We are very happy to announce that the Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding (JCT-VC) was awarded the Engineering Emmy for the development of High Efficiency Video Coding standard. The US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the recipients of the 69th Engineering Emmy Awards last week.
What are the practical implications of this achievement?
The quality of multimedia content has improved constantly over the years. Storing and distributing more better-quality multimedia content over the same delivery channels has become essential but requires digital compression. Content providers and distributors must be able to deliver content, which end-users must be able to “decompress” to view (or listen to) it. HEVC ISO/IEC 23008-2 | ITU-T H.265 makes it possible to distribute better quality multimedia content, like Ultra-High-Definition TV (UHDTV) video, which includes both 4K UHD and 8K UHD, over a variety of channels to a multitude of platforms, from widescreen TV sets to mobile devices. The High Efficiency Video Coding allows about double the compression ratio at the same level of video quality or significantly better quality of the same video viewed via a specific channel (mobile broadband, satellite, cable, fibre-optic).
How was this new video compression standard developed?
ISO/IEC JTC 1: Information Technology, the Joint Technical Committee established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), set up ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29: Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information in 1991. A Working Group (WG 11) of this SC: Coding of moving pictures and audio (Moving Picture Experts Group – MPEG) developed a number of Standards that made it possible to compress multimedia and hypermedia content. ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11 set up the Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding (JCT-VC), together with Study Group 16 of the International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) in 2010. The aim of JCT-VC was to develop a new generation video coding/compression standard that would further reduce by 50% the data rate needed for high quality video coding, as compared to the then state-of-the-art Advanced Video Coding (AVC) Standard ISO/IEC 14496-10 | ITU-T Rec. H.264.
The HEVC Standard was released in 2013. JCT-VC published the much-improved High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) Standard in 2015.
The awards ceremony is planned for Wednesday, October 25. We would like to use this opportunity to congratulate all the winners.