Fluendo teams up with The Fraunhofer Institute to support 4K
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 19 June 2014
Multimedia and video company Fluendo is partnering with The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, an application-oriented research organisation, to extend video coding support to its Oneplay suite of solutions using the latter's decoder.

The Barcelona-based company has purchased the institute's H.265 decoder, through which it will improve its HEVC high-efficiency video coding. The standard is the new compression standard format for HD video playback, UltraHD 4K playback and will be a successor to the H.264/MPEG4-AVC video format.

The Fraunhofer Institute is one of the main contributors to the HEVC standard, which achieves a 50% bitrate reduction compared to H.264, all while maintaining the same subjective video quality.

"Supporting HEVC through our solutions is the next logical step for our customers who want the best HD video playback capabilities," said Muriel Moscardini, CEO of Fluendo. "By adding Fraunhofer's decoder to Fluendo's proven multimedia player, Oneplay becomes one of the few media players in the world that is able to support HEVC, which we expect to be the future de facto video format globally."

Benjamin Bross, editor at Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, added: "With the addition of our HEVC decoder, Fluendo's player will be able to support 4K, the new ultra high definition resolution currently emerging in digital video," said Benjamin Bross, H.265/MPEG-HEVC specification text main editor of Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute. "We are happy that Fluendo chose our technology to use widely in the different markets that the company operates in."