Super-efficient video format could make streaming 8K movies more practical

Super-efficient video format could make streaming 8K movies more practical

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  • Fraunhofer’s new H.266 video format makes use of half the bandwidth of H.265.
  • It might be essential to streaming 8K video, HDR, and 360-degree movies.
  • You’ll have to attend till the autumn to see it attain transport gadgets.

It’s been tough to utilize a model new 8K TV or cellular 8K recording when video that measurement normally consumes huge quantities of knowledge, however a brand new video format ought to make the ultra-sharp decision extra usable.

Fraunhofer and its companions (together with Apple, Intel, Microsoft and Sony) have launched the H.266 format, often known as Versatile Video Coding, that makes use of half as a lot bandwidth as the present H.265 (aka HEVC) commonplace. That ought to cut back the necessity for a speedy web connection whenever you’re streaming, but it surely additionally guarantees to shrink the scale for downloads. A 90-minute 4K video that consumes 10GB of house at the moment would use simply 5GB encoded in H.266, Fraunhofer mentioned.

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The expertise can even assist extra vivid excessive dynamic vary (HDR) output and 360-degree movies.

You’ll have to attend some time earlier than you see H.266 assist in your subsequent gadget. While the format is official as of this writing, the primary software program for creating and enjoying again movies received’t be prepared till Fraunhofer releases it someday within the fall. It could take longer nonetheless earlier than {hardware} makers assist the format, significantly when heavy compression tends to require extra computational energy. With that mentioned, the vary of companions means that assist will attain main platforms comparatively shortly.

It’s not clear how Google will strategy H.266, thoughts you. The firm has largely thrown its weight behind the royalty-free AV1 format, which isn’t as environment friendly as H.266 but additionally received’t carry the identical licensing points which have dogged H.265 and earlier requirements. You may even see fundamental playback assist, however we wouldn’t rely on YouTube and different video-centric Google companies embracing the brand new codec with open arms.

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