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A new draft standard for video has been agreed upon by delegates of the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) which will revolutionise video for the digital streaming age, since the new standard will halve the size of video files while maintaining the quality. The new standard was decided in order to make bandwidth and download requirements for digital video streaming more manageable.

The old standard for compressed high-definition video, H264, is technically called MPEG-4 Part 10. This will eventually be replaced by the new High Efficiency Video Coding H.265, otherwise known as MPEG-H Part 2.

Meeting organiser, Per Fröjdh, also a manager for visual technology at Ericsson Research says:

“There’s a lot of industry interest in this because it means you can halve the bit rate and still achieve the same visual quality, or double the number of television channels with the same bandwidth.”

The move is set to have an enormous impact on the industry as file sizes will be so much smaller. Video data downloads increase every day and are expected to reach up to 90% of total data usage by 2015. Mobile service providers are expected to take up the new format readily, while other services may follow a little more slowly.

Source: NeoWin


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  1. Ganesh Kumar
    August 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    nice move small size best quality

  2. Arpan Patelia
    August 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Looking forward to this change.. let's see how long it takes to implement this.

    • Angela Alcorn
      August 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

      Hopefully not too long!

  3. RIMA R
    August 20, 2012 at 10:58 am

    This is a good development. Looking forward to H.265. Thanks for the Info!! :)

  4. Jake
    August 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I hope this happens soon so I can start using HD again on Netflix and not worry about getting those rediculous " you have used 75% of your bandwidth for the month" emails from my isp.

    • Angela Alcorn
      August 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

      This is exactly why it was invented. :)

  5. Shawn Holmes
    August 18, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I wonder if Apple will ease up on mp4 and allow this new format or will I have to encode it like I do now?

    • lolmp4
      August 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

      MP4 is merely a container. You can have x264 files inside of an MP4 with no problem at all. The reason mkv's are so popular are the way they handle subtitles, the fact that they can hold pretty much every video and audio stream known to man, and it's completely open source. Other than that, you can have a video be exactly the same quality, no matter what format, or container it is, as long as it has the exact same video streams inside of it, it really doesn't matter it it's mp4 or mkv, the quality should be exactly the same

      • Angela Alcorn
        August 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

        Thanks for explaining that!

  6. Laga Mahesa
    August 18, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Interesting. I'm a big fan of h264/x264; my movie collection consists of DVD (400 Mb), 720p (700-850Mb) and 1080p (1.5-2Gb) compressed using this and the results are extremely acceptable. I only keep higher quality files for movies where visuals are important, like outdoor scenery and CGI.

    It'll be at least 5 years though before this gets mainstream - the tools need to be made (ie, x265 hopefully), hardware needs to be updated and a baseline of content needs to be made.

    Also, the porn industry needs to start using it to get the ball rolling, lol.

    • Angela Alcorn
      August 18, 2012 at 6:37 am

      That's usually where these things gain traction. :)

  7. Ravi Lamontagne
    August 18, 2012 at 1:48 am

    thank God for these intelligent men

  8. GodSponge
    August 18, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Looking forward to the standard, but I'm not looking forward to re-encoding all my videos.

    • Angela Alcorn
      August 18, 2012 at 6:37 am

      I'm sure the old standard will still be supported by players for a long time yet.

      • GodSponge
        August 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm

        Yeah, I meant if I want to take advantage of having my files take less space.

  9. Kaashif Haja
    August 18, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Cool info!

  10. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    August 18, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I can save more videos!

    • Angela Alcorn
      August 18, 2012 at 6:36 am

      Hitting the nail on the head, here! :)

  11. jnaveenj
    August 17, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Very interesting.

  12. jessemanalansan
    August 17, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks for the info!! :)

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