Start-up touts MPEG-2 gains

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Cable & Satellite International (CSI) — Euclid Discoveries has announced a technology that promises to boost MPEG-2 compression by 10-30%.

The EuclidVision is a software module that can be installed in legacy MPEG-2 set top boxes, which the Massachusetts-based company is pitching at cable MSO. It will demo the technology at this month’s CableLabs Summer Conference, where it also hopes to discuss potential licensing agreements with encoding companies.

EuclidVision enhances existing MPEG-2 encoders while maintaining compliance with MPEG-2 decoders. Test results, measured by BD rate and visual comparisons have shown compression gains of between 10-30% for high motion, high definition videos, according to the company.

Future versions of the technology for MPEG-2 encoders will produce additional compression gains and will be targeting enablement of real-time video processing. The company is also planning to report on their H.264 compliant EuclidVision software module before the end of the year.

The video processing technology changes the core compression methodology of MPEG-2, H.264, and HEVC at the prediction step, by applying modelling information intelligently, according to Euclid Discoveries. When EuclidVision determines that the complexity of the video has exceeded the conventional encoder’s capabilities, it applies additional modelling information to those regions to generate better predictions.

Other encoding suppliers like Ericsson and Harmonic are also known to be working on improving the efficiency of their MPEG-2 systems, given that a large portion of global video traffic is still compressed in that standard.

 

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