Posted October 26 2006 - 10:35 AM
Blu-ray, HD DVD Encoder Sharpens Image
| "We developed many new algorithms to get the quality we're trying to achieve," said Jeffrey Cooper, general manager for Thomson Corporate Research. "Think of compression standards like a toolbox with hundreds of tools." |
Developing the compression technology required tradeoffs. It took Technicolor and Thomson more than a year to develop the 50 algorithms required to achieve the perfect picture quality. The video encoding technology is based on MPEG4-H.264/AVC.
Thomson introduces TIGER AVC encoder for HD DVD and Blu-ray
| Unfortunately the move to next generation discs hasn't yielded the universally great picture quality we would all like to see, but Thomson's Technicolor Content Services thinks it has the answer. Its new TIGER AVC encoding package is based on MPEG-4 / h.264 technology, but apparently tuned with various algorithms specficially chosen to provide the best results on edges and motion. Ideally, this will make it easy for replicators to provide great video quality, and leave plenty of space on disc for HDi and BD-J extras. No word on if Thomson's film grain technology is a part of the "secret sauce" that makes this encoder so noteworthy, but we'll see if yields good results. |