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How to Make the Move to HEVC - Streaming Media Magazine

How to Make the Move to HEVC - Streaming Media Magazine | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


It's still early in the game, but here's everything you need to know about moving to the next-generation video codec.


As an overview, HEVC offers two key advantages over the reigning codec king, H.264: quality equivalent to H.264 at half the data rate and the ability to deliver 4K video, or Ultra HD video (UHD).



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intoPIX Demonstrates First TICO Lightweight Compression Running on FPGA Hardware - NAB 2014

intoPIX Demonstrates First TICO  Lightweight Compression Running on FPGA Hardware - NAB 2014 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Without any usage of external memory and with an incredibly low footprint, TICO FPGA IP-cores provide a lightweight visually lossless compression up to 4:1, with a fixed latency of few pixel lines for HD, 4K or 8K.


This new advanced image and video compression algorithm is designed to efficiently and invisibly tackle important cost and bandwidth challenges faced by our industry.


NAB 2014 intoPIX Booth:  C5243

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ST, SoftAtHome accelerate adoption of UHD technologies

ST, SoftAtHome accelerate adoption of UHD technologies | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and SoftAtHome, a provider of home operating platforms enabling convergent services for the digital home, today announced their extended collaboration to enable operators to deliver Ultra High Definition (UHD) viewing experiences on the latest-generation set-top boxes with ST chips
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The Importance of HEVC in the future of Video Delivery

The Importance of HEVC in the future of Video Delivery | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding or H.265) is one of the most important technologies to have emerged in the TV industry in the last decade, as it results in a huge cost savings for operators by halving the bit rates necessary to deliver video.


HEVC allows operators to do more with less at a time when they are struggling to manage the heavy demands that video streaming puts on their networks and it will pave the way for the future of 4K UHDTV content.


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CyberLink PowerDirector 12 Empowers Consumer Creation in Ultra-HD 4K Video With New Support of XAVC S Format

CyberLink PowerDirector 12 Empowers Consumer Creation in Ultra-HD 4K Video With New Support of XAVC S Format | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


CyberLink Corp., a provider of innovative media creativity solutions, today announced that its multi-awarded video editing software, PowerDirector 12, now empowers consumers with an end-to-end solution to create and produce Ultra-HD 4K content, through its support of the XAVC S format.

Ultra-HD 4K is the industry standard for ultra-high definition and is increasingly featured on televisions, and now, camcorders, and was prominently featured as a flagship technology at the recently-completed Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

With the emergence of Sony high-definition camcorders in the consumer market, the Sony XAVC S video format has been widely adopted by video enthusiasts.

To ensure users have the most comprehensive Ultra-HD 4K video editing experience, CyberLink PowerDirector 12 now provides full compatibility of XAVC S video format support.

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Folded Space Announces Deep Color Content Encoding for New HD and UHD/4K Displays

Folded Space Announces Deep Color Content Encoding for New HD and UHD/4K Displays | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


New process supports Blu-ray discs (and future UHD/4K discs) fully compatible with existing players while offering 12 bits per color for displays with decoding capabilities.


Folded Space Website:

http://folded-space.com/


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Elemental Technologies sees a vivid future in ultra high definition TV

Elemental Technologies sees a vivid future in ultra high definition TV | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Elemental's video encoding technology converts super-sharp TV images to a manageable size -- something that existing home Internet connections can stream.


Elemental Technologies Website:

http://www.elementaltechnologies.com/


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NatureVue(TM) Ultra-High-Definition Video Signal Processor Supports Multiple Display Resolutions

NatureVue(TM) Ultra-High-Definition Video Signal Processor Supports Multiple Display Resolutions | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

Analog Devices, Inc. introduced today an ultra-high-definition (UHD) video signal processor that is able to upscale and downscale between SD (480i), ED (480p), HD (720p, 1080i and 1080p), and UHD (2160p) video formats.


The UHD NatureVue(TM) ADV8005 video signal processor supports multiple screen resolutions across two simultaneous video streams in applications ranging from A/V receivers and HDMI splitters to commercial video distribution systems and digital signage.


The new processor can internally generate a high quality, bitmap-based on-screen display (OSD) that allows designers to easily incorporate features such as scrolling text and animation in color depths up to 24-bit true color.


It also accepts OSD information from an external source, such as a graphics processing unit.


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New ultra-HD TVs will be Netflix-ready

New ultra-HD TVs will be Netflix-ready | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Netflix says video streaming in ultra-high definition will "just work" for buyers of new UHD sets from Sony, LG, Samsung, Vizio and others.

That's because Ultra HD models from those makers will include the Netflix app and chips that decode signals in the so-called High Efficiency Video Coding standard, or HEVC.

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LG announces Netflix 4K streaming app on 12 new UHD models

LG announces Netflix 4K streaming app on 12 new UHD models | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The two companies have agreed on a partnership which will offer Netflix’s coming 4K streaming service on 12 of LG’s latest UHD TVs.


