Editor | 26-08-2013
With 4K services ever more likely to happen, Thomson Video Networks has enhanced its ViBE VS7000 encoding/transcoding platform and A/V Codec analyser with support for HEVC.
The company first announced that it would support the High Efficiency Video Coding compression standard in April 2013 aiming to take advantage of the fact that video streams using the new standard will need only half the bit rate of its predecessor, ITU-T H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 Advanced Video Coding (AVC), which currently accounts for over four-fifths of all Web video.
"With HEVC support, we are clearing a path for our customers to deliver the most advanced HD and UltraHD video offerings on any type of device and over any type of network," said Eric Gallier, vice president of marketing, Thomson Video Networks.
Shipping now, ViBE VS7000 is one of the first worldwide implementations of HEVC, and it is designed to lower operators' OPEX for delivery of a wide range of convergent TV services including online TV and over the top (OTT) services as well as traditional IPTV and cable applications. Available from the end of September 2013 as stand-alone software or as part of the Thomson Video Networks VTS500 video test system, the A/V Codec analyser offers in-depth analysis of HEVC-encoded video and its associated elementary audio streams, in addition to MPEG-2 and H.264 video formats.
"Based on our industry-leading algorithm expertise, the newest VS7000 dramatically increases the options available to operators and offers compelling OPEX reductions through bandwidth efficiencies,” added Gallier. “The HEVC-enabled A/V Codec analyser is the perfect tool to accelerate product innovation for DTV developers, systems integrators, and network operators as they develop next-generation video networks."