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ATEME has announced what it says is the industry’s first open source implementation of a software media player supporting High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). The implementation is available immediately. Service providers and broadcasters are able to accelerate experimentation of the new HEVC Codec standard in the field thanks to this development, the company says.
GPAC is an open source media player that can be used to playback live or file-based audio and video content and also to encapsulate and transmit such content as a stream. Those functionalities are now extended to files or streams encoded with HEVC, the latest video compression format standardized by ITU as H.265.
Jean Le Feuvre, Associate Professor at Telecom ParisTech, France and Project Leader for GPAC, comments: “GPAC has become an indispensable test bed for a broad range of experiments within our multimedia research projects. With
this breakthrough HEVC feature set, we expect that GPAC will also serve the needs of content providers and telecom operators who wish to explore what the new codec can accomplish for their business – whether it is a reduction
in bandwidth, or quality enhancements using the same bandwidth.”
GPAC has been validated with a 1080p High Definition content delivery chain. Work is now ongoing to extend the use cases to Ultra High Definition.
According to Jerome Vieron, Advanced Research Manager at ATEME: “The support of HEVC in GPAC is a milestone for the broadcast industry, allowing us to move from relatively static demonstrations of the new codec to much broader and more meaningful field trials. ATEME has been an early supporter of HEVC features in GPAC and took an active part in the integration effort because this will help our clients assess the performance of our TITAN product line in HEVC.”
The TITAN File and Live transcoder with support for HEVC, used in combination with the GPAC player, will be on display at the ATEME booth during NAB next week.