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New Quicktime codecs for Mac released

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Apple have updated their Quicktime codecs for Pro applications to version 1.0.2, adding support for more file formats

Could VP9 be the codec for 4K Blu-Ray?

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 Even though many pundits think 4K will be delivered by streaming, there are plenty of households still with slower broadband for whom this will not be an option. Now, it seems, Google's free VP9 codec might be a candidate for a new "Blu-Ray" format

VP9 codec rides to the aid of 4K

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Google seems to be saying "Forget H.265 - our VP9 codec is here, now, and is better"

Redshark's only 10 months old, and our readership is growing all the time. So if you're a new arrival here you'll have missed some great articles from earlier in the year

Sony explains XAVC in detail

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Even though some people groaned when Sony announced their XAVC codec back in October 2012, it's beginning to look like it is more than just another variation on the h.264 theme. What it may turn out to be is a rich environment for 4K production that is widely supported by NLEs and post production vendors

Watch out pixels! There's a new Vector-based codec

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Researchers at the University of Bath claim to have invented a codec based not on pixels but on vectors. Vector graphics have been around for a long time but until now they have not been considered to be suitable for general purpose image work - and certainly not for video - because while they have distinct advantages, they are difficult to use where images are complex

HEVC/H.265: Everything you need to know

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In a major new article, Phil Rhodes explores the background to HEVC/H.265, and explains what makes it so good at compressing video. Read this if you want to know how almost all video - including 4K - will be delivered in the near future

Why can't there just be one, really good, codec?

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Phil Rhodes doesn't mince his words in wondering why not!

There are so many great articles in RedShark's archive - we're publishing this again in case you missed it first time!

8 bit or 10 bit? The truth may surprise you

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It’s a great pity that in order to enjoy the benefits of digital imaging, we must use pixels that may only be one of a comparatively small selection of colours, as opposed to the effectively infinite subtlety of nature. Phil Rhodes spreads light and understanding about quantization and noise.

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