HEVC - Software and Hardware Solutions

High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC - officially to be approved as ITU-T H.265 | ISO/IEC 23008-2) is the next-generation video-compression standard of ITU-T and ISO/IEC. It was developed by the Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding (JCT-VC) with significant contributions from Fraunhofer HHI’s Image Processing department. Compared to its predecessor H.264/AVC, HEVC achieves about 50% bit-rate reduction at the same subjective video quality.

Fraunhofer HHI's Image Processing department develops HEVC software and hardware solutions, demonstrating the benefits of the newest video-coding technology H.265 / MPEG-HEVC.

HEVC 4K Real-time Software Decoder

Fraunhofer HHI has developed an H.265 / MPEG-HEVC software decoder. Its resource efficient, multi-threaded architecture makes real-time decoding of 4K 60Hz ultra high definition video possible and perfectly suits the ever-growing need for high resolution video in applications such as mobile web streaming, and high-quality TV broadcasting.

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HEVC 4K Real-time Software Encoder

Fraunhofer HHI has developed an encoding solution for the newly established H.265 / MPEG-HEVC video coding standard that demonstrates the benefits of highefficiency video coding (HEVC). The latest real-time software encoder can encode 4K 60Hz ultra high definition video in real-time.

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HEVC 4K Real-time Hardware Decoder

Fraunhofer HHI has developed a completely hardware based H.265 / MPEG-HEVC decoder IP core. Without an additional processor core, the decoder achieves real-time performance for 4K ultra high definition (UHD) video requiring only moderate clock frequencies. For evaluation purposes the design is available as an implementation for the Altera Stratix V GX Advanced Systems Development Kit (4K /UHD) and the Altera Stratix V DSP Kit (up to 1080p60).

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HEVC 4K Bitstream Test Suite

The HHI HEVC bitstream test suite is a set of specially crafted coded video sequences that can be used to test conformance of HEVC decoders. Each of these bitstreams has specific characteristics that test the functionality of all individual components of an HEVC decoder and their interactions. A reference decoder is shipped with the test suite that can be used to verify the decoding results.

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