HEVC – Software and Hardware Solutions
Compressed video data is growing faster than ever: Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) TVs are using the fourfold Full HD resolution, also known as 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels). By now, video data make up by far the highest proportion both in Internet and mobile traffic. However, the trend towards high quality and high resolution images and videos is associated with a steadily growing amount of data. In order to transmit these as efficiently as possible, an ever-better compression is required. The H.265 / High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard provides this highly efficient compression. Compared to the established video coding standard H.264 / MPEG-AVC, the next-generation HEVC standard achieves a 50 percent reduction in bit rate while maintaining the same image quality.
The HEVC standard was developed by Fraunhofer HHI together with well-known manufacturers in the fields of mobile communications and consumer electronics. The expertise of Fraunhofer researchers in video coding also enables the development of encoding software and hardware solutions that fully exploit the compression potential of HEVC and process UHD video in real time. In addition, the advanced architecture of the HEVC encoders and decoders is resource efficient and adaptable to a variety of fields of application. The current generation of the HEVC real-time software en- and decoders, developed by Fraunhofer HHI, is thus a worldwide leading product series.
The HEVC real-time encoder, developed primarily for HD and 4K/UHD resolutions, is used in a variety of live television productions. For example, the encoder was used by the Swiss telecommunications company Swisscom for the live broadcast of the FIFA World Cup in 2018 in UHD and is still being used as part of the conversion to DVB-T2 HD at ZDF.
- Fraunhofer HHI shows latest video technologies at IBC
- IFA 2018: High-definition video footage enters Virtual Reality with MPEG-OMAF and HEVC tiles of Fraunhofer HHI
- Fraunhofer HHI enables live broadcast of the 2018 Soccer World Cup in Ultra HD on Swisscom TV
- A New Language for VR Streaming: MPEG Technically Finalized First International Standard for VR Streaming
- Fraunhofer HHI presents MPEG OMAF viewport-dependent VR video streaming using HEVC tiles
- SES and Fraunhofer HHI broadcast live 360-degree panorama video via satellite with HEVC
- ZDF relies on Rohde & Schwarz and Fraunhofer HHI for the transition to DVB-T2
- NAB 2017: Encoding and multiplexing solution from Rohde & Schwarz leads in HEVC and HDR
- Tile Based DASH Streaming for Virtual Reality with HEVC – Enabler for high quality 360 degree video from Fraunhofer HHI at CES