Ericsson hosts MPEG in Stockholm

This week, Ericsson Research’s Visual Technology unit is hosting a standardization meeting in Stockholm for MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group).

MPEG is well known for its standards in audio and video, including for example, MP3 and AAC used by iPods and other music players. MPEG also dominates the world of video codecs used for digital TV services, HDTV, mobile TV, video streaming, DVD, Blu-ray, etc. The week-long meeting will attract approximately 450 industry experts to discuss various issues surrounding MPEG standardization.

Head of Visual Technology at Ericsson, Per Fröjdh is the chairman of the Swedish MPEG committee and host for the meeting. He explains that MPEG and ITU-T are currently finishing a new video codec called HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) that will be ”twice as good” as state-of-the-art compression formats. “It gives the same quality at half the bitrate, or twice the number of channels at the same bandwidth.”

Visual Technology have been very active in MPEG for a long time and right now are busy standardizing the new HEVC video codec. Ten years have passed since MPEG and ITU-T last standardized a general video codec (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) and there is interest all over the world in starting using the new compression format.

Fröjdh points out that Ericsson contributes to other activities in MPEG as well, including the standardization of next-generation 3D video systems. “In the future you will no longer need glasses to watch 3D and it will also be possible to watch 3D on displays where you can change viewpoint by moving your head sideways.”

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