MPEG Systems File Format Subgroup wins Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award
- 6th Emmy® Award for MPEG Technology: MPEG Systems File Format Subgroup wins Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award
- Essential Video Coding (EVC) verification test finalized
- MPEG issues a Call for Evidence on Video Coding for Machines
- Neural Network Compression for Multimedia Applications – MPEG calls for technologies for incremental coding of neural networks
- MPEG Systems reaches the first milestone for supporting Versatile Video Coding (VVC) and Essential Video Coding (EVC) in the Common Media Application Format (CMAF)
- MPEG Systems continuously enhances Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH)
- MPEG Systems reached the first milestone to carry event messages in tracks of the ISO Base Media File Format
MPEG Systems File Format Subgroup wins Technology & Engineering Emmy® AwardMPEG is pleased to report that the File Format subgroup of MPEG Systems is being recognized this year by the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) with a Technology & Engineering Emmy® for their 20 years of work on the ISO Base Media File Format (ISOBMFF). This format was first standardized in 1999 as part of the MPEG-4 Systems specification and is now in its 6th edition as ISO/IEC 14496-12. It has been used and adopted by many other specifications, e.g.:
- MP4 and 3GP file formats;
- Carriage of NAL unit structured video in the ISO Base Media File Format, which provides support for AVC, HEVC, VVC, EVC, and probably soon LCEVC;
- MPEG-21 file format;
- Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) and Common Media Application Format (CMAF);
- High-Efficiency Image Format (HEIF);
- Timed text and other visual overlays in ISOBMFF;
- Common encryption format;
- Carriage of timed metadata metrics of media;
- Derived visual tracks;
- Event message track format;
- Carriage of uncompressed video;
- Omnidirectional Media Format (OMAF);
- Carriage of visual volumetric video-based coding data;
- Carriage of geometry-based point cloud compression data;
- … to be continued!
Essential Video Coding (EVC) verification test finalizedAt the 133rd MPEG meeting, a verification testing assessment of the Essential Video Coding (EVC) standard was completed. The first part of the EVC verification test using high dynamic range (HDR) and wide color gamut (WCG) was completed at the 132nd MPEG meeting. A subjective quality evaluation was conducted comparing the EVC Main profile to the HEVC Main 10 profile and the EVC Baseline profile to AVC High 10 profile, respectively:
- Analysis of the subjective test results showed that the average bitrate savings for EVC Main profile are approximately 40% compared to HEVC Main 10 profile, using UHD and HD SDR content encoded in both random access and low delay configurations.
- The average bitrate savings for the EVC Baseline profile compared to the AVC High 10 profile is approximately 40% using UHD SDR content encoded in the random-access configuration and approximately 35% using HD SDR content encoded in the low delay configuration.
- Verification test results using HDR content had shown average bitrate savings for EVC Main profile of approximately 35% compared to HEVC Main 10 profile.
In addition to verification tests, EVC, along with VVC and CMAF were subject to further improvements to their support systems.
Research aspects: as for every new video codec, its compression efficiency and computational complexity are important performance metrics. Additionally, the availability of (efficient) open-source implementations (i.e., x264, x265, soon x266, VVenC, aomenc, et al., etc.) are vital for its adoption in the (academic) research community.
MPEG Systems reaches the first milestone for supporting Versatile Video Coding (VVC) and Essential Video Coding (EVC) in the Common Media Application Format (CMAF)At the 133rd MPEG meeting, MPEG Systems promoted Amendment 2 of the Common Media Application Format (CMAF) to Committee Draft Amendment (CDAM) status, the first major milestone in the ISO/IEC approval process. This amendment defines:
- constraints to (i) Versatile Video Coding (VVC) and (ii) Essential Video Coding (EVC) video elementary streams when carried in a CMAF video track;
- codec parameters to be used for CMAF switching sets with VVC and EVC tracks; and
- support of the newly introduced MPEG-H 3D Audio profile.
MPEG Systems continuously enhances Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH)At the 133rd MPEG meeting, MPEG Systems promoted Part 8 of Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH), also referred to as “Session-based DASH,” to its final stage of standardization (i.e., Final Draft International Standard (FDIS)).
Historically, in DASH, every client uses the same Media Presentation Description (MPD), as it best serves the service's scalability. However, there have been increasing requests from the industry to enable customized manifests for enabling personalized services. MPEG Systems has standardized a solution to this problem without sacrificing scalability. Session-based DASH adds a mechanism to the MPD to refer to another document, called Session-based Description (SBD), allowing per-session information. The DASH client can use this information (i.e., variables and their values) provided in the SBD to derive the URLs for HTTP GET requests.
An updated overview of DASH standards/features can be found in the Figure below.
|MPEG DASH Status as of January 2021.|
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