- "Unique Digital Radio" for Europe (Editorial)
- Technical trial of the EBU P2P media portal
- MIRO — open and decentralized internet TV
- HDTV production codec tests
- Dolby Pulse — combining the merits of Dolby Digital and HE-AAC
- DTV transmitter power efficiency – new opportunities for reducing costs and environmental impact
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
VC-2 is actually the DiracPro codec, a wavelet-based video compression technology developed by the R&D labs of the UK broadcaster BBC. VC-2 is royalty free.
Declared features are:
- Intra-frame only (Inter prediction also available if required)
- 10 bit 4:2:2
- No subsampling
- Lossless or visually lossless compression
- Low latency on encode/decode
- Robust over multiple passes
- Ease of transport (can use a range of transport standards)
- Low complexity for decoding
- Open Specification
- Multiple vendor
- Support for multiple HD image formats and frame rates.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
EuclidVision is an object-based video compression system that reportedly produces « a 460% or greater compression improvement over MPEG-4, the standard for digital video, or a 600% improvement over MPEG-2, across a range of video types ».
The official press release is available on this page.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Synfora's PICO, like Mentor's Catapult C, is a High-Level Synthesis tool that accepts as input software models written in high-level, untimed languages (such as ANSI C) and produce as output optimized, synthesizable RTL.
Sandvine has released its latest global broadband research, completed in October 2008. Data was collected from more than 16 million broadband subscribers in over 18 countries and the findings include several interesting facts around the popularity of online entertainment-based applications.
Reportedly, Peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic remains dominant in the upstream direction totaling 61 per cent of network traffic and is also responsible for more than 22 per cent of downstream bandwidth consumption worldwide, although subscribers are increasingly turning to alternatives such as File Hosting/Online Storage web services and SSL tunnels.
The full executive summary of the report is available on this page.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Following this link you can find a Q&A with Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft, talking about the new Silverlight. Here is an interesting excerpt:
Question: Historically, people have associated Microsoft with VC-1. Does this signal a change in direction?
Guthrie: No. Although we have been working with VC-1 for some time, it’s not widely recognized that Microsoft has also been an active participant in the standardization of H.264/MPEG AVC for many years, and we’ve included H.264 support in several Microsoft products. Microsoft’s Gary Sullivan was the chairman of the Joint Video Team (JVT), which developed the H.264 standard, and he recently accepted an Emmy Award on behalf of the JVT.
Question: Does this mean that Silverlight is moving away from Windows Media?
Guthrie: Not at all. This is about offering our customers more choice. Media producers and distributors around the world have enjoyed the high quality, flexibility and affordability of Windows Media formats for over a decade. As a testament to its pervasiveness, Windows Media can be found in almost every conceivable media scenario from desktop home video to feature films and TV broadcasts.