German research organization Fraunhofer HHI has announced that, along with its industry partners including Apple, Microsoft and Sony, it is confirming the official adoption of the new global video coding standard H.266/Versatile Video Coding (VVC). The company says the new standard improves compression and reduces data requirements by approximately 50% compared to the former H.265/High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) without compromising video quality.

H.266/VVC will provide efficient transmission and storage of all video resolutions from standard to high definition and on up to 8K, while also supporting HDR and omnidirectional 360-degree video. The consortium of companies developing the standard has been working together for years with the ultimate goal to finalize by July 2020, so it would appear the development was on schedule.

“After dedicating almost three years toward this standard, we are proud to have been instrumental in developing H.266/VVC,” says Benjamin Bross, head of the Video Coding Systems group at Fraunhofer HHI and editor of the +500-page standard specification of H.266/VVC. “Because of the quantum leap in coding efficiency offered by H.266/VVC, the use of video will increase further worldwide.”

The new chips required for the use of H.266/VVC are currently being designed. Dr. Thomas Schierl, head of the Video Coding and Analytics department at Fraunhofer HHI, announced “this autumn Fraunhofer HHI will publish the first software (for both encoder and decoder) to support H.266/VVC.”

 

 

 

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I guess that means that if I insert a USB stick with a video encoded this way, my playback machine will come up with the dreaded signal 'file type not recognised'. How will that affect people with equipment such as the Oppo 201? Will a software upgrade suffice (if Oppo offers one). I don't want to have to shell out on new equipment?
 

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I guess that means that if I insert a USB stick with a video encoded this way, my playback machine will come up with the dreaded signal 'file type not recognised'. How will that affect people with equipment such as the Oppo 201? Will a software upgrade suffice (if Oppo offers one). I don't want to have to shell out on new equipment?

For a number of reasons I don't think that we will need or see this on discs that with careful encoding at proper bitrates can already be the visual equal of studio masters save for chroma resolution.

Now for streaming that is another matter as with streaming we often see average bitrates for 4k content of 15 mbps and if they keep that bitrate with a more efficient codec we could see significantly improved handling of film grain and low light scenes in general as these can also be problematic with digital productions.

As for exact numbers I remain sceptical of the claims that we will see savings of 50% of the bitrate we had before to get the same quality. It did not quite turn out as advertised going from H264 to H265 and I also expect this to be the case with going from H265 to H266.