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Gary J. Sullivan


Gary J. Sullivan 

(Microsoft Corporation)

Topic: HEVC: The Next Generation in Video Compression

This talk will cover the latest status in the development of the High Efficiency Video Coding standard (HEVC). With this most recent joint project of the ITU-T VCEG and ISO/IEC MPEG standards groups, the development of HEVC brings together the technology advances developed over the last decade since the development of H.264 / MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (AVC). AVC has become the dominant technology for video world-wide, due to its doubling of compression performance relative to the prior H.262 / MPEG-2 Video standard. Now HEVC is arriving – and doubling the compression performance of AVC.

Adding to the momentum toward the adoption of HEVC is its lower-than-expected decoding complexity. Although it requires more computing resources than AVC, the increase is more modest than when AVC was introduced relative to MPEG-2. Moreover, HEVC includes key design features that enable it to benefit from modern parallel-processing architectures.

Since January 2010, when the standardization work on HEVC was formally launched with the creation of a Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding (JCT-VC) and announcement of a joint Call for Proposals, hundreds of participants have worked intensely through 11 meeting cycles to produce the HEVC standard. At the time of VCIP 2012, only one more meeting (and less than two months) will remain before the final specification for HEVC is produced.

This talk will describe the design of HEVC, the latest status of its development, and the news of its impending deployment into real-world products. Moreover, work on important extensions of HEVC's capabilities is already underway for near-term standardization. New profiles will be specified for HEVC professional-domain applications, support for scalable video coding will be added, and new approaches to 3D video coding are under development. The talk will also describe the status of work on these new extensions – most of which will be completed in 2014.