Video: VP9 Transcoding for Live eSports Broadcast

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.

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Speaker

Yueshi Shen Yueshi Shen
Principal (Level 7) Research Engineer & Engineering Manager,
Twitch

Video – Live Streaming with VP9 at Twitch TV

Tarek Amara from Twitch explains their move from a single codec (H.264) to multiple codecs in order to provide viewers an optimal viewing experience.

In this session, Tarek shares findings on VP9’s suitability for live streaming and the technical and industrial challenges such move involves. Covering:

  • VP9 encoding performance,
  • Device and player support,
  • Bandwidth savings,
  • The role of FPGAs
  • plus an overview of how the transcoding platform need to change to enable VP9 encoding and delivery at scale.

This presentation is from the Video Engineering Summit at Streaming Media West 2018.

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Speaker

Tarek Amara Tarek Amara
Senior Video Specialist,
Twitch TV/Amazon

Video: Next-Generation Video Compression Techniques

Thierry Fautier, speaking at SMPTE 2017, explains the planned advances in Codecs for the next 5 years explaining the new techniques and likely future abilities of the different codecs. Based on his technical paper, Thierry explains efforts to ‘boost’ HEVC and, in the future JVET which complements his comprehensive look across VP9, HEVC, AVC, JVET and AV1.

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Speaker


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

Video: Comparing AV1, VP9, HEVC, & H.264

Comparing AV1, VP9, HEVC and H.264 is quite a task, but Streaming Media’s Jan Ozer is here to take us through it. From MPEG royalties to VP9 browser compatibility, from the AV1 roadmap to HEVC-enabled HLS, this is a comprehensive look at real world usage of the top four codecs.

This is a key topic because many content distributors and aggregators still use H.264 as their primary, if not exclusive, codec, but the bandwidth savings promised by newer, more powerful codecs are alluring. Those considering a switch must evaluate at least three options: HEVC, VP9, and AV1.

In this session, codec specialist Jan Ozer evaluates the quality of these codecs and compares them to H.264. Learn how much bandwidth you can save with each, and how the newer codecs compare from quality and implementation perspectives.

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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

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Webinar: Compression Economics


Date: Today, 23rd July, 2018 16:00 BST / 8am PST

This joint webinar from the IABM and V-Nova, will dive into the current state of the compression market, exploring new technologies and assessing compression costs and benefits to broadcasters, operators and OTT providers.

“More with less,” this has always been the compression mantra since the beginning. With the rise of new media and the emergence of immersive formats such as UHD and VR, compression vendors have been again asked to deliver better quality at a reduced bit-rate.

    Topics include:

  • Industry trends driving demand for improved video compression
  • Shift from hardware to software (and virtualisation) – impact on compression vendors and benefits for operators
  • The benefits of next-generation video compression for AVOD and SVOD services. What are the dynamics? How much of an effect can it have on a streaming video business?
  • The rise of AI – how artificial intelligence can improve compression economics
  • Immersive formats – UHD/VR demand by end-users; economics of delivering these formats and how best to do so
  • HEVC, AV1 and PERSEUS Plus – the various factors dictating what codec to choose and in which scenarios they have most value

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Webinar: Managing Transition to HEVC/VP9/AV1 with Multi-Codec Streaming

In this talk from Streaming Media East 2018 Paul MacDougall from Bitmovin discusses moving from h.264 to newer codecs.

Video streaming is in transition towards the next generation of video codecs, offering to double the quality while lowering the required bandwidth. As the successor crown to the ubiquitous AVC/H.264 is still up for grabs, major content providers and device manufacturers are throwing their weights behind competing formats – HEVC/VP9/AV1 – leading to market fragmentation, specifically within web environments. To deal with this challenge, OTT services need to support multiple codecs in an efficient way.

In this presentation, Paul talks about how to evaluate the benefits and the tradeoffs of embracing next generation compression technologies in your media workflow. He looks at the state of the browser market and compatibility, current deployment percentages and then how to decide whether to do multiple encoding on an asset or not. Paul finished with advice on playback and the state of smart TVs.

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Video: Current Status of Codecs Keynote from Jan Ozer


From the Streaming Tech conference in Sweden, Jan Ozer gives us a pleasantly detailed overview of the status of codec licencing, costs, development and performance. From h.264 to VP9 to AV1 with a section on HEVC.

Streaming Tech Sweden is a Swedish conference with a dedicated focus on the technology for video streaming. This is the meeting place for tech managers, architects, developers and product managers looking to be educated and inspired by experts in this area, network with peers and bring home new thoughts and ideas.

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