Next Generation Video

September 2019 - present

In NextGenVideo, the German public broadcaster WDR and Fraunhofer HHI are jointly exploring the potential of the Versatile Video Coding (VVC) Standard in broadcast.

Project partner:

Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) - a German public-broadcasting institution

Showcase: "Tatort" with Next-Generation Video and Audio Coding 

Fraunhofer HHI and IIS, together with WDR, present the high-performing latest generation of video and audio codecs at the 29th FKTG symposium in Erfurt.

To this end, Fraunhofer HHI has encoded the WDR Tatort (eng. Crime Scene) "Hubertys Rache" (eng. “Hubertys Revenge”) using the latest Versatile Video Coding (VVC) standard, which Fraunhofer HHI played a decisive role in developing. One major advantage offered by VVC is its significantly higher compression efficiency juxtaposed to previously available video coding standards. Thus, with the help of VVC, Tatort can be transmitted with the same subjective picture quality at a 75% reduced data rate in comparison to the AVC standard currently used in the ARD Mediathek. Simultaneously, the Next Generation Audio (NGA) system MPEG-H Audio, co-developed by Fraunhofer IIS, allows using presets and easy sound adaptation to personal preferences. 
As a result of this successful cooperation between WDR and the two Fraunhofer Institutes, HHI will be demonstrating the playback of the crime scene encoded with VVC and MPEG-H on a standard tablet at the joint exhibition stand 1.3 in Erfurt.