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Envivio enhances 4K encoding software

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:15pm
Brian Santo

Envivio introduced a new multiprocessor software approach for real-time 4K Ultra HD HEVC (H.265) compression using its Muse encoding software.

The approach relies on distributing HEVC encoding across multiple server nodes. This architecture is designed to provide the power to perform high quality Ultra HD compression on industry-standard servers.

The company expects this should encourage migration to HEVC and cost-effective, scalable deployment in the datacenter and cloud.

Muse Ultra HD is designed to encode either one 4Kp60 (progressive video at 60 frames per second) or two simultaneous 4Kp30 (30 fps) video signals in HEVC format using a 2-RU Intel-based server.

These services can be delivered to Ultra HD-capable devices, including the brand new Ultra HD big screens that have been gaining consumer momentum since their launch at CES this year.

Ultra HD provides video with four times as many pixels as today’s 1080p HDTV, twice the frame rate, and a broader color range with the new BT 2020 standard. The HEVC standard reduces bandwidth consumption compared to MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) by 30 to 50 percent, improving the video experience and reducing cost of operations for both Ultra HD big-screen services and existing mobile or over-the-top TV services.

“Ultra HD gives consumers a much richer and higher quality experience in the home for premium video services such as high-profile sports events, and HEVC is a game-changing technology quickly gaining traction in the market,” said Julien Signès, Envivio’s president and CEO. “Using our HEVC compression algorithm and leveraging the latest processor enhancements from Intel, we are able to perform demanding 4K video processing while delivering outstanding quality in a software-based architecture, reducing CAPEX and OPEX for both existing and new services.”

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