At the IIT Real-Time Communications Conference & Expo in Chicago, Robert Skupin, Research Associate at the Video Coding & Analytics department at Fraunhofer HHI, speaks about ‘360 VR video services with HEVC’. In addition, he participates at the panel discussion ‘Towards a compatible VR solution’ with Stefan Döhla (Fraunhofer IIS), Jai Krishnan (Google) and Tyler Gibson (Microsoft).
HEVC is the latest video codec standard that resulted from the joint work of ITU and MPEG. Apart from its benefits in the domain of traditional video services, the compression capability of HEVC is envisioned to also be a cornerstone of future high quality 360 video services. However, reproducing an omnidirectional camera view in desirable quality on client side is still a challenging task as required bitrate and resolution exceed today’s limits of network bandwidth and decoder resources. Enabled by HEVC, advanced schemes for coding and delivery that go beyond state-of-the-art video streaming allow to achieve higher visual quality and a better user experience.
The talk ‘360 VR video services with HEVC’ identifies the weaknesses of traditional streaming methods in context of 360 video and provides an overview on ongoing standardization activities in MPEG for more advanced viewport-dependent streaming schemes with a special focus on HEVC tile based solutions.