Draft of MPEG H.265 Doubles Efficiency of H.264
The Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG) recently published a draft of a new video compression standard that it says is twice as efficient as the standard used today. The new standard is called High Efficiency Video Coding, or H.265. Video content encoded with H.265 would require half as much bandwidth as content encoded with the H.264 standard, which is widely used today. Ericsson Research visual technology lead Per Frojdh believes the technology could be available in mobile devices as soon as 2013. It's not clear when the draft of the standard might be finalized and/or implemented. Frojdh's group is also working on new techniques for compression 3D content that could be played back without requiring 3D glasses. Frojdh believes the 3D compression standard could be ready by 2014.
Opera Mini for Android Adds Video Boost
Opera today updated its Opera Mini browser for Android devices and added video compression to improve playback and reduce data usage. Opera says the Video Boost tool should cut down buffering times and provide smoother performance on mobile devices when streaming video over cellular networks.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Gains HDR Video from Netflix
Netflix recently added the Sony Xperia XZ smartphone to the short list of those able to play back high-definition video in HDR. High-dynamic range content offers better contrast than standard content.
Powermat Has Joined the Wireless Power Consortium
Powermat, a member of the Power Matters Alliance using the AirFuel standard, has also joined the Wireless Power Consortium, the group that supports the Qi wireless charging standard. Powermat became a member of the WPC this week, where it will contribute its technology to improve and advanced inductive wireless charging for both PMA and Qi devices.
Amazon, Google, Microsoft Working On Open Media Formats
A handful of tech companies this week launched the Alliance for Open Media with the intent of creating an open standard for high definition video that will be compatible with all devices across the web. The companies hope to field next-generation codecs that are interoperate and open, optimized for the web, and scalable to any device at any bandwidth.
Chrome to Support HDR Video Playback
Google today provided an update on the progress it has made with the Chrome browser over the last year and offered a peek at some features that will arrive later this year. To start, Chrome now supports play/pause, rewind, and fast forward controls for audio and video.
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