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

Published in Technology

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

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

Published in Technology

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

Massive codec upgrade for Sony's PMW-300 and PMW-400

Published in Production

A surprise upgrade for Sony's shoulder-mount ENG cameras means they can record HD with the same quality as visually lossless ProRes

Sony explains its new 4K codec: XAVC

Published in Technology

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

H.265 AKA HEVC. The next generation of video compression

Published in Technology

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

H 265 is the new H 264

Published in Distribution

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

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

Sony explains XAVC in detail

Published in Technology

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

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

VP9 codec rides to the aid of 4K

Published in Distribution

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

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