Thomson Video updates ViBE(R) encoding to support HEVC


Michelle Clancy

| 19 August 2015

Thomson Video Networks has introduced an updated version of its ViBE(R) VS7000 multiscreen encoding system with expanded capabilities for high-efficiency video coding (HEVC).

The updates include an interlaced mode, an additional 10% improvement in compression performance and support for statistical multiplexing. With the upgrade, the ViBE VS7000 can support HEVC and statistical encoding for interlaced video content including 1080i25/30, 576i25, and 480i30.

"Most of today's existing video content is in interlaced format, therefore operators need the ability to encode this content in the best possible quality. Also, statistical encoding is a technology that already exists for MPEG-2 or MPEG-4, delivering a typical bit rate reduction of 20-30% versus constant-bit-rate mode," said Stéphane Cloirec, director of product management at Thomson Video Networks.

"With the latest version of the ViBE VS7000, we're providing these capabilities through HEVC to cut bandwidth requirements in half for interlaced video delivery. It's the latest example of our Behind Every Screen strategy to deliver convergent solutions and the latest compression technologies for premium video quality on every platform and device."

Designed for DTT, satellite, cable and telcos, the statistical multiplexing feature can combine any MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and HEVC encoded stream into a single statistical pool if needed.