Home » Posts tagged "hevc"

Cisco 開發新的 Video Codec:Thor

Cisco 開發新的 Video Codec 與 HEVC (H.265) 競爭,專案名稱叫做 Thor:「World, Meet Thor – a Project to Hammer Out a Royalty Free Video Codec」。


Unfortunately, the patent licensing situation for H.265 has recently taken a turn for the worse. Two distinct patent licensing pools have formed so far, and many license holders are not represented in either. There is just one license pool for H.264. The total costs to license H.265 from these two pools is up to sixteen times more expensive than H.264, per unit. H.264 had an upper bound on yearly licensing costs, whereas H.265 has no such upper limit.

不過一開頭寫到 VP9 是 proprietary 的描述讓人很不解:

There are two of note – Google’s proprietary VP9 codec, and the industry standard H.265 (HEVC) codec, which is the successor to H.264 (AVC).

往下拉 comment 看果然就有人提出來:

How exactly is VP9 more "proprietary" than Thor? Both are open sourced under BSD license, both are royalty free, both are intended to be unencumbered by patents. Are you defining "proprietary" as "not controlled by Cisco"?


想要取代 JPEG 的 BPG (Better Portable Graphics)

雖然是有點久的消息了,但還是拿出來講:「BPG Image format」。

在「BPG Image Comparison」這頁可以直接看到一些比較,在「BPG/JPEG comparison on the Lena picture」可以看到經典的萊娜圖比較。

很明顯 BPG 比 JPEG 好很多,而又比 WebP 更上一層樓。但是看到這個部份就皺眉了:

Based on a subset of the HEVC open video compression standard.

最後面也有提到 HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) 的專利問題:

Some of the HEVC algorithms may be protected by patents in some countries (read the FFmpeg Patent Mini-FAQ for more information). Most devices already include or will include hardware HEVC support, so we suggest to use it if patents are an issue.

繼續觀望下去 :o