Announcing H.265

Is it true? Could there be a better video codec than the Emmy award-winning H.264? Looks like developers are making it happen.

On January 25th the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced the approval of the beginning stages of ITU-T H.265 or ISO/IEC 23008-2. I don’t actually know what those letters and numbers mean.

Informally known as HVEC, the new standard will need only half the bit rate of its predecessor, H.264.  The design will take in to account advancing screen resolutions, where bigger IS better, among other improving video technologies.

H.265 vs. H.264

H.265 vs. H.264

The plan is to phase in H.265 as high-end products outgrow the limits of current network and display. HEVC is said to improve video quality, double the data compression ratio compared to H.264, and support 4 K Ultra High Def (i.e. the RED camera systems) and 8K UHD with resolutions up to 8192×4320. S0 basically IMAX quality images. Whoa.

It still has a ways until its official release as the standard, but with the approval of these first stages, there is so much to look forward to!

About lindseymartin

I am a video and filmmaker currently residing in Philadelphia, PA.
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