame to provide low-latency broadcast at scale.
There are a lot of codecs both new and old that are in use or vying to be the next big thing. Tom Vaughan helps us see what they really can achieve and where each one is useful.
Recorded at San Francisco Video Tech Meetup in September, this video starts with a look at a the ‘hype cycle’. Tom places each codec, from MPEG 2 to VVC on the curve before looking at what the barriers to adoption are.
Tom then looks at HEVC discussing which devices can receive it, which can create it, the streaming services which support it and where adoption is likely to be. Finally, HEVC discussion is complete without a look at the HEVC patent landscape Venn diagram.
The focus then shifts to the Alliance for Open Media and their AV1 codec, its patent status and technical progress to date. He then discusses the performance of AV1, HEVC and Beamr against each other.
Almost brand new out of the starting blocks is VVC from MPEG and the Media Coding Industry Forum (MC-IF). Tom explains the aims of the forum and the VVC codec they are creating before taking questions from the floor.
Date: Thursday February 28th 2019, 10am PT / 1PM ET / 18:00 GMT
Streaming continues to grow, in amount streamed, in people consuming it and in importance within this and other industries. One things which has always been an enabler yet made streaming harder to deploy is its rapid evolution. Whilst this has been a boon for smaller, nimbler companies – both content producers and service providers – the streaming has now arrived at most companies in one way or another and this breadth of use-cases has kept streaming tech moving forward and showing no signs of abatement.
Some aspects are changing. For instance we are seeing the first patent-free MPEG standard proposals (EVC, which has basic patent-free functionality and a better performing patent-controlled profile) on the heels of AV1. We’re seeing low-latency efforts such as CMAF taking hold as an alternative to WebRTC. With CMAF being much closer to the ever popular HLS, this may well beat out WebRTC in deployments at the cost of a slightly higher, but much improved latency.
To bring all of this in to focus for 2019, Jason Thibeault from the Streaming Video Alliance is bringing together a panel of experts to look at the coming trends and to give us an idea of what to look out for, and how to make sense, of 2019’s year of video delivery.
Zhou Wang explains how to compare HEVC & AVC with AV1 and shares his findings. Using various metrics such as VMAF, PSNR and SSIMPlus he explores the affects of resolution on bitrate savings and then turns his gaze to computation complexity.
This talk was given at the Mile High Video conference in Denver CO, 2018.
Jigsaw24’s Chief Engineer, Phil Crawley, explains video codecs from the fundamentals up. Codecs touch every part of the broadcast chain and are a vital part of the industry as much as of day to day life. So it’s worth brushing up or learning the basics to help you to fully understand what’s happening with today’s codecs, whether that be HEVC, AV1, JPEG XS or trusty MPEG4.
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