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VP9 codec rides to the aid of 4K

Published in Studio & Broadcast

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

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

Sony's XAVC is used across an increasing number of its professional camcorders. Why did they choose yet another format? There were good reasons, as we explain below

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

Replay - The best of 2012: 8 bit or 10 bit?

Published in Technology & Computing

In case you missed first time around, here's one of the best articles from 2012, by Phil Rhodes: 8 bit or 10 bit? The truth may surprise you!

H 265 is the new H 264

Published in Studio & Broadcast

The (draft) specification for H.265 is out. What is it, and what does it mean for the video industry? We get an expert's view.

HEVC/H.265: Everything you need to know

Published in Technology & Computing

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

Avid launches DNxHR resolution independent codec

Published in Post & VFX

 Avid products will now finally support 4K natively so that you can edit 4K in real time instead of using a proxy, but there have been a few surprises with this announcement at IBC

New Quicktime codecs for Mac released

Published in Technology & Computing

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

Sony explains XAVC in detail

Published in Technology & Computing

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

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