The new TVs are primed and ready for optimal 4K streaming thanks to the inclusion of the latest HEVC compression codec, H.265, as well as HDMI 2.0, which allows them to stream at 60 fps.


The app is designed to run on LG’s spanking new webOS smart platform, and LG has touted the combination of all factors will provide an experience which it says will “…change the way consumers enjoy television.”


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Is YouTube Going To Start Streaming 4K Video?

Is YouTube Going To Start Streaming 4K Video? | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


4K is one of those formats that seem to totter on the verge of acceptance, but never quite get there. Still, it may be getting a major boost next week… and from an unlikely place. YouTube might be out to beat video streaming services by getting 4K video to market first.


YouTube might be going to 4K streaming.


Yes, for free.


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Realtek’s 4K2K UHD Smart TV SoC (RTD2995) Wins Innovative Product Award 2013

Realtek’s 4K2K UHD Smart TV SoC (RTD2995) Wins Innovative Product Award 2013 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Realtek Semiconductor Corp., one of the world's leading IC providers, today announced that its 4K2K UHD Smart TV SoC (RTD2995) has received an Innovative Product Award 2013 from the Hsinchu Science Park Administration in Taiwan.

This is the first 4K2K single TV SOC solution to combine 4K2K video processing and smart features. Realtek's innovative TV hardware platform and advanced technology provides an outstanding and powerful platform using open-source Android OS, hastening the migration to 4K2K TV.

The RTD2995 is a comprehensive and full-featured smart TV controller offering video decoding up to 4K2K and encoding up to 1080p, a powerful multi-core ARM CPU, a high-performance multi-core 3D GPU, support for 3D shutter glass and PR panel, support for all 4K2K panels, 4K2K Video/Photo Playback and HDMI 4K2K input, 4K2K Android 4.x TV with APP application, support for Gesture Control and Object Recognition, and support for 3D Game and Sports Applications.
 

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Elemental gears for 4K Olympics and Ultra HD programming tiers

Elemental gears for 4K Olympics and Ultra HD programming tiers | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


A top executive at encoding technology vendor Elemental Technologies said he expects several broadcasters to deliver 4K Ultra HD programming from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and that multiple providers worldwide will launch 4K programming tiers in the second half of 2014.


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H.265 vs VP9: 4K Video Codecs Explained

H.265 vs VP9: 4K Video Codecs Explained | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


We compare the codecs battling to bring you 4K video.


H.265 and VP9 support 8K content as well and with physical media on the wane, this makes them quite frankly the future of television and video, which is why they're so important.


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The Next Big Thing: 4K Ultra HD

The Next Big Thing: 4K Ultra HD | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


We are on the verge of another major jump in resolution, and the next big thing is 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160).


Once you go 4K, you won’t want to go back. 4K displays have four times the number of pixels as 1080p brethren and provide superior image clarity by packing more than 8 million pixels.


If you’re using a 4K display now, check out the clear difference in visual quality by adjusting the resolution on a few 4K YouTube videos.


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Making Room for UHDTV

Making Room for UHDTV | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


We discussed the many aspects of UHD including larger color space, high dynamic range, higher frame rates in addition to the increased resolution.
I talked about how at Iowa Public Television, we work in an uncompressed environment when creating shows in our studio and how that has simplified our infrastructure.

But as I look forward to implementing UHD, even at a relatively small facility, the laws of physics and the laws of economics seem to be conspiring against the concept of the uncompressed backbone.

By Bill Hayes, director of engineering for Iowa Public Television.

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IDT MEMS Oscillators Selected by Samsung for Ultra-HD TV

IDT MEMS Oscillators Selected by Samsung for Ultra-HD TV | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Integrated Device Technology, Inc., the Analog and Digital Company™ delivering essential mixed-signal semiconductor solutions, today announced that its MEMS oscillators have been selected by Samsung for use in its ultra-high definition (UHD) TV.

The low-jitter and high-reliability specifications of IDT’s MEMS oscillators met Samsung’s stringent program requirements to win the high-volume consumer socket.


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Folded Space announces 12-bit color encoding tech for HD, UHD movies

Folded Space announces 12-bit color encoding tech for HD, UHD movies | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The new technology supports Blu-ray discs (and future UHD/4K discs) fully compatible with existing players while offering 12 bits per color for displays and players compatible with the DCE technology.


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Sony, Intel, Other Companies Rally Behind Google’s VP9 4K Video Format

Sony, Intel, Other Companies Rally Behind Google’s VP9 4K Video Format | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it



Google’s VP9 4K, a video format that consumes close to half the bandwidth necessary to stream high-definition videos, is getting a round of support pledges from several TV manufacturers, the likes of Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, Panasonic, Philips, LG, and Sharp, as well as chip makers Nvidia, Qualcomm, Intel, Imagination, Marvell, MediaTek, RealTek, M-Star, and Broadcom.


Large-screen TVs able to support Google’s VP9 video codec are already unveiled.


During the International CES show in Las Vegas, LG, Panasonic, and Sony will be streaming 4K video from YouTube at their booths.


In the 4K format, videos will be rendered at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.


Google’s VP9 will enable device manufacturers to stream 4K video from online video services with less buffering and less bandwidth.


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Ultra HD and HEVC Look Forward to a Big 2014

Ultra HD and HEVC Look Forward to a Big 2014 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


4K television, also known as Ultra HD, was one of the hits at the CES show.


This is an important issue because healthy adoption of Ultra HD will means equally widespread deployment of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), which is the successor to MPEG-4 and more or less a requisite network upgrade.


Due to its higher compression capabilities, HEVC will increase broadband capacity across the board.


Andre Bontems's insight:


..  Not anything about UHD but for the fun of it don't miss the 'Weirdness at CES' comments at the end of the article!

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/techknow/consumer-electronics-show-10-weirdest-products/story-fni0c6zc-1226798133919


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Digital Home SoCs move to 64-bit ARM cores to support ultra-high definition

Digital Home SoCs move to 64-bit ARM cores to support ultra-high definition | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


STMicroelectronics has unveiled the details of its STi8K SoCs, aimed at future digital media.


Based on the latest ARMv8-A cores, the SoCs will further enhance the available Cannes/STiH3 (FHD/UHD HEVC Client-Box), Monaco/STiH4 (FHD/UHD HEVC Server/Gateways), and Alicante/STiD12 (DOCSIS) product families, providing, in combination with them, a smooth and future-proof industry transition from 32-bit to 64-bit computing.


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Brightcove and Rovi Collaborate to Support High-Efficiency Video Encoding (HEVC) and UltraHD/4K

Brightcove and Rovi Collaborate to Support High-Efficiency Video Encoding (HEVC) and UltraHD/4K | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Brightcove, a leading global provider of cloud services for video, and Rovi Corporation, today announced a collaboration designed to accelerate the adoption of next-generation video compression standards.

Through the agreement, Brightcove has licensed the DivX High-Efficiency Video Encoding (HEVC) solution, which is critical for streaming high-quality video and will be a driving factor in the delivery of 4K content to new Ultra HD displays.

Brightcove plans to support DivX HEVC within its Zencoder cloud-based encoding service.

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KALRAY to showcase low power, live Ultra HD (4K) HEVC encoder at CES 2014 in collaboration with DivX

KALRAY to showcase low power, live Ultra HD (4K) HEVC encoder at CES 2014 in collaboration with DivX | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


KALRAY, the designer and exclusive provider of the low power, high performance MPPA MANYCORE processor, today announced plans to demonstrate at CES 2014, the first low power live Ultra HD HEVC (4K) encoder running on the KALRAY MPPA MANYCORE processor.

The demonstration is streaming DivX HEVC UltraHD (4K) video to a set top box.

Kalray Website:
http://www.kalray.eu/

CES Las Vegas Jan 7-10, 2014, Eureka Park, Venetian, Level 1, Booth #73102

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Google to push royalty-free VP9 4K video codec as H.265 alternative for YouTube

Google to push royalty-free VP9 4K video codec as H.265 alternative for YouTube | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

While VP8, Google's initial attempt at a royalty-free video codec, failed to gain much traction, the search giant is now focusing its efforts on ultra-high-resolution 4K video with its new VP9 codec, with a large-scale unveiling with YouTube multiple hardware partners set to take place next week, according to a new report.

 


YouTube Will Debut Super-Low Bandwidth 4K Streaming Next Week:
http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2014/01/rumour-youtube-will-debut-super-low-bandwidth-4k-streaming-next-week/



YouTube to Demo VP9 4K Video Streaming at LG & Sony CES Booths
http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/youtube-ces-201401033547.htm


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Morega Demonstrates World's First Ultra HD 4K Media Mobility Solution on the ViXS XCode 6400 SoC Platform

Morega Demonstrates World's First Ultra HD 4K Media Mobility Solution on the ViXS XCode 6400 SoC Platform | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


As a proven leader, Morega worked with long-term partner ViXS Systems Inc. (TSX: VXS) to be first to market with an Ultra HD 4K solution.


ViXS' 8th-generation XCode 6400 10-bit High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) Ultra HD System-on-Chip (SoC) is the first chip available on the market to meet the challenges of 10-bit media processing in a single low-power, cost-effective package - driving the transition to Ultra HD across the entire content distribution value chain.


The XCode 6400 delivers Ultra HD 4K content at the full resolution of 3840x2160 up to 60 frames per second in Main 10 Profile.


The 10-bit HEVC processing enables greater than 1 billion colors, creating smoother color transitions that resolve color-banding issues plaguing lower bit-depth formats.


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