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NAB: Thomson embraces HEVC

French firm Thomson Video Networks has added support for the new High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) compression standard to its flagship ViBE VS7000 multiscreen video encoding/transcoding platform, after playing a key role in the new standard’s development.

HEVC is billed as being twice as efficient as the previous video compression standard, H.264, meaning that file sizes and transmission speed requirements are halved, allowing operators to deliver high-quality images over slower connections.

Claude Perron, Chief Technology Officer at Thomson Video Networks, said: “The new HEVC compression standard drastically increases the number of options available to operators for efficient encoding of video material.

“The secret lies in the way the tool set is implemented. This is exactly why we made the decision to develop our own HEVC compression technology for our ViBE VS7000 — just as we have always done when important new standards emerge.”

Thomson will demonstrate its new live and file-based HEVC encoding solution at the NAB 2013 show which starts in Las Vegas later this week.

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