ITU Approves H.265 4K Streaming On The Way Soon!



I picked this up via Gizmodo. It looks like we may finally be getting H.265. This could be the answer to streaming 4K video. That 4K camera is looking sexier all the time now. Here is a rip from the Gizmodo article.

Streaming video is the future. Well, it’s the present, but the future too. And as resolutions increase, it’s going to be a tougher and tougher proposition to pipe all that data to your screen of choice in a timely fashion. Fortunately, the new H.265 standard has been approved by the ITU and it’s here to help.

Also known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), the H.265 standard should make HD video streaming easier and could make even UHD (formerly known as 4K) streaming feasible whenever that becomes a thing that people actually might want to do. Ideally, new compression techniques that come along with the H.265 standard should make 1080p streaming possible while only requiring about half as much of the data that’s required today.

On top of making it easier to stream increasingly high definition content, the new standard should also make it easier to stream stuff on less-than-zippy networks, bringing higher quality video content to mobile devices with less of a wait on buffering.

But of course, the effects won’t be instant. Sure, software encoders are imminent, but we won’t really start reaping the benefits until the standard gets adopted down in the chips. H.265 won’t be able to shoulder the whole burden of increasingly mammoth streaming video loads, but it should be able to lend a hand, and that’s worth something at least.

Source: Gizmodo

Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.