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Telestream Helps Launch Open Source x265HEVC Project

Telestream Helps Launch Open Source x265HEVC Project | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Company teamed with MulticoreWare to help develop and promote an H.265/HEVC codec, building on the success of the x264 codec, and already claims encouraging data rate reductions for encoding.

 

Telestream reached out to MultiCoreWare for assistance with multicore CPU and GPU acceleration. Telestream also involved Jason Garrett-Glaser, lead developer of the x264 project, who provided guidance on how to best apply parallelization to the x264 codec. The three-way collaboration worked so well that Telestream decided to apply it to the next generation x265 codec.

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WebM Gaining Momentum in Hardware

WebM Gaining Momentum in Hardware | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Hardware product cycles are very long, especially from the software developer’s perspective. However, in just under two years after the launch of the WebM Project, the leading chip vendors are bringing to the market full hardware support for VP8 real time and streaming video decoding and encoding at 1080p resolution.

 

In addition to the K3V2 application processor from Huawei and the RK30xx application processor from Rockchip announced at the Mobile World Congress 2012, ST-Ericsson has also finished developing a new platform with full VP8 support. “Working with the WebM team, ST-Ericsson is proud to demonstrate the first prototype devices using the NovaThor L954, a complete LTE platform for smartphones and tablets equipped with a high-performance application processor,” said Itai Dadon, Smartphone Business Development at ST-Ericsson. “The NovaThor L9540 incorporates a dual-core CPU, a powerful graphics engine and optimized multimedia accelerators in a high-performance, low-power solution which is fully geared for 1080p 30fps video playback of WebM on HTML5”.

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Post-it sized computer does dual HD decoding (video)

Post-it sized computer does dual HD decoding (video) | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
We've seen some tiny PCs, but the (deep breath) Habey SOM-6670 E6XX Tunnel Creek QSeven computer module (phew...) has managed to impress even this crew of jaded tech bloggers. The tiny, Post-it sized board carries an embedded E600 series Atom processor which features the GMA600 integrated GPU -- the same HD video decoding core at work in the Boxee Box and Logitech Revue. This little guy is capable of handling not one, but two 1080p videos at once.
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VeriSilicon Introduces Hantro G2 Video Decoder IP with HEVC and VP9 Support [PR]

VeriSilicon Introduces Hantro G2 Video Decoder IP with HEVC and VP9 Support [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

 VeriSilicon announced today the availability of Hantro G2 multi-format video decoder IP to support ultra HD 4K video decoding for HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding, aka H.265) video coding standard. The G2 IP also adds support for the upcoming VP9 web video format from the WebM Project. In addition, all legacy video formats such as H.264, VP8, MPEG-4, VC-1, AVS (soon also AVS+), MPEG-2, DivX, Sorenson Spark and VP6 are supported in Hantro G2 IP.

 

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Interesting to note that a long-time VP supporter promotes HEVC first...

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A comprehensive guide to parallel video decoding

A comprehensive guide to parallel video decoding | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Emeric blogs about Development of a hardware-accelerated VP8 video decoder

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As promised, today we’ll talk about video decoding. We will review the most important operations that a decoder has to fulfill, and for each case see what kind of speed boost we can expect with a shader based video decoding. Because video decoding is a complex process and one blog post can hardly be thorough, I’ll provide related links for each chapter, if you wish to start your own research on a particular subject


Let’s begin with a quick overview of the most important operations of a VP8 video decoding process...

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