Where Does HEVC Stand Right Now?

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Michael Goldman of SMPTE writes on the state of HEVC roll-out and whether it's truly poised to become the successor to H.264 quite yet.

He writes, "Since SMPTE Newswatch last reported on the then-impending formal arrival of the High-Efficiency Video Coding compression standard (HEVC, also known as H.265 or MPEG-H, Part 2) in 2012, much has transpired in terms of the standard's direction and potential impact on a wide range of improvements regarding the efficient broadcasting of high-quality video content direct to consumers. The bottom line on one hand, suggests Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of TV compression technology at Ericsson, is that HEVC has clearly established itself as the eventual enabling compression standard for making the transmission of ultra high-definition television (UHDTV) content to consumers possible. On the other hand, he points out that the process of fully rolling the new spec into the professional and consumer hardware systems necessary to make all this work efficiently could take several more years as the horse, in essence, is only now leaving the starting gate."

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