Sony explains its new 4K codec: XAVC

Published in Technology & Computing

Do we need yet another H.264 - based codec? Sony thinks that we do, and explains why

You will hear a lot about codecs when it comes to 4k in the next few months, but the most important one of them all finally reaches an important milestone in January when HEVC hits the Final Draft International Standard stage. Ratification and commercial products supporting it will not be far behind

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"

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!

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

The art of Motion Tracking

Published in Post & VFX

For most of the history of film, if you wanted to insert something into the picture that didn't exist,  the camera had to be stationary. Motion tracking allows artificial objects to be inserted convincingly into real footage. Phil Rhodes explains

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.

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

Will Perseus be the go-to codec for 4K?

Published in Studio & Broadcast

Could the new Perseus codec usurp H.265/HEVC for future 4K distribution (and possibly even acquisition)? 

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