Friday, August 12, 2011

The Latest H.265 - The second release of HEVC Test Model 3.0

According to Cisco's latest Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, world mobile data traffic to explode by factor of 26 by 2015, and two-thirds of the world's mobile data traffic will be video by 2015.

Many initiatives are underway for greater video quality. Japan's NHK is working on Super Hi-Vision video format , a successor to the familiar high-definition broadcast system, using 4K × 2K TV with approximately four times the pixel count of Full HD. Fujitsu announced that it has developed h.264 based codec equipment for systems transmitting Super Hi-Vision (SHV) video, with resolution 16 times higher than Japan's current Full Hi-Vision video. As entering an era of video data exploding, 3D and other high-resolution imaging, video compression technology is going to be more and more important.

HEVC, also called h.265, aims to achieve approximately four times the compression performance of MPEG-2 and approximately twice that of MPEG-4 AVC/H.264. The following slides show this initiative:

The second release of HEVC Test Model 3.0 is now available under the HM-3.0rc2 tag on the svn servers:

The first working draft (WD1) of HEVC HM text is also available as document C403 at JCT-VC Document Management System.

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