Video: MPEG-5 EVC

The MPEG-5: Essential Video Codec (EVC) promises to do what no MPEG standard has done before, deliver great improvements in compression and give assurances over patents. With a novel standardisation process, EVC provides a royalty-free base layer plus licensing details are provided upfront.

SMPTE 2019 saw Jonatan Samuelson take us through the details. Founder of Divideon and an editor of the evolving standard. Jonatan starts by explaining the codec landscape in terms of the new and recent codecs coming online showing how EVC differs including from it’s sister codec, VVC in parallel with which EVC is being developed.

Jonatan explains how the patents are being dealt with, comparing to HEVC, he shows that there is a much more simplified range of patent holders. But importantly, the codec has very granular tools to turn on and off separate tools so that you can exclude any that you don’t wish to use for licensing reasons. This is the first time this level of control has been possible. Along with the royalty-free base layer, this codec hopes to provide companies the control they need in order to safely use the codec with predictable costs and without legal challenges.

Target applications for EVC are realtime encoding, video conferencing but also newer ’emerging’ video formats such as 8K with HDR & WCG. To do this, Jonatan explains the different blocks that create the codec itself ahead of walking us through the results.

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Speaker

Jonatan Samuelsson Jonatan Samuelsson
Founder,
Divideon

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

Video: Codec News – Status of HEVC

Jonatan Samuelsson, CEO of Divideon gives a short history of HEVC, it’s status and looks beyond HEVC including a teaser of his own technology, XVC. A great follow on from JanOzer’s codecs update talk and the AV1 update from the Alliance of Open Media all at Streaming Tech Sweden at the end of last year.

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