Committee Made to Draft 'H.265' Video Codec Standard

Written by John Ponio    Tuesday, 14 February 2012 18:21

H.264 to H.265

A committee has been drafted by a technological standards group to form the standard for the High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC), more commonly known as "H.265." Currently H.264 (MPEG-4) is what everyone loves, as it really is a great codec, but as technology advanced, it's become a little dated. This new codec is said to be 35-40% more efficient than H.264, and could be as high as 67% according to a speaker at a recent meeting on the codec.  This codec will also usher in the next generation of resolutions, such as 4K and 8K.The group doing this is called the Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding." As long as quality stays high, I'm excited for this new codec. I'm sure everyone involved in video streaming is excited for it, as well, because this codec should bring the same or better quality while using less data, meaning more profit for everyone involved. Companies such as Netflix and Hulu, if they choose to use it, won't have to pay as much for bandwidth, ISPs won't have to transfer as much data, and users won't use up their monthly data allotment so quickly. 


